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2018 Events


2018 Events

Thank you to the organizations and hard-working individuals who help put together many events benefitting MMAF throughout the year. Please join MMAF at these events as we say “Thanks” to Minnesota’s service members and their families.

Saturday, June 16, 2018, 12:00 P.M.

The Freedom Run, Minnesota Lake, MN

The 11th annual Freedom Run is a 100 mile rally through scenic south central Minnesota that draws hundreds of motorcycles and classic cars to show support for Minnesota’s service members and their families. Enjoy music, food and featured speakers during the morning program and come back to Minnesota Lake after the ride for live entertainment from the SwitchRoad Band, a hog roast, bean bag tournament, live auction and prizes.  Proceeds from the ride go to Minnesotans’ Military Appreciation Fund. Learn more about the Freedom Run.


Saturday, June 30, 2018, 9:00 A.M.

The Patriot Ride, Key Air (Anoka County Airport), Blaine, MN

The Minnesota Patriot Guard, Dennis Kirk and Tribute to the Troops present the 2017 Patriot Ride. The ride continues at Key Air, on the north end of the Anoka County Airport. More than 3,000 riders are expected to participate in the 50 mile ride to show their support for Minnesota’s service members and their families. Enjoy live music, food, parachute jumps, the Donnie Smith Bike Show and featured speakers. The afternoon Military Recognition Program will honor Wounded Warriors and Gold Star Families for their service and sacrifices. Learn more about the Patriot Ride.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Minnesota Twins Military Day, Target Field

The Minnesota Twins will honor four Purple Heart recipients at Target Field before the Twins play the Orioles on Sunday, July 8th as part of Military Appreciation Day. MMAF Board member and Vietnam Veteran, Barry Winslow will award grants as part of the pre-game festivities. For tickets and other information visit https://www.mlb.com/twins 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 6:30 P.M.

Twin Cities River Rats Water Ski Show Team

The Twin Cities River Rats will host their eighth annual Military Appreciation show at their Minneapolis home site, just off of West River Road in between Broadway Avenue and Plymouth Avenue on August 21st. Come watch the outstanding performance as they barefoot ski, ski-jump, build human pyramids, and perform on the Mississippi River. Join the River Rats as they help us say “thanks” to Minnesotans who have served in combat since September 11, 2001. For more information on the River Rats, click here!

Saturday, August 18, 2018, 8:30 A.M.

Leech Lake Area Ride for Vets - Walker Area American Legion Post 134

The seventh annual Leech Lake Area Ride for Vets will take place on Saturday, August 18, 2018. The ride begins at the Walker Area American Legion Post 134 at 11:00am. The 100 mile ride helps raise funds and awareness for veteran organizations in Minnesota, including MMAF.

Tuesday, August 28, 2018, All Day

Military Appreciation Day at the Minnesota State Fair

The Minnesota State Fair will again hold Military Appreciation Day in which veterans receive discounted admission. MMAF will have an information booth along with many other veteran service organizations. Check back for additional details.