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A Full Day of Activities for Everyone!

Mark your calendars for the 12th Annual Minnesota Ride and Fundraiser!

July 8, 2017 at LYNX FBO – Anoka County Airport (North Entrance) gps

We’ve planned a full day of programs, activities, food and music for riders and non-riders alike … and everyone is welcome!

Ride starts at Noon!

The Ride launches at Noon, and the on-airport activities continue. Food, Drink, Vendor, and Raffle-Ticket sales continue awaiting the return of the thousands of riders.

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More than just a ride!

Honor – Dignity – Respect

You will find both Morning & Afternoon Programs that will bring home the message that We Will Never Forget.

Riding or not … you won’t want to miss either of these emotional tributes to those who serve, have served, paid the ultimate sacrifice and the families that support them.


Barry Winslow

Barry Winslow will deliver a powerful salute to Vietnam era veterans during the morning program.  Having personally served in Vietnam during 1970-1971, Winslow has an intimate knowledge and perspective of these veterans’ experiences.



Distinguished Military Grad – Ohio State University ROTC
Graduate Armor Officers School – Ft. Knox, KY
Graduate Electronic & Cryptologic Warfare School – Ft. Devens, MA
1st Lt./Intelligence Officer 509th Intel Group – Viet Nam 1970-71
Army Commendation Medal, Bronze Star, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry
Discharged Captain US Army



Vice-Chairman, TCF Financial Corporation (retired)
Board Member Minnesota Military Appreciation Fund
BoardMember Sit Mutual Funds
Board Member TCF Financial Corporation

EDUCATION: BA, MBA Ohio State University
Graduate Banking School Rutgers University

Brian Zepp

The best Master of Ceremonies an event can have!

KQRS Personality Brian Zepp has been our MC for a number of years (rain or shine). He himself is a veteran and a true supporter of the cause.  Brian brings a perspective and sense of humor that enhances both the morning and afternoon programs.

Zepp is more than just the MC

That’s right … he doesn’t just speak, he rides!

Dave Dahl


The Patriot Ride is pleased to announce that Dave Dahl, Chief Meteorologist of 5 Eyewitness News & 45TV has signed on to be the “Official Meteorologist” of the Patriot Ride. Dave has been a staple at 5 Eyewitness News for over 35 years! He’s an avid motorcycle rider and is excited to be a full participant in this year’s Patriot Ride.


Great Food – Refreshing Drinks

Hungry? Great Food – All Day!

Take your pick or try them all … you will find a wide variety of excellent food from some outstanding vendors.  It all starts with a Hot Breakfast offering from Maxx’s and continues throughout the day with choices that are sure to hit the spot from a great-group of great-food stands.

Caffeine & More in the AM … Adult Beverages Post-Ride!

A variety of options for both parts of the day.  It’s like getting your State Fair Food Fix 6-weeks early!

Donnie Smith

You can ride with Donnie at noon, and be judged by him later!


That’s right! You’ve seen his outstanding custom work and been to his show … now you can join Donnie for the ride and support the cause.

PLUS! … Show off your pride and joy in our Bike Show.  Judges include (whom else but) Donnie Smith.

To check out all the details  – VISIT OUR BIKE SHOW PAGE.



It’s Like a Mini-MOA!

This list is growing … you will find a wide variety of vendor booths to fulfill your shopping desires. With more space for this year’s event, we expect even more than in the past!


Don’t miss this! … the Ride Demonstration starts at 10:15am

What’s better than a Fully Dressed Police Bike? … How about a group of skillful (fully dressed) Police putting on a ride demonstration?

We are really looking forward to this great addition to the event.  Come early so you don’t miss the show!

K9 Unit Demonstration

Get treated to an impressive display of control, obedience and proficiency by the K9 unit.  The dogs and their handlers are highly trained and will show onlookers how they work so seamlessly together to help protect and serve their community.

Bike Raffle

Sit tight as we draw the winner of the Bike Raffle. The more tickets you purchase, the greater the chance to win!

Raffle tickets now only $10!

Need a ticket? Check out our RAFFLE page for details.

Black 2017 Harley Davidson Road Glide

There will be several vintage war planes on display.This is a great representation of the types of war planes you’ll see on display at the air field during this years Patriot Ride. This beauty is a P-51 Mustang.

P-51 Mustang

T-6 Thunder Flyover Team

Do you hear it? … Look up!  that’s the T-6 Thunder Flyover Team

There will be a flyover by the “T-6 Thunder Flyover Team” T-6 Thunder bring history, patriotism and roar to any airshow. A great way to see some our flying history in action.

T-6 Thunder Fly-Over

Bell of Honor

The Bell of Honor will be tolled as a sign of respect and honor for Fallen Hero’s who have given their all. Active Military, Veteran’s, Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters and EMS who have made the ultimate sacrifice so the rest can exist in peace and safety. The Bell of Honor will once again be tolled as part of the Patriot Ride Afternoon Program.

The primary mission is to show the utmost respect and honor to the individual and their family.

As it was in history, the bell will toll 7 times to honor our fallen heroes.

Helicopter Rides


This was so popular last year, that we’ve added a morning shift!

See the Patriot Ride and surrounding areas from the air. There will be helicopter rides presented by MN Helicopters.

Rides will be available from 9am to 11am and then again from 1pm-3pm

The helicopter seats 3 passengers. Flight times will be approximately 8 minutes. If there are 3 passengers the cost is $40/person. If there are 2 passengers the cost is $60/passenger. If there is only one passenger the cost is $120/person. In essence every time the helicopter goes up he is going to collect $120 and divide that up based on how many passengers he has on board.

Dr. Chuck Ells

He is the head of the 45TV Institute of Laughter. Dr Chuck Ells is walking riot of fun and is going to be roaming the grounds at the Patriot Ride. He will be interacting with the crowd and handing out prizes for those that can score the basket!

Kenny Olsen

Kenny Olsen is the ubiquitous traffic reporter and all around fun personality on 1500ESPN radio. He is a powersports nut and is going to be on hand at this year’s Patriot Ride. Be sure to stop by and say hi to him.

Rolling Tributes Joining the Patriot Ride


Rock On Truck Enterprises, Inc. will be bringing their specialized rigs that are moving tributes to both Veterans and Police Officers.  Each rig is designed with great detail and will be a great addition to the Patriot Ride this year.

Live Music – Emerson Ave Band

When the program ends, the good-times continue. Enjoy some great music by Emerson Ave Band, tasty food and drinks as the sun sets.

They performed last year and were awesome! Everyone wanted them to come back and they are.

Make sure you stay for the show and enjoy some great music by a very talented group.

Emerson Avenue Band