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Motorcycle group has tri-state rally at park

September 21, 2007

WILLIAMSPORT - The Christian Motorcyclists Association is holding a Tri-State Rally through Sept. 23, at Yogi Bear's Jellystone Park, on Lappans Road near Williamsport. Approximately 150 to 175 people are expected to attend, and local residents can expect to see an increased number of motorcycles on local roads.

This year's rally is hosted by the Kingdom Heirs Chapter, based in Hagerstown. Organizers say that members from Maryland, New Jersey and Delaware will gather for four days of fellowship. During the rally, there will be praise and worship services, which will include live music.There will be seminars, bike games and opportunities for guided and self-guided motorcycle rides on local roads. Saturday, the local chapter road captain will lead a Civil War tour ride. Participants will visit Antietam National Battlefield and other historic sites in the area.

The CMA is not a motorcycle club, but an inter-denominational ministry organization. The organization was formed in 1975 when Herbie Shreve, an evangelist, saw the need for the Gospel message to be presented to motorcyclists at local events and rallies. Since its inception, the CMA has grown to a membership of more than 100,000.

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The Kingdom Heirs is inviting all local motorcyclists from the Tri-State area to join the rally, which was last held in Washington County in 2001. "There is no registration fee for our guests to attend," said Brenden Slifer, president of the Kingdom Heirs Chapter. "I can assure everyone that a warm welcome awaits you at the rally, regardless of the make or model of motorcycle that you ride."

The local chapter of the CMA, the Kingdom Heirs, meets the third Saturday of each month for a breakfast fellowship meeting. The meeting takes place at Richardson's Restaurant on Dual Highway in Hagerstown. It begins at 9 a.m. and all local motorcyclists are invited to attend. Weather permitting, a group ride will follow the meeting. For more information about the Christian Motorcyclists Association, visit www.cmausa.org.

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