Smoky Mountain Toy Run returns November 4

(FILE PHOTO) The 2016 Smoky Mountain Toy Run. (Photo: WLOS staff

The Smoky Mountain Toy Run, a popular police-escorted motorcycle parade to collect toys and money for Eblen Charities, returns on Saturday, November 4, 2017.

It's the oldest toy run in North Carolina, and one of the oldest on the East Coast, organizers say.

The event benefits Eblen's Saint Nicholas Project, which then distributes the toys to families in need in our area during the Christmas season.

The Toy Run started in 1981, and in 2017 celebrates its 37th year of helping kids and families in need.

Requirements to ride are a toy worth $15 dollars, or a $15 dollar donation per rider.

All brands of road-worthy motorcycles are welcome to participate, and there is no preregistration required.

Gates open at 10 a.m. and the parade kicks off at 1 p.m., starting from Kearfott Manufacturing just east of Swannanoa and traveling to City-County Plaza in Asheville.

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