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A line of motorcycles fills county Route 380 near Stockton in 2019.

STOCKTON — An annual motorcycle run and campout to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association is returning Labor Day weekend, after getting canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19.

The 16th edition of the event will be Sept. 3-4 at the Chautauqua County Firemen’s Fraternity Campgrounds in Stockton. The sponsors are the Moniuszko Social Club from Dunkirk and Legion Riders of Western New York is assisting in planning the event.

Friday, Sept. 3 will feature live music by The Freeze, a local classic rock and blues band, from 6 to 10 p.m. Chris’s Bar-ber-Q will serve barbecue and Kevin’s Kitchen will also offer food. The silent auction, 50/50 raffles and big board raffle will start selling tickets, with winners to be announced Saturday evening.

The main event, the Motorcycle Run by the Legion Riders, leaves the park at noon Saturday, Sept. 4. Registration runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Registration is $20 per person and the cost includes a chicken barbecue meal.

The barbecue will be served starting 5 p.m. until gone. For those not registered for the bike run, that costs $10, or $20 with refreshments. The barbecue will be prepared by Dan Skubis and his crew.

The New Direction Band will provide Saturday evening’s musical entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. Hailing from Crawford County, Pennsylvania, the outfit specializes in modern country, classic rock and oldies.

All proceeds raised will go to the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The event has raised $91,225 for the MDA over the last 15 years.

Monetary donations can be mailed to MDA Fundraiser c/o Tina Wallace, 6445 W. Main Road, Portland, NY, 14769. For more information about the event, phone Tina Wallace at 410-0845 or Edziu Wallace at 410-0627. For information on camping, call the Chautauqua County Firemen’s Fraternity Campgrounds at 595-3776 (mention this event).

The event will be in honor of Erik and Brian Robbins and in memory of the following people:

— Albert Elliott, stepfather of Erik and Brian Robbins, who passed away Oct. 29, 2015;

— Jane Jusko Eagan, the Robbins’ grandmother, who passed away March 30, 2005;

— Joan Burns, who passed away Jan. 22, 2008 at 36 years old due to muscular dystrophy and spearheaded the effort to make all public buildings in Dunkirk handicapped-accessible; and

— Several supporters of MDA and the motorcycle run benefit who have passed on: Joe Lascola, Jr. (May 3, 2011), Chuck Pacos (March 23, 2016), Billy Hall (Jan. 1, 2017), James J. Sell (Jan. 18, 2017), Frank Jusko, Sr. (May 5, 2017), Donald S. Hall (Sept. 2, 2017), Peter Marsh (May 11, 2020), Terry Frazier, Sr. (Aug. 24, 2020) and John Pazderski (June 27, 2020).

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