PORT CLINTON - Hogs By The Lake 2007 will be held Sept. 8 in Port Clinton.
This is a celebration of the love of Harley-Davidson Motorcycles and good food, drink and entertainment. Most of all, it celebrates America's freedom, with an annual Freedom Ride. Held at Jefferson Street Pier at Water Works Park in Port Clinton, Hogs By The Lake will be 12 hours of activities.
Registration for this year's Poker Run will begin at 10 a.m. in the main tent. The Poker Run will travel to Traveler's Bar & Grill, Mon Ami, Gem Beach Club, Camp Runinmuck, The Lagoon Saloon, Nick's Roadhouse, and the Hogs Tent. Participants must finish back at the main tent by 5 p.m.
Staging for the Freedom Ride will start at 10 a.m. at Roeder Harley-Davidson on U.S. 250 in Sandusky and also at noon at the Port Clinton High School. The ride from Sandusky to Port Clinton High School will depart at noon. The parade will depart at 1 p.m. from Port Clinton High School and wind through the downtown streets of Port Clinton ending at the event tent.
Opening ceremonies will be at 1:30 p.m. and will be performed by VFW Post 2480 Honor Guard. At 1:45, welcoming remarks will be given by Thomas Whitten, Commander VFW Post 2480; Lt. Rob Cooper, operations officer of USCG PSU 309, of Camp Perry; Jay Salvage, CEO, Make a Wish of Northwest Ohio; and Mrs. Maupin, mother of U.S. Army Reserve POW/MIA Staff Sgt. Matt Maupin.
During the day in the event tent meet Maupin's family and learn about their efforts to support our troops and the return of their son through the Yellow Ribbon Support Center. Also expected to attend is the Make A Wish recipient, Brandon. Some of the members of the USCG-R PSU 309 and their families will also be on hand.
At 2 p.m. Boy Scout Troop 331, sponsored by the Marblehead Peninsula Chamber, will hold a Flag Retirement Ceremony in which the audience may choose to participate.
The Make A Wish bike show will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. The entry fee is $5. The winner will be announced at 4.
Check out the Chained Eagles of Ohio's Veterans Memorial Display. A ceremony will be held on the Pier at 3:15 p.m. A not-for-profit group, the Chained Eagles' main concern is the POW-MIAs still listed as missing yet presumed to be alive. Their mission is to account for all men listed as missing and get them home to their families, and to educate young people for the future. The group works all year long raising donations and funds to support organizations that also demand the return of all listed POWs and MIAs.