Blessing of the Bikes - Baldwin, Michigan
Always the third Sunday in May - www.lakecountymichigan.com
The "Blessing" which started in 1972, had 4 bikes and 8 riders who gathered at St. Ann Catholic Church in Baldwin, MI and received a blessing for a safe and happy riding season. From that humble beginning the festival has grown into a major event.
Thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts gather in Lake County in downtown Baldwin, Michigan. The event has grown so popular that it isn't unusual for bikes to be lined up for miles to enter the blessing area, sometimes with less than half an hour before the blessing begins. The Baldwin Municipal Airport opens both the south and north gates to the airport, two abreast, the bikes stream in for a blessing.
The entire community joins in the fun to welcome the bikes and the long awaited arrival of spring.