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Bikers Against Diabetes will host two events

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The Bikers Against Diabetes (BAD) will host a pair of events once again this year: the "Get 'Em Out and Show 'Em Off" barbecue on May 12 at the Estevan Wal-Mart parking lot, and their annual motorcycle rodeo June 2 outside of Bienfait.

The barbecue on the 12th will start at 10:30 a.m. This is the second edition of the barbecue, and BAD spokesperson Keith Irvine said it helps promote their cause, and build awareness of the June rodeo.

"It gives new people to Estevan a chance to meet other riders," said Irvine.

People from out-of-town who have been part of the BAD Rodeo in previous years enjoy the barbecue because it gives them a chance to reconnect with their friends.

The rodeo will be held on June 2 at an area that Irvine has christened as "Stanley Park." The area is named after Stan and Marcia Hirsch, who are allowing the BAD Rodeo to take place on their land. It's adjacent to Highway 605, six kilometres north of the junction between the 605 and Highway 18.

The event will be open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Motorcycle games and other activities will start at 1 p.m. There will also be a motorcycle show-and-shine, with six different categories for the public to vote on.

Proceeds will be used to send local youth and families to Camp Easter Seal. Last year they sent two girls and a family to the camp, which is near Watrous.

"It focuses on diabetes, and living with it," said Irvine. "All the kids there are doing the same thing: taking blood tests, taking insulin and watching their diets. As a kid, your classmates aren't always doing that. Being at camp, it's some kind of normal."

They already have a family lined up to attend the family camp this year, which is now at Arlington Beach, on the edge of Regina Beach. They don't know how many individuals they'll be able to send to Camp Easter Seal in 2012.


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