Chunky River Harley Davidson will be the epicenter today of one of the biggest drives for veterans and their families in the South.
Proceeds of the Dixie Thunder Run, that will bring upwards of 2,000 motorcyclists to Meridian today, go towards Operation First Response that serves all branches of America's Wounded Warriors and their families with personal financial needs.
Larry Spencer, media coordinator for the fundraiser that is in its eighth year, said the day will include meet and greets with the veterans, music, food and raffles. Two Harley Davidson motorcycles will be raffled off, with a third bike, a special edition trike, to be given away later in November. Music will be provided by Black Jack Billy and Anna Morgan Michel. The event is for the entire family, Spencer said.
"We will provide shuttle service from Bonita Lakes Mall parking areas to Chunky River," Spencer said. "We encourage everyone to come out and register for the motorcycles, meet these fine veterans and enjoy the music."
Spencer said the rumble of the motorcycles should start reaching a peak around noon today at Chunky River Harley Davidson. Soon after the motorcyclists have finished lunch, the fun will begin with the raffles and music. Spencer said the tickets for the raffles can be purchased at Chunky River Harley Davidson today at the event.
Spencer said over the course of the last seven years, the event has raised a little more than $570,000. Spencer credits the public support and that of the sponsors for the past success of the event.