HCIJ annual Ride for the Kids planned for July 16

Teddy Paynter

PIKEVILLE — Hillbilly Christmas in July (HCIJ) is gearing up for the annual Randy Jones Memorial Ride for the Kids on Sunday, July 16.


HCIJ, celebrating 12 years, has a number of weekend activities planned, including its annual blood drive at Harley Davidson in Pikeville beginning at 10 a.m., on Saturday, July 15. Following the blood drive, riders will set out for the Big Sandy Regional Airport for Airport Days in Inez.


Planned activities for children will take place in the Pikeville City Park from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Inflatables, carnival games and other activities will be offered for Kids Day in the Park, open to all Shriners patients and their families, all children are welcome.


A parade of bikes will leave Pikeville Harley Davidson at 7 p.m., and circle around the city park for Kids Day.


Pikeville HCIJ Bike Night will begin at 7 p.m. in downtown Pikeville with music provided by the band, “Mid-life Crisis.” Food and beverages will be available.


Events continue on Sunday with the ride to El Hasa Shrine Temple in Ashland, leaving the Harley Davidson lot at 10 a.m. Hundreds of bikers are expected to take part in the ride.


Named after HCIJ co-founder Randy Jones, the event celebrates the work that the organization has done year-round to raise funds and provide toys to Shriners Hospital for Children.


Registration is $20 per bike.


In the past 11 years, HCIJ has donated nearly $500,000 and more than 50,000 toys to Shriners Hospital for Children.


The hospital gives those toys to children seeking specialized care, free of charge.


People who want to donate a new toy for the cause can do so at the Harley-Davidson of Pikeville or at local Double Kwik stations. 


Shriners Hospital/HCIJ’s second annual car cruise-in and car show will begin at 11 a.m. Entertainment, food and silent auction will also take place.


The drawing for the 2017 Harley Davidson motorcycle will take place at 4 p.m. All proceeds from ticket sales benefit Shriners Hospital for Children in Lexington.


Raffle tickets are available for purchase from any HCIJ volunteer or at Harley-Davidson of Pikeville. 


For more information call 606-226-0726 or 606-205-5134, or visit us online @ HillbillyChristmasinJuly.org