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MDA Fall Ride kicks off in Tomahawk

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Tomahawk is in for quite the ride and some noise this weekend. The 31st annual Fall Ride kicked off Wednesday afternoon. More than 40,000 bikers are heading to Tomahawk to help raise money and awareness for muscular dystrophy.

"We've come to Tomahawk for about the last 15 years or more, I can't even recall because it's been so many, we come back every year," said biker Bruce Rhode. 

"First year was 1997, and we've been here every year since," said biker Tim Alberts.

"Food, fun and riding," said biker Steve Barthel.

For these three men, the MDA Fall Ride event is a yearly tradition, and so is Bubba's campsite at Nokomis Park in Tomahawk.

"We've always been to Bubba's campground, even when he was downtown at the racetrack we were there and of course here," said Rhode. 

The campground is part of the early bird festivities for those who come to town a little early.

"Bubba's party is exactly what it is, it's a party and they close down the park, they have campers and they have music all weekend, it's an awesome time," said Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Tamra Anderson.

A fun time that comes with some noise.

"It's the comradery, the ride, and just getting out and seeing everybody, it's just a good time," said Alberts.

But when it all comes down to it, these men say it's all about helping a good cause. The ride raises money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

"Our club the Wolf River Chapter Harley Owners group are participants in the MDA ride," said Rhode.

Which is why you'll catch these men at Sara Park on Friday, continuing their ride on a long tradition to help fight muscular dystrophy.

The event runs through Sunday night.

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