Central Mountains ATV Assoc., Inc. held their 6th Annual Tour for Elk and Toy Drive on November 11th - 12th in Benezette, PA. Our “members only” association ride had an amazing combined turnout of 291 riders and 170 machines! Registration took place first thing at the Elk Visitor’s Center ECCO building and then we broke down into groups to enjoy a wonderful catered lunch by the Benezette Hotel and a visit to the Benezette Winery Store. The wine shop seemed to be a BIG hit!
The group saw lots of Elk over the two days of riding.
The event kicked off at 11:30 and everyone returned to the visitors center by 4pm. We rode on the township roads which are open to ATV’s in Benezette township and some private land that CMATVA has permission to ride on. Of course, every group is not going to have the same experience but in total CMATVA members saw 100 elk on Saturday and 200 on Sunday. Everyone had a good time visiting the Elk Visitor’s Center and we even had an opportunity to watch a movie on how elk were brought into Pennsylvania.
Hundreds of riders came out to look for Elk.
CMATVA collected over 300 toys for our Toy Drive portion of the ride which was down from last year. We will be presenting the toys to the 24th annual Mark the Shark Toy Drive on December 10, 2017 at 10:30 am at Walmart in Mill Hall, PA. This event is sponsored by the radio station WSQV 92.1 FM in Lock Haven, Pa. and the toys are distributed through local charities with the help of students from Central Mountain Middle School and the Lock Haven Area Jaycees.
The Benezette Winery is always a favorite spot.
A special thank you goes out to everyone who made this year’s 6th Annual Tour for Elk and Toy Drive such a success. We have a remarkable group of dedicated members who helped in many ways from parking to registration and keeping the group rides organized and everything moving throughout the day. Parking for all the trucks and trailers was made possible by Benezette Township allowing us to use the baseball field and Andy Tuttle who allowed us to use his fields, thank you all for this. And lastly, thank you to the Elk Visitor’s Center, Benezette Hotel and Winery and the community we appreciate your accommodations and hospitality.
Some of the gang viewing a herd on Saturday.
You can see the pictures from our 6th Annual Tour for Elk and Toy Drive on our web site. www.cmatva.org Come join the fun and become a member today and we will include your 2018 membership. CMATVA wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season.
Be Alert….Ride Smart….Stay Safe….
Henry J. Sorgen IV
President of CMATVA
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This year Brapp Mag had an opportunity to tag along with this group and we had a blast. A cold blast, but a blast none the less. The above article failed to mention that temps were in the teens all weekend but it didn’t discourage the crew from the CMATVA both riders and volunteers alike, let alone all of the local folk that braved the cold to help support this event. We would also like to thank Lancaster Honda for providing us with a great ride and the town of Benezette for recognizing that
off - road riders can be responsible and a great source of revenue for local economies. Be sure that you’ll see us back next year.
Jim and Deb Bull
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