Members of the local chapter of the Brothers Keepers Motorcycle Club have been planning their biggest fundraiser since April, and the event will bring two days of live music, carnival rides, biker games and other activities to Prestonsburg.
The BKMC 28 Chapter, made up of active and retired firefighters from Floyd, Pike, Johnson and surrounding counties, is hosting its 2018 Burn Run at Archer Park in Prestonsburg July 27-28. Activities will be open from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday.
Admission is free and entrance to all live music performances are also free. Organizers are planning to host up to 100 vendors that will be selling items, and the club will also sell hotdogs, hamburgers and other concessions, as well as pulled pork from two pigs that will be roasted on site. Proceeds will be raised from an auction and several activities that are planned.
Club President Brian Moore of Johnson County said all the money the club raises at this event will go to Camp Ytiliba, a burn camp that Shriners Hospitals for Children in Cincinnati provides for children who have been burned. The camp, held every June, gives children who have burn injuries a chance to experience summer camp. They gain self-esteem and learn skills that help them recover from scars left behind by their injuries.
Last year, the club donated $11,000 to this camp, Moore said, and members hope to provide a larger donation during the second Burn Run this year.
The 2018 Burn Run will begin at Archer Park at 4 p.m. on Friday with carnival rides provided by Bluegrass Rides & Inflatables, a mechanical bull, a dunking booth, vendors and live music from the Mountain Arts Center’s Front Porch Pickin’ event, which is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.
Biker games will also begin at 6 p.m. and an auction will also be held at 8 p.m., featuring numerous items that will be offered to raise money for Camp Ytiliba.
Saturday’s activities at Archer Park include the carnival and vendors, as well as a dice ride for bikers which begins at 2 p.m., a blood drive hosted by the Kentucky Blood Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., a car, truck and jeep show which begins with registration at noon, a cornhole tournament that begins with registration at noon, and live music throughout the evening. The musical lineup includes Highway 15 at 4:30 p.m., Wicked Peace at 6 p.m. and the Jaime Suttles Band at 7 p.m.
BCW Wrestling will host wrestling matches, beginning at 8 p.m.
On Saturday, the Inaugural BKMC Camp Ytiliba 5K Run/Walk will also be held in downtown Prestonsburg. That race will begin at 8 a.m. at the city stage.
Moore said club members decided to expand its Burn Run this year to entice more local community members to turn out so the club can raise more funds for Camp Ytiliba
“In our area, there’s not a lot of motorcycles and everybody around here does a lot of motorcycle rides to raise money. So, we decided to do this to kind of go for the general public to raise money for our cause,” Moore said.
It costs about $1,100 to send one child to burn camp, BKMC members said.
“They can hang out with people that’s survived burns themselves and not be criticized, not be judged. They can just go be kids,” Moore said. “And every year, we get one day a week where we go to the camp and we hang out with the kids. We play games and shoot BB guns with them and stuff.”
He’s been to the camp twice.
“It’s a little different, seeing the other end of it,” he said. “We’re firefighters. We’re always going to help people. Usually, when you get your job done, you don’t see them anymore. Then, at this, you get to see what they’re going through after the incident’s over. Some of those kids, it’s pretty amazing to see what they can do with their limited abilities.”
Most BKMC members are volunteer firefighters who hold down full time jobs in addition to their service as a firefighter. When asked why they spend their time on projects like this, member John M. Hunt said, “Why not?”
The three-page vendor list include vendors who will be selling everything from items for children, like Build-a-Bear and Kids Korner, to vendors who are catering to adults by offering handmade jewelry, wood crafts, cigars, sewing, stained glass, specialty gifts and, of course, biker jewelry and apparel. Local chainsaw artist Mark Vance, who created several chainsaw art pieces at Archer Park, is also scheduled to have a booth at this event.
For more information, visit the Brothers Keepers Motorcycle Club on Facebook or online at, bkmc2018burnrun.wixsite.com/ytiliba.