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May 7, 2013

Governor to lead Flint Hills Freedom Ride in June

Gov. Sam Brownback plans to head off on another Flint Hills Freedom Ride in June, using the allure of motorcycles to help raise money for military organizations, tourism groups and inmate rehabilitation programs.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story contained an incorrect date.

Gov. Sam Brownback plans to head off on another Flint Hills Freedom Ride in June, using the allure of motorcycles to help raise money for military organizations, tourism groups and inmate rehabilitation programs.

The 100-mile ride starts June 1 at the Capitol in Topeka. Riders can register online or starting at 8 a.m. on the south lawn of the Statehouse. After a group photo and a "Blessing of the Bikers and Riders" at 9:45 a.m., the group will ride to Council Grove, where there will be a motorcycle show near the high school.

Brownback will honor veterans at 2 p.m., and bike show judges will announce winners at 4 p.m.

Organizers are inviting vendors to set up at the high school. The state says it will be an alcohol-free event.

Proceeds from the $25-per-person event go to the Wounded Warrior Fund; Brothers in Blue Re-entry program for inmates; Army Community Service at Fort Riley; Native Stone Scenic Byway, which showcases limestone in the Flint Hills; and the Flint Hills National Scenic Byway.

Learn more about the ride at https://fhfreedomride.ksoutdoors.com/.

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