Kevin Anderson

KAPUSKASING – The volunteer group staging the 2019 edition of the annual Bikers’ Helping Hand event is continuing to add more attractions to help this year’s event a success.

In addition to changes including the elimination of the traditional “biker games” and the staging of a strongman competition, the event’s lead organizer Sylvie Dalton revealed a couple more changes to this year’s edition.

“In addition to hosting a strongman competition for the first time, we are pleased to announce that event will also include a strongwoman competition,” she said. “The strongman will be an official qualifier for the provincial championships and the ladies’ event will be an official qualifier for the national championships, so that’s pretty special.

This year’s rally will also have a new format, as rather than travelling from Hearst to Smooth Rock Falls, riders will visit locations around Kapuskasing.

“We’re trying something new with the rally,” said Dalton. “This new format will give participants the opportunity to visit several local attractions, including the Ron Morel Memorial Museum and La Fromagerie Kapuskoise and one other local stop, which we’ve yet to confirm.

“We’ll have the lunchtime parade and then move on to the strongman and strongwoman competitions. Then heading toward the evening we’ll have the draw for $5,000 and the draw for the Harley Davidson motorcycle and we’ve got Small Town Liberation Project providing the nighttime entertainment. It’s shaping up to be a great day.”

Over the course of the last several years, the Bikers’ Helping Hand event has raised over $80,000 for local individuals in need.

This year’s event goes Jun. 15.