The 7th Annual Fort Scott Wreath Ride will take place this Saturday, 24 August in Fort Scott, KS to once again benefit national nonprofit Wreaths Across America and its mission to Remember, Honor, and Teach.
The following is provided by Kevin Wagner, event coordinator.
Friday afternoon CFI Escort from Joplin to Fort Scott
- Fort Scott to Joplin Meet @ 5 Corners @ 1330 (1:30pm)
o 1122 S Clark St, Fort Scott, KS
o *5 Corners has non-alcohol premium
- KSU to Joplin CFI Leave @ 1345 (1:45pm)
- Meet at CFI in Joplin @ 1530 (3:30pm) *Be gassed up and ready to go
o 470 East 32nd Street Joplin, MO (Park around the back of the building, North side)
- KSU from CFI to Fort Scott Leave @ 1600 (4:00pm)
o Should arrive in Fort Scott between 1745-1800hrs (5:45-6:00pm)
“We will escort them to their parking area and have a small reception at the Boiler Room Brewhaus (10 S National Ave, Fort Scott, KS) afterwards. We will have a deli plate from Marsha’s Great Plains Deli available for free will offering<” Wagner said.
*Remember the Brewhaus is giving the Wreath Ride profits from the Life Coach Lager during the month of August at BRB.
This is the first time all EIGHT military wrapped CFI trucks will be in one place, we feel very honored for that.
7TH ANNUAL WREATH RIDE & CONVOY
*WE WILL NOT BE AT BUCK RUN COMMUNITY CENTER THIS YEAR.
REGISTRATION AT 3RD & Main Street Fort Scott, KS
Registration will take place from 0900-1030hrs. (9:00-10:30am)
Kickstands up @ 1100hrs (11:00am)
“ We’ll have a people’s choice bike competition this year also. Best looking bike wins,” Wagner said.
Supported by nearly 100 local business and sponsors, the Fort Scott Wreath Ride will host hundreds of veterans and bikers, in addition to a local police escort and the Contract Freighters, Inc. fleet of military-wrapped trailers from Joplin, MO.
The Fort Scott Wreath Ride began in July of 2013 as an effort to sponsor wreaths for the Wreaths Across America wreath-laying ceremony at Fort Scott National Cemetery located on the eastern outskirts of Fort Scott, KS.
In 2018, the Fort Scott Wreath Ride and other fundraising efforts helped provide the funds necessary to sponsor full wreath coverage of the cemetery, a goal Kevin Wagner, volunteer Location Coordinator for Wreaths Across America, Fort Scott National Cemetery, hopes to repeat in 2019.
This year’s ride will be held Saturday, 24 August from 9am to 3pm CDT. The ride will begin at 3rd and Main Street in Fort Scott. Bike registration will take place at that location from 9am to 10:30am.
Among the nearly 100 sponsors, organizer’s note the exceptional participation and support of Fort Scott Gun and Pawn which has donated two pistols to be raffled off, CFI Skyco Distribution, Union State Bank, Arma American Legion Post #182 Auxilary and Arma Son’s of the American Legion Squadron #182, Hideout Harley, Nitro Promo, and Boiler Room Brewhouse which will donate proceeds from their Beer of the Month throughout the month of August to Wreaths Across America at Fort Scott National Cemetery.
“It’s hard to single out a few sponsors,” said Kevin Wagner. “Each helps us in their own way.”
Veterans, active-duty military, their families, bikers, and the local community are invited to attend and participate in the 7th Annual Fort Scott Wreath Ride. Press photos are available upon request.
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About Wreaths Across America
Wreaths Across America is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded to continue and expand the annual wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, begun by Maine businessman Morrill Worcester in 1992. The organization’s mission – Remember, Honor, Teach – is carried out in part each year by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies in December at Arlington, as well as at more than 1,400 veterans’ cemeteries and other locations in all 50 states and overseas. For more information, please visit www.wreathsacrossamerica.org.