Turkey Fry Is Wednesday At Marine General

Bob Rogers of Marine General Supply in Duluth stands behind the donation jug for Bob’s Bike Drive. Sam Cook photo

Marine General Supply’s annual Turkey Fry in support of Bob’s Bike Drive will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the store, 1501 London Road. The event serves as a fundraising kick-off for Bob Rogers’ ninth annual bike drive. Rogers is an employee at Marine General.

The store will be deep-frying and serving turkey for turkey burgers out front, along with coffee and other beverages.

Rogers, 70, started his bike drive — providing bicycles for the children of families in need — to repay the kindness he and his siblings received as kids growing up in Superior.

“The fire department in Superior would fix up all these toys and bikes and give them to kids.” Rogers said. “We received all kinds of that stuff. We’d get it and be happy as we could be.”

Last year, Rogers spent $18,000 on 350 bikes, he said. This year, he hopes to raise $19,000 or more for 400 bikes.

He orders the bikes direct from Huffy, completely assembled. Continental Ski and Bike in Duluth has donated 400 helmets to Rogers and his cause.

Over the past eight years, Rogers has donated 1,362 bikes. Rogers gives the bikes and helmets to the Salvation Army, which distributes them to families. All donations to the bike drive are tax-deductible, Rogers said.

Those who cannot make it to the turkey fry may donate any day at Marine General, in the big jug at the front counter.