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Buck Jones Toy Run brings out lots of gifts, bikers
Buck Jones
Riders for the 26th annual Buck Jones Toy Run gather at the Cumming Fairgrounds, the first of three stops on the ride.

For the 26th year, a motorcycle ride from Cumming to Lumpkin County did a lot of good for the community.

On Sunday, the Buck Jones Toy Run brought more than 100 riders from the starting point at the Cumming Fairgrounds to Dawson City Hall before finishing at Dahlonega High School in Lumpkin County.

“We had just a little over 100 motorcycles, but that’s about 150 people because at least 50 percent of the bikes have two riders,” said organizer Don Parkinson. “We collected toys for all three stops, but we also collected $10 gift certificates that we distributed.”

Riders were asked to bring at least three toys — one per stop — to be donated, but funds were also raised for Meals by Grace in Forsyth, KARE for Kids in Dawson and The Way Home in Lumpkin.

The winner of a 50/50 raffle — meaning the winner received half the raffle funds — also donated their winnings to The Place of Forsyth County.

“All in all, it was a very good turnout and very good showing and proceeds going to those charities,” Parkinson said.

The was event started in 1991 by Buck Jones, a former Cumming Police chief who also worked for Dawson County Sheriff’s Office. After Jones passed away in 2010, the toy run was named in his memory.

Parkinson said Sunday’s ride was “probably one of the smoothest we’ve had to date.”

“I think it went well,” he said. “We were concerned about the weather, but other than a little wind, the temperature was just right.