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6th annual Jimmy Bedford ride set for Oct. 10; Kacey Smith to perform

Posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Live music by rising country music artist, singer and songwriter Kacey Smith will be featured during the 6th annual Jimmy Bedford Ride on Saturday, Oct. 10. (Photo Courtesy KaceySmith.com)

Live music by rising country music artist, singer and songwriter Kacey Smith will be featured during the 6th annual Jimmy Bedford Ride on Saturday, Oct. 10. (Photo Courtesy KaceySmith.com)

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — It’s once again time for the annual Jimmy’s Ride.

Set this year for Oct. 10, the annual motorcycle trek takes bikers from Lynchburg to Sewanee in honor of former Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Jimmy Bedford.

Event coordinators want to make sure everyone knows that the 6th annual Jimmy Bedford Ride isn’t just for motorcycles, however.

If you’re not an avid motorcycle rider, don’t worry, the ride is open to more than just two-wheeled machines. Anyone is welcome — bikes, cars and trucks — to join in the scenic ride through the southern Middle Tennessee countryside on a beautiful ride touring “some of Jimmy’s favorite spots.”

This year’s event, which begins at 10 a.m. in Wiseman Park, just off the Lynchburg square, will also feature live music from singer/songwriter Kacey Smith.

The ride was established by the family and friends of Bedford to “honor the great life he lived and to sustain his efforts in making the community he loved a better place.” Proceeds are always put back into the Lynchburg community and will also benefit the Jimmy Bedford Scholarship Fund at Tennessee Tech University.

Bedford, who loved to ride motorcycles, was the sixth Master Distiller at Jack Daniel’s Distillery. Like previous Jimmy’s Rides, the route will leave Lynchburg and travel to Sewanee. The ride route will return to Wiseman Park in Lynchburg.

The cost of the ride is $40, which includes participating in the ride, a commemorative T-shirt and one boxed lunch. Passengers buying lunch only will cost just $10. Additional lunches, T-shirts and more may be purchased also.

For more information or to register, call (615) 347-5833; send email inquiries to <jimmysridecommunityfund@gmail.com>; or go online to <www.jimmysride.com>.

According to a post on the event website by Bedford’s daughter Alice, the Jimmy Bedford Ride has now grown internationally.

“Ton and Ineke Blokland from The Netherlands heard about our ride and wanted to do something similar in Europe. The 1st European Jimmy’s Ride was a huge success with participants from 8 different countries riding on bikes and in cars in the beautiful Dutch countryside. We are looking forward to our tradition carrying on there as well,” said Alice, via the event website.

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