The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

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April 28, 2014

Motorcyclists ready for bike season

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP — Bike season has begun with the 11th annual Bikers’ Ball sponsored by Media One Group, hosted at the Ashtabula Moose Lodge Sunday.

Hundreds of bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts packed the lodge on North Bend Rd. Sunday, a good turnout despite the unusually long winter said Kid Mitchell of Media One’s station 107.5FM The Fox.

“The turnout has been solid,” he said. “It’s better than expected just because of the winter we’ve had. A lot of people just aren’t ready to ride yet. Our bands really helped with the turnout, too. This year we have three bands: South of the Moon, Incoming which is formerly the Hep Kats, and our headliner is Matchpoint.”

Mitchell said the ball is host to several biker-oriented vendors, including Hell’s Angels Lake East, Goblin Custom Cycle, and the Outdoor Army Navy Store. The ball also featured a 50/50 raffle and a bathingsuit contest sponsored by California Imports, during which swim suits were modeled by the “Fox Girls.”

“The Bikers’ Ball is a spot of people to come to get together and have fun, and get ready for bike season,” Mitchell said. “This is really the first taste of riding season.”

Jill Carle of Magic 102.5 said that there is also a street bike competition, featuring Bikers’ Ball participants. All six Media One Group radio stations were represented at the ball, which ran from noon to 5 p.m.

This is the first year the ball has been hosted at the Moose Lodge. Jordan Matthews, also of 107.5 The Fox said, “I’ve been here for three years and it’s always been in different locations, and it’s always been awesome. But here (at the lodge) is just great.”

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