Bikes blessed, now ready to ride

Nathan Cox was able to share his love of motorcycles with his family Saturday during the Blessing of the Bikes held at the American Legion in Marshalltown.

The local man brought his wife Lisa and their two daughters, Kaylie, 9, and Rayna, 4, to the event which featured hundreds of motorcycles, vendors, tattoo artists, entertainment and other events.

“I thought it would be good for them to check out the bikes,” Nathan Cox said. “There’s a lot more bikes than I thought would be here.”

The event is hosted by F&J Racing and raises money for two charities – Iowa Care Package, which provides care packages for deployed troops, and Domestic Violence Alternatives.

The blessing this year was again done by Doug Cupples of Cornerstone Church in Newton this year.

“It’s for safety throughout the riding season,” Cox said.

Organizers expected to raise thousands of dollars at the event, which was fine with rider Shirley Rector of Marshalltown, who spent plenty of time looking at all the bikes.

“It’s a good fundraiser and goes to a good cause,” Rector said.

The interaction between all those bikers clad in leather is also a highlight for her.

“I have a lot of friends who are bikers,” Rector said. “It’s just good camaraderie.”