*Feature photo: Members of the Sheridan Iron Brotherhood Motorcycle Club at the Fairgrounds today, while setting up for the Second Annual Biker Bash
tomorrow. / Pitchengine
(Sheridan, Wyo.) — You don't get to choose your family. But if you are
lucky, you might find a group of like-minded people who will have your
back—people who will be with you through thick and thin.
People who will become your family.
"We are a brotherhood," Jerry "Hobbit" Foster, the Vice President of the
local Iron Brotherhood Motorcycle Club told Dally today. "It is a family,
and this is our lifestyle."
Motorcycles are their commonality, but it is the realness, the bond of
solidarity, that bind these guys together, Jerry says.
Throughout the year, the members of The Iron Brotherhood Motorcycle Club
in Sheridan host charitable
fundraising events; the big ones being a Poker Run in June with proceeds
donated to the Sheridan Senior Center, and a Poker Run in September to
benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
This weekend, the MC will host its Second Annual Biker Bash at the
Fairgrounds. The event has parts designed to be family friendly: a Biker
Rodeo planned for 1 p.m.; and parts that will be 21 and up: A Leather and
Lace Contest, beer pong, bands and tattoos in the Exhibit Hall starting at
The event will serve as the group's main fundraiser for all its annual
The guys do things for the community, for each other, throughout the
year—small things without publicity that could otherwise go unnoticed.
They will stop on the side of the road to help people with a flat tire.
When one member had to miss his daughter's prom, the guys from the MC rode
to her house to take photos with the couple and escort them to the dance.
They have each other's backs, and in a way that reflects the way they view
the club: as a family.
"We are closer than that. I am the youngest of 12 kids," John "Bear"
Stainbrook said. "These guys are closer to me than I am to any of my
To join, a prospect will spend time showing that he is dedicated, reliable
and fits in with the group. The members then vote, and it has to be
unanimous, to accept a new member.
"It is a great equalizer," President Tyler "T-Bag" Bennett says. "It
doesn't matter what your job is, who you are—what matters is how much
dedication and heart you have, and what you are going to bring to the
"We put in countless hours for the community," Jerry added, saying that he
puts on a suit every day to and goes to work in his "other" life. Most of
the guys do—they all have jobs and demands, families, kids and live a
"We are a charitable organization, at the end of the day. We do that
because we want to. We want to give back," Jerry says.
But these guys know how to have fun, too.
"We may be a bit loud, a bit rowdier than some others," Tyler says with a
And so at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Sheridan will see its first-ever Biker Rodeo. It
is just what it sounds like: Riders compete in rodeo events like barrel
racing and an obstacle course, but with motorcycles instead of horses.
There are cash payouts for the winners, and adult tickets are $10. For $15,
people 21 and up can get a wristband to the evening events as well.
Luminous Brewhouse will be on site serving beer, and other local food
vendors will be present throughout the day.
For more information, see The Iron Brotherhood MC Second Annual Biker
event page . For more
information on the MC, visit their group page on Facebook