Hundreds of bikers turned out to the Bath Volunteer Fire Department with their cruisers Saturday morning for Chapter 42 of the Red Knights of New York’s sixth annual “Bucket Brigade” charity ride to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.

“Our president Jason Causer, his son was actually a wounded warrior, and they did a lot to help him,” chapter public information officer John Conrad said. “We see what they did firsthand to help our wounded warriors and our veterans, so we’re here to raise money today to help their project to help other veterans that also need their help along the way.”

Conrad said the chapter presented a $6,000 check to the Wounded Warrior Project last year generated as proceeds from the ride, and hopes to present a similar amount this year. He said the ride has generated more than $23,654 toward the Wounded Warrior Project to date.

The ride takes the bikers hundreds of miles around the region, beginning through Bath and Hammondsport and continuing into the hills of Pulteney, through Branchport, around the hills near Gorhum, and back down by Seneca Lake before coming back toward Keuka Lake and finishing the ride in Hammondsport.

“It’s a ball. It’s a nice scenic view. Just a great camaraderie amongst everybody,” Conrad said. “Doesn’t matter what you ride, no matter who you’re with; it’s a great day.”

The riders made their final stop at the Hammondsport Volunteer Fire Department at around 3 p.m., in time to enjoy the Smoke on the Water BBQ competition behind the fire hall.

Hundreds of people made their way around various tents at the competition, which included a full contest of 15 local BBQ competitors.

“We have people from Bath all the way to Georgia that come up for this competition,” BBQ Chairman Darren Ollis said. “This year it is already very impressive. There’s quite a few people here so far, and I’m really impressed.”

One of the competitors there was Tim Gilboy, pitmaster for Midnight BBQ.

Gilboy was offering chicken, brisket, pork, and one of his special concoctions: a bacon wrapped, mac and cheese stuffed meatloaf.

“I love it. I enjoy doing this,” he said. “I don’t care if I win or if I lose. I love doing it. I love doing BBQ.”

Bill Colmer of Avoca Smoka, who was serving up beef brisket, pork ribs, chicken, pulled pork, brisket beans, chicken wings and cornbread, was also enjoying himself.

“Very much so,” he said. “It’s always a great time to see people that you only see once a year. Beautiful day weather-wise. Couldn’t beat it.”

The Bucket Brigade ride and Smoke on the Water competition will return in 2018.