The fundraiser, which is held in memory of 5-year-old organ donor Savannah Faith Sides, has moved from Carl Cannon Chevrolet to the old Walker County airport to accommodate the addition of a daredevil stunt show and inaugural “Cruisin’ for a Miracle Car and Truck Show.”
Sandy Sides, Savannah’s mother, said an increased number of vendors is also expected this year.
“God just keeps making it bigger and bigger. It’s bigger than we are but not bigger than He is,” she said.
This year’s beneficiaries are local organ recipients Colton Hutchison and Hunter Sartain — the first children to be selected in the ride’s history.
A portion of the proceeds will also be given to the Alabama Organ Center and the UAB Towers, which houses transplant patients during treatment.
Last year, the ride raised more than $3,000 despite having to be rescheduled because of the April 27 tornado outbreak.
The first ride raised $1,100. Sides said organizers never establish a fundraising goal in advance.
“We never put a limit on God,” Sides said.
The gates at the airport will open at noon on Saturday. Registration for the motorcycle ride will be held until 1:30, when opening ceremonies will begin.
The ride leaves at 2 p.m and winds for 61 miles through Walker and Winston Counties.
The fee to participate is any donation.
There will be live music throughout the afternoon. Comedian Mickey Dean will also make an appearance.
Daredevil Tommy Pearson will perform his stunt show at 5:30 p.m.
The event will close with a concert at 7 p.m.
Other scheduled activities include stage coach and train rides, inflatables, facepainting and food. General admission is $2.
Sides said her family appreciates the support they receive from area business owners and individuals to make the ride possible.
“We couldn’t do it without them because it’s a lot of work and takes a lot of money. We have been very blessed with a lot of support,” Sides said.