While everyone is enjoying Hermiston FunFest on Saturday, a special motorcade will pass through town.

The motorcade - composed of members of local Shrine clubs, masons and non-shriners on motorcycles, in cars and trucks - will make a toy run from Ontario to the Shriner's Children's Hospital in Portland, starting at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday.

The event, Toy Run Across Oregon, is the brainchild of Shriner John Perkins.

"I thought about it when I joined Shriners as a way of showing what the organization does to non-shriners," said Perkins, who lives in Milton-Freewater.

The motorcade will make stops along its route in Baker City, La Grande, Pendleton and the Umatilla County Fairgrounds in Hermiston, for food and to pick up toy donations.

The Shriners are looking for new toys in their original boxes or wrapping, which can be dropped off at the motorcade's stops.

The motorcade will arrive in Hermiston around 11:30 a.m. before departing for Multnomah Falls, at 12:15 p.m., where it will be joined by a special escort.

"A group of Shriners, including myself, will form an escort using our Kawasaki KZ-1000 police motorcycles seen on CHIPS," Perkins said. "We'll the escort the motorcade the rest of the way to the hospital."

Though its an event organized by the Shriners, Perkins said anyone can join.

"We're looking to get anyone who wants to join this caravan, to come and experience what Shriners do and see that their money is going to a good cause," he said.

For more information, call Perkins at 541-861-0301 or 541-938-0590.


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