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Start your engines for the fifth annual Osceola Law Ride

Posted on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at 5:33 pm

By Peter Covino
A&E Editor
If you hear the loud roar of motorcycles riding through Osceola County Saturday morning, it’s a very good thing.
Chances are, it’s the Blue Knights and their supporters as part of the fifth annual Osceola Law Ride.
More than 600 motorcycle enthusiasts are expected to take part in the 2017 Osceola Law Ride, a charity event that benefits families of Osceola law enforcement offers, fallen in the line of duty. The fund is administered by representatives from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, Kissimmee Police Department, St. Cloud Police Department and the Blue Knights local board of directors. It is accessible to any family of a law enforcement lost whilst serving Osceola County.
The yearly calendar of events begins with the Osceola Law Ride.
To create the fund, the group organizes the non-stop police escorted ride and charges a nominal participation fee.  The ride is open to all motorcyclists. The 70-mile ride takes place in west Osceola County and parts of adjoining Polk and Lake counties. It is conducted on public streets and highways with safety and professionalism seldom experienced by the general motorcycling population, according to a press release from the organization.
The Blue Knights is a fraternal International Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club comprised exclusively of members who either serve or have served in a law enforcement capacity, and who demonstrate an interest in the recreational pursuit of motorcycling.
Currently, worldwide there are about 20,000 members. The U.S. has over 600 individual chapters and they account for approximately 75 percent of that membership.
Florida Chapter XXIX is one of 33 currently chartered in Florida, and is one of the most active in the Southern Region Conference.
The fee is $20 per rider with an additional $10 per passenger. This includes a free collectible enamel event pin, donuts and coffee at the start, barbecue lunch at the finish, live on stage entertainment from the ‘Big Dawg & Paul Show’, raffle ticket valid for multiple drawings and a goody bag of ‘stuff’ from attending vendors.
The ride is hosted by Orlando Harley-Davidson South, 7786 U.S. Highway 192. The store is the start and finish of the ride. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.  with the ride departing at 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be served at noon.