This Saturday’s annual Warren County Toy Ride may have a never-before-seen twist.
If $1,000 is raised the day of the event, organizer Rob Wolford will ride a motorcycle around town wearing a dress.
“I guess I shouldn’t have opened my mouth, but I said I’d wear a dress if they raised $1,000 that day,” said Wolford. “Based on the number of people who have called me, it looks like they’re going to raise the money and they’re going to hold me to it.”
The Toy Ride generally raises $15,000 to $20,000 each year, but most of that money is gathered before the ride itself. In an effort to increase donations the day of the event, Wolford provided the incentive he would wear a dress.
“It’s going to have to be some dress if it’s going to fit a big, fat guy,” said Wolford.
Riders will gather this Saturday morning at Plaza Shopping Center before departing at noon. They will travel toward downtown McMinnville via Chancery Street before turning onto Main Street, then Sparta Street, and ending their ride at the VFW.
Anyone wishing to donate a new, unwrapped toy can do so by dropping it by Plaza Shopping Center before riders leave at noon.
“We’d rather have a new toy than money,” said Wolford. “If they give us money, we’re just going to go buy a toy with it so it eliminates a step for us if they buy the toy already.”
All toys and money are donated to the Rescue Squad for its annual Toy Drive. Anyone is welcome to participate in the Toy Ride, regardless of whether they have a motorcycle.
“Cars, motorcycles, horses, we welcome anything,” said Wolford. “As long as people show up with the attitude they want our kids to have a good Christmas, that’s all we ask.”