The 17th Annual Santa’s Toy Run is set for Saturday to collect toys for children who may have nothing else under their Christmas tree this year.
Motorcyclists from the Statesboro and surrounding areas will “come together to help Santa Claus fill his bag with toys for the children, who may not otherwise find much under the tree,” said Curtis Gay, event spokesman.
This year, the Bulloch County Sheriff’s Office is joining forces with Dirt Floor Cycles and the Harville House Barn to sponsor the event,” he said.
Those participating will meet at Ogeechee Technical College at 1 Joe Kennedy Boulevard, which is “halfway between Statesboro and I-16 on Hwy 301 S. for sign-in and staging,” Gay said. “We will begin sign-in at 10 a.m.”
The Christian Motorcyclist Association’s Redeemed Riders will be set up at the registration site serving hot coffee and donuts for the riders. The ride will begin at 11:15 a.m., “traversing through some of the most beautiful scenery that Bulloch County has to offer,” he said.
The route will ultimately lead to downtown Statesboro where the “ ‘Jolly Old Elf,’” in his motorcycle- drawn sleigh, will join us. This is where the fun truly begins.”
There, in downtown Statesboro, will be a parade of more than 100 motorcycles escorting Santa from the Bulloch County Courthouse, down South Main Street, then Fair Road to Burkhalter, “where we make a right and intersect Harville Road,” Gay said.
Just a few miles down that road is the Harville House Barn, where the rode will end.
Gay invites the public to gather to greet Santa as he passes.
“We would love to see the streets lined with people cheering and waving to Santa as we pass.”
After the rider deliver Santa safely to the “scores of excited children,” at the Harville House Barn, all participants will receive lunch and a chance to win door prizes, he said.
“Focused On You” Photography will be offering free photos with Santa.
The event is free, but “All we ask is that each rider and passenger bring a new $10 unwrapped toy or monetary gift that will be donated to Fostering Bulloch,” he said. Also, the Harville House Barn will have entertainment for the kids including hayride, face painting, Christmas crafts, and a reading of “The Christmas Story.”
All children will be given a free hot dog lunch. Parents are asked to you bring a blanket or sheet to spread on the ground on which to enjoy the picnic.