Blessing of the Bikes Returns for 49th Year

The Covid-19 Pandemic forced the cancellation of many festivals and fairs this past year, but as we’re seeing more and more people get vaccinated, communities are welcoming back these events with open arms, like the Blessing of the Bikes.

“We have a few big events but this is by far the biggest event,” said Lake County Sheriff Richard Martin. “Everybody kind of looks forward to it.”

One father/son duo that looks forward to the event are Robert Fecho and Robert Eric Fecho of Eau Claire.

“We just enjoy it, we enjoy motorcycles we enjoy the camaraderie, we just have a good time for the weekend,” said Robert Fecho.

Robert Eric Fecho likes spending the time with his dad.

”It’s the one big ride that we both look forward to every year,” he said.

The Fechos, as well as the Baldwin community, were disappointed the event was cancelled last year.

“It brings a lot of business into Lake County that generally doesn’t usually happen year round,” said Sheriff Martin.

On Saturday, Michigan Avenue in Baldwin will be closed to the public so motorcycles can park on the street and people can take a look at all the bikes.

“It’s packed,” said Michael Summers, Deputy Grand Knight for the Lake County Knights of Columbus. “You’ll see bikes from all over the place that come from out of state, just for the Blessing of the Bike.”

And on Sunday, bikes will gather at the Baldwin Airport for the blessing.D9d432f4 677d 45fc 8a39 1081ce695121

”We try to get up towards the front,” said Robert Fecho. “We like being up front.”

And for his son, he loves to make memories with his father.

“It’s just being able to spend time with him, being able to ride with him, and spend time just walking around looking at the bikes,” said Robert Eric Fecho.

The Blessing of the Bikes event will run in Baldwin from May 14-16.