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Middletown Blues and Bikes Kicks Off This Weekend
Tuesday, June 12, 2007 9:16:34 AM - Monroe Ohio





The Hog festivities may have wrapped up in West Chester, but the season is just beginning for our local Blues enthusiast and motorcycle riders of alike.

The popular Downtown Middletown Blues and Bikes festival returns to Donham Plaza on June 16th with hundreds of motorcycles and a dynamic range of soul and true blues vocalists such as of Scotty Bratcher, Rockin Horse, Michale Locke and the Repeat Offenders as well as the 2007 Cincinnati Blues Challenge, 2nd place winner Miss Lissa & Co.

The outdoor event has become a favorite for metro Blues music fans and motorcycle enthusiast alike. Now in its 4th year, The Middletown Blues and Bikes supports the local Blues scene by featuring homegrown talent from the Cincinnati-Dayton region.

“These bands are as good as any you’ll find anywhere with superior musicians” said Shawnda Combs, event coordinator. “The crowds will be pleased with the selection of music as we welcome back some of our favorites from years past.”

This event is free and open to the public. An assortment of food vendors will be selling hot foods and cold beverages. People attending the event should bring their own seating.

“The Blues and Bikes festival is family friendly, and The Manchester Inn is proud to be the starting point of the charity motorcycle ride”, said Scott Stacey, General Manager. 

The proceeds from the charity ride benefit the Middletown Parent Group and Butler County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.

In support of the charity, Butler County Commissioner Chuck Furmon will be presenting the Commissioners Choice Award, the most coveted trophy awarded at the event’s motorcycle show and contest.   “Everyone should have an opportunity to participate in community life with fellow citizens and to develop a sense of belonging to the community”, said Commissioner Furmon.

The Motorcycle portion of the event is sponsored by Granger Plastics, Martin Excavating, Rogers Jewelers, Budweiser, Imprint Promotions, D&D Swap Shop, Busters Bar and Shipps Wheel Sport.    The cost for registering is only $20 per bike and the first 100 to register will receive an official event T-shirt and other goodies donated by local businesses in support of the ride.

The morning festivities start at 10:30 am with ride registration until 12:00 pm.  The concert will begin at 4:00 pm and end approximately 10:00 pm. 

For more information visit our website

Contact: Shawnda Combs, event coordinator (513) 785-6335

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