WOODLAWN — The Southern Illinois Biker Sunday event in Woodlawn has the unique goal of bringing together bikers and Christians for a day of fellowship and celebration.
And for its organizer, motorcyclist Greg Wilson, the annual gathering has become a true passion.
The free event does not generate income for Wilson, but he hopes it inspires different groups to come together.
“It's a chance for us all to get together and be thankful for another good season of riding,” Wilson said. “It's open to everyone, whether you're a motorcycle rider or not. … I've enjoyed doing it.”
The Fifth Annual Southern Illinois Biker Sunday will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Chapman Sports Complex in Woodlawn.
Featured at the event will be live music, food and refreshments, as well as other activities throughout the day.
Food will include “roadkill stew,” chili, cornbread, and homemade cookies. Alcoholic beverages will not be permitted, but coffee and tea will be available.
“We like to keep it very family-oriented,” Wilson said.
The band, Triple Shot, is scheduled to perform Sunday. They play a mix of blues, classic country, and light rock music, Wilson said.
Organizers may also book a bluegrass band for the show, but this band had not yet committed to perform as of Tuesday.
Most years, Biker Sunday draws about 300 people, Wilson said. Last year's attendance, though, was only about 150 due to unseasonably cold weather.
Greg Wilson and his wife, Sue, are the primary organizers of the event. However, they also receive help from their church, Mt. Catherine Christian Church in Woodlawn, and other area churches.
Paul Muncy, who works for Front Row Center Music Store in Benton, runs the sound for the event.
Greg said he and his wife have logged over 80,000 miles on their motorcycles in the last five years. The couple takes frequent trips across the country and views motorcycling as a way of life.