Pulaski County ABATE Holds Annual Polar Bear Event


A group working to increase the safety of motorcyclists has once again scheduled an event that aims to give local residents a fun way to help support its cause.

ABATE (American Bikers Aimed Toward Education) provides motorcycle classes around the state, according to the organization’s Pulaski County Representative Brian Bendel. “We are contracted with the BMV (Bureau of Motor Vehicles) to license people and get them their endorsement for their motorcycles, and you can take the course through ABATE,” he explains. “They provide the bikes and it’s like a weekend course or you can take it during the week. It’s kind of like towards the education of motorcyclists, how to ride right and improve your skills and stuff on riding. Also, we fight for motorcycle rights, on some of the legislation, to keep our motorcycle rights in check.”

To help with those efforts, Pulaski County ABATE members have been hosting their Polar Bear event for the past 30 years. This year’s Polar Bear features a camp out that runs from noon EDT tomorrow through noon Sunday at the Tippecanoe River State Park.

During that time, participants will receive a pulled pork dinner on Friday, as well as breakfast and lunch on Saturday. A chili cook-off will take place Saturday night. Games, a pool tournament, and a live auction are also scheduled during the event.

The cost is $20 for the entire weekend, plus the $7 state park admission fee. The Polar Bear Camp Out and Chili Cook-Off is open to members of the public age 21 and over.

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