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The Steuben Courier Advocate
  • Pride Ride, fireworks set for Saturday

  • The 19th annual Pride Ride will include a motorcycle ride, country singing contest, and fireworks show on Saturday. The event is a benefit for the Children's Miracle Network and the Salvation Army.
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  • The 19th annual Pride Ride will include a motorcycle ride, country singing contest, and fireworks show on Saturday.
    The event is a benefit for the Children’s Miracle Network and the Salvation Army.
    The day’s festivities begin with the Pride Ride, a 100-mile motorcycle cruise through the Twin Tiers.
    Hundreds of riders will depart from Corning Harley-Davidson in Gang Mills at 10 a.m., dip south into Pennsylvania, head north through the Elmira area to Watkins Glen, head west to Bath, then back down to Corning, returning to Corning Harley-Davidson around 3:30 p.m. for an after-party with food, beverages and live music.
    Then, from 6-7:30 p.m., the local finals of the Texaco Country Showdown will be held at the Center Court in the Arnot Mall. The winner advances to the statewide round of the national country talent contest, which has a $100,000 top prize.
    The day will be capped off by a fireworks show at the Elmira-Corning Regional Airport, expected to begin around 9:45 p.m. The fireworks show will be accompanied by music broadcast on three local radio stations, WINK 106, WINGZ 104.9 and The Wolf 100.9.
    The radio stations are all owned by Community Broadcasting, which sponsors the Pride Ride.
    The entry fee for the Pride Ride is $10. Information is posted at www.cbelmira.com.
    The event raises between $90,000 and $100,000 annually for the Children’s Miracle Network at Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, said Smitty O’Loughlin, regional manager for Community Broadcasting.
    In addition to the $10 entry fee and any additional donations to the Children’s Miracle Network, Pride Ride riders are also asked to strap a new, unwrapped children’s toy to their motorcycles. The toys will be collected and donated to the Salvation Army.

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