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Hogs for Hospice returns with The Cult, biker rodeo, more


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There’s no party quite like a biker party — even if it’s for a good cause — and that’s surely going to be proven by the return of Hogs for Hospice to Leamington this weekend.

The three-day schedule for this year’s motorcycle extravaganza includes a concert by legendary hard rock band The Cult, a concert by country music singer Brett Young, multiple motocross shows, biker rodeo games, a beer garden, and plenty more.

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Hogs for Hospice attendees Joe Pimentel and Cindy Noble mount up at Leamington's Seacliff Park in this August 2019 file photo.
Hogs for Hospice attendees Joe Pimentel and Cindy Noble mount up at Leamington’s Seacliff Park in this August 2019 file photo. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star

Meant to raise funds for palliative-care organization Hospice of Windsor and Essex County, Hogs for Hospice was started by citizens as an organized motorcycle ride.

The four-hour “Tour the Tip” ride into Point Pelee National Park is still the highlight of the event, attracting well over a thousand motorcycle enthusiasts.

But the wild popularity of the event also transforms Leamington’s Seacliff Park (24 Seacliff Dr. West) into a biker festival ground.

This year’s festivities officially begin on Friday evening. The event’s headquarters tent, vendor area, food trucks, and beer garden will be open at 5 p.m.

Singer Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy of hard rock band The Cult performing in Ottawa in 2016.
Singer Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy of hard rock band The Cult performing in Ottawa in 2016. Photo by Errol McGihon /Postmedia News

Gates to the concert area (Seacliff Park Amphitheatre) open at 6:30 p.m.

Friday night’s headliner: Platinum-selling hard rockers The Cult, who achieved fame in the late 1980s and early 1990s with such hits as She Sells Sanctuary, Love Removal Machine, Wildflower, and Wild Hearted Son.

The big ride happens Saturday morning. Registration opens 8 a.m., pre-ride ceremonies take place 10 a.m., and the tires start turning 10:30 a.m.

Meanwhile, freestyle motorcross shows will be held at Seacliff Park starting 12:30 p.m.

Gates to the concert area open at 6:30 p.m. with Saturday night’s headliner being American country music singer Brett Young.

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Fun and frolic with motorbikes at the Hogs for Hospice event in Leamington in August 2019.
Fun and frolic with motorbikes at the Hogs for Hospice event in Leamington in August 2019. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star

There’ll be a church service at the park on Sunday morning at 10 a.m.

But the real fun on Sunday will be the biker rodeo — featuring sporting contests on motorbikes like the weenie bite competition.

The junior version of the biker rodeo starts 11:30 a.m. and the adult version starts 1 p.m. Brought to the public by the Bad Examples riders’ club.

Organizers say Hogs for Hospice generated more than $1.25M for Hospice of Windsor and Essex County in the first five years of the event.

For more information, the full schedule, and directions, visit hogsforhospice.com.

Motorcycles gather by the hundreds at Leamington’s Seacliff Park for a Hogs for Hospice event in 2019.
Motorcycles gather by the hundreds at Leamington’s Seacliff Park for a Hogs for Hospice event in 2019. Photo by Dan Janisse /Windsor Star



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