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Neighbors Growing Together | Apr 23, 2014

ABATE holding spring party Saturday

Apr 01, 2013

OTTUMWA — District 14 of ABATE of Iowa will hold its 28th Annual “Thank God It’s Spring Party” Saturday at The Bridge View Center in Ottumwa.

ABATE 14’s spring party has been held in Ottumwa for 23 of the last 27 years, with 17 of those being at the old Ottumwa Coliseum. It is traditionally held on the first weekend of spring to welcome the arrival of motorcycle-riding season. Spring arrived March 20, but with Easter March 31, the party was moved to April 6 this year.

ABATE of Iowa District 14 is a motorcycle-rights organization made up of 720 politically active bikers in eight southeast Iowa counties; Davis, Henry, Jefferson, Keokuk, Mahaska, Van Buren, Washington and Wapello. It is involved in charity and educational activities and is a not-for-profit organization, open to all motorcyclists. Statewide, more than 6,660 ABATE members are promoting reasonable motorcycle legislation and safety.

This year’s bands are both District 14 favorites from the southeast Iowa and northern Missouri area: Fatal Addiction and RikeR.

Admission is $15 at the door. No advanced tickets are sold. Attendees must be 21 and have photo identification.

The doors open at 5 p.m., with RikeR taking the stage 5:30-8:30 p.m., and Fatal Addiction following from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Food and drink, including a full bar, will be available through Bridge View Center.

Door prizes and contests are planned throughout the evening. Merchandise vendors, including tattoo artists and leather sewing, will be present.

Free overnight camper and motor home parking is available in the Bridge View Center’s parking lot.

All ABATE events are open to the public, and everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information, contact John “Teacher” Uchtman, events coordinator of District 14 ABATE of Iowa, at 641-673-4982 or teacher@mahaska.org.

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