MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Get ready to rev up your engines!
Mid-South Bike Fest starts Wednesday at 7 p.m. and will continue through July 24 at the Mid-South Fairgrounds and Tiger Lane.
The event will have live music from local artists like Skyler Anderson and Little J. Blackfoot as well as barbeque and events such as motorcycle and car shows, exhibitors and presenters, a kid zone, camping, and the "Beale to Bowl" parade.
Tickets are on sale for $20 and they can be bought online here.
Proceeds from the event go to mentoring, scholarships, and Safe House programs sponsored by Bikers & Social Clubs 4 Change (BSC4C), an affiliation of more than 130 motorcycle and social clubs in Memphis.
Bikers & Social Clubs 4 Change was started by two bikers who wanted to support and work with at risk youth in Memphis, and they created the Safe House project to achieve this goal.
The Safe House Project consists of three phases.
Phase one involves creating mentoring and scholarship programs for at risk youth in Memphis and teaching them everyday tasks like teaching a kid to tie a tie, balance a checkbook, and use a computer.
Phase two involves building "safe houses," which act as 24/7 life resource centers for young people to go to. BSC4C has recently received approval from the city to build a 3,000-square-foot starter Safe House in South Memphis.
For BSC4C, the goal of these "safe houses" are to "recognize that they are not alone in their struggle to lift up; understand that black on black crime is not acceptable in any sense; analyze the culture of crime and see it's not a culture at all but rather a bad decision; To appreciate that blacks and whites must look out for each other at all levels of life; To accept that a higher calling is in play as one pursues their goals of life success; And that to fail is simply not an option."
Phase three involves the hope that someday, BSC4C will develop a second-chance training and production facility for ex-cons in Memphis.
For more information about the Mid-South Bike Fest, go to http://www.memphisbikefest.com/index.php.