By SARAH BRADBURY
Locally rooted Facebook group Bikers’ Hog Stop held its first annual meet and greet this past weekend at the Dublin Moose Lodge.
The event continued through the weekend at Claytor Lake at the home of the page’s creator, Tina Grimshaw. She started the page about 14 months ago.
“This is a place for bikers from all over the world to come together and we are technically like a family. We know each others’ kids and grandkids,” said Grimshaw.
She met some of the group’s members on other biker sites on Facebook and they have been friends for about three years. This is the first time they had ever met face to face. “We’ve laughed together, we’ve cried together, prayed together and now we’ve ridden together,” said Grimshaw. “Leave the colors at the door,” she said in regards to the various motorcycle clubs, riding clubs, and other bikers on the site. “This is everyone’s house and we are equal here. I don’t want to hear anything negative.”
Jason Rummel is the administrator of the page and made the trip from Goshen, Ind. Other members came from as far as North Alabama, Maine, Mississippi, and North Carolina. Local members came from Henrico County, Richmond, Floyd, Christiansburg, Troutville, Botetourt, Dublin, Pulaski, and Blacksburg. Southwest Virginia Warlords, NRV chapter, were also in attendence.
Nearly 50 people attended the event over the course of the weekend. “Some flew into Roanoke, some rode their bikes, some hauled their bikes and some drove cages (cars),” Grimshaw said of everyone’s travels. They enjoyed sharing laughs over food and the scenery of the lake.
Bikers’ Hog Stop has over 400 members, including some from other places around the world like Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Poland, Austria, Germany, Ireland, Japan, France, India, Denmark, and Taiwan. However, Grimshaw says she’s “not about numbers,” but rather the quality of friendship and shared interests among her “family” members.
Grimshaw says she hopes the meet and greet tradition will continue, hopefully to be hosted somewhere else each year. She would like to thank those who traveled from near and far to participate in this event. She wishes to thank Donald “Kornbread” Adams, Sgt. of Arms of the Dublin Moose Lodge for renting the venue, and Grimshaw’s sister, Robin Mitchell, who prepared food and made cakes for the event.