Ride for the Warrior benefits veterans charities

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

PHOENIX -- It's known as Arizona's loudest event of the year. "Ride for the Warrior" is a two-day music festival and motorcycle run benefiting Pinal County Veterans Memorial and other veterans charities.

The event, now in its 4th year, takes place at Paul Mason Sports Complex in Casa Grande on Feb. 27 and 28. This mission is to raise funds and awareness for Arizona veterans charities.

"We just partnered with some of the military guys, and some of the local business guys started raising money," says organizer Kirk McCarville. "We've got a lot of volunteers, a lot of help, a lot of local businesses.

The event was created in 2012 as a BBQ competition and music festival to benefit Operation Wounded Warrior. The 2012 event featured a BBQ competition, live musical performances and a motorcycle run.

In just a few years, the Ride for the Warrior has evolved into a two-day festival benefiting multiple organizations.

"We have a tribute riding starting in Tucson and at Chandler Harley, kickstands up at about 11. We'll arrive at about one," he says. "We're going to have a big opening ceremony with a parachute, flag jump."

Here is the entertainment lineup:
Friday: Warrant
Saturday: Jack Russell's Great White and Quiet Riot

February 27-28
Paul Mason Sports Complex in Casa Grande