Thunder returns to Chase City this weekend as the South Central Bike Fest roars into town. The annual event has become a tradition in the community.

, the event was staged by the Chase City Volunteer Fire Department and for years, was the largest fundraising event for the company.

For the first year, the event was held at the South Central Fairgrounds, hence the name “South Central Bike Fair.”

The event was even more of a success than the organizers had hoped for, drawing huge num- bers of bikes, vendors and bike enthusiasts.

Although some people were clearly concerned about an event that brought large numbers of bikers into the communit,y the events were always peaceful and problems were minor and few and far between.

For the second year, the event was moved to the training grounds of the Chase City Volunteer Fire Department where camping could be made available. Within a few years, the event had grown to a multi-day event with bikes and visitors packing the venue.

The Bike Fair continued to grow and finally, as with many events, numbers began to drop. The decline was noticeable, and finally, in 2016, the CCVFD decided to halt the event.

A group of motorcycle enthusiasts were convinced that the event could still be a fun, excit- ing event for the community as well as a fundraiser to help local causes. With the blessing of the fire department, the motorcycle enthusiasts found willing support from area businesses and citizens and the event was reborn as the South Central Bike Fest.

In the three years that the group has held the fest, numbers have steadily risen and organizers are hoping that this year will be no different.

The festivities start at the training grounds on Thursday evening with a BBQ Dinner for $10 a plate. A DeeJay will be on hand providing music for the evening. The night is sponsored by the Chase City Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Chase City.

On Friday, gates open at noon for venders and campers. A “Historic Ride” will take place on Friday afternoon and beverage ticket sales begin at 3 p.m.. ID’s will be checked to verify that anyone buying beverage tickets is 21 or older.

The afternoon winds down with DJ SoundHouse providing music.

On Friday evening, attendance is limited to those 21 and older and music for the night will be provided by “10 Sinful Years.”

Gates open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, and a Poker Run kicks off the day, with registration opening for the bike show at 9 a.m.

At 10 a.m., D.J. Soundhouse and the Bikini Bike Wash Team will be ready to make your bike shine.

The Tobacco Road Band will perform from 10 a.m.. until 3:00 p.m., and the afternoon will also include rodeo events, announcements for the winners in the various bike show classes, prizes awarded and much more.

On Saturday night, admission is for those 21 and over and the event closes with Moonshine Sons providing music for the evening’s fun.