Saturday is forecast to be a lovely day in Hardin County for a final motorcycle ride this season – mostly sunny, little wind and a high of 62 degrees.
On Oct. 27, the Sons of Confederate Veterans Mechanized Cavalry, 1st Battalion, Company B, 3rd Platoon, 5th Squad – which encompasses Hardin and McNairy counties – is carrying on the annual tradition of “Chey’s Ride.”
Chey’s Ride is a memorial ride honoring the memory of Cheyenne Autumn Henderson, a young McNairy County girl who died in a fire at the home of a family friend. Chey was very active and popular in local sports, and all proceeds from Chey’s Ride went – in previous years – to benefit local sports organizations.
This year, instead of being organized by Chey’s parents Jim and Chandra Henderson, the ride is managed by the Sons group, of which Jim is an active member.
In another change, this year’s ride benefits Sheltering Tree Ranch, a local non-profit organization dedicated to educating and supporting children with special needs, with a focus on autism, organizers say.
The ride route ends at Sheltering Tree, across from the Savannah-Hardin County Airport. The ranch is holding its annual “Fun Day” the same day, featuring a car show, silent auctions, live music and other attractions.
“One hundred percent of the money raised from the ride is going to Sheltering Tree – in fact, they’re actually going to take up all the money themselves,” said Billy Harrison, SCVMC 5th Squad Leader.
“We thought this would be a great way to continue honoring the memory of Chey, and help kids at the same time. Those babies at Sheltering Tree need all the help they can get,” he said.
Chey’s Ride starts at Adamsville City Park, with “kick stands up” at 10 a.m. Arrive early to register. There’s a nominal fee per motorcycle and cars and trucks are welcome to to join the ride too.