Kersting’s Annual Bike Blessing Tomorrow

Motorcyclists gather for the ride
Motorcyclists gather for the ride

Motorcycle enthusiasts once again have the chance to mark the start of the biking season with a Blessing of the Bikes tomorrow at Kersting’s Cycle Center south of North Judson. Pastor James Young from Heartland Christian Center in North Judson, a motorcycle rider himself, will share the message this year, before going around and blessing the bikes for safe travels. Continue reading

Starke Chamber Names Kersting’s Cycle Center Business of the Year

Kerstings Business of the Year
Kersting’s Cycle Center is the Starke County Chamber of Commerce 2015 Business of the Year

“The little shop in the middle of nowhere where wonderful folks come from everywhere” is the 2015 Starke County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year.

Kersting’s Cycle Center owner Jim Kersting and his late wife, Nella, opened a small engine repair shop south of North Judson on State Road 39 in 1960. The original building has grown to more than 37,000 square feet with more than 20 employees during the busy motorcycle riding season. Continue reading

Kersting’s Cycle Center Receives $1085 Grant for Efficient Lighting

Kersting’s Cycle Center, like most other businesses throughout the country, is looking for ways to cut down on costs. Thanks to Kankakee Valley REMC, Jason Kersting learned about the Power Moves program offered by Wabash Valley Power which provides cash incentives to commercial and industrial facilities that replace older, less-efficient lighting and other devices with higher-efficiency equipment.

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Kersting’s Cycle Center to Hold Blessing of the Bikes Ceremony Saturday

Tom Berg talks with Sandy Kersting Rudd
Tom Berg talks with Sandy Kersting Rudd
Kersting’s Cycle Center in North Judson will be holding their Blessing of the Bikes ceremony this weekend with a variety of entertainment and vendors. Pastor Adam Speicher of Clymers UMC and Lake Cicott UMC will be performing the blessing ceremony on Saturday following a performance by the Acousticats.

Speicher said the group will pray over water as a symbol before breaking into four teams, each of which will go individually through the crowd, blessing not only the machines but the riders as well. He said he hopes to have each team ask if any specific prayers are needed as they go through the crowd, giving each attendee the chance to have their own prayer.

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Kersting’s To Celebrate 50th Anniversary This Month

Tom Berg talks with Jim Kersting

Kersting’s Cycle Center will be celebrating its 50th anniversary on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

As part of the festivities at the business located four miles south of North Judson on Highway 39, there will be free refreshments, hourly door prizes, and music form accordionist Tom Royce and the “Monday Night Pickers” featuring owner and founder Jim Kersting.

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Kersting’s Cycle Center Annual Charity Event This Weekend

Kersting’s Cycle Center will be hosting their 10th annual charity event this weekend. The Motorcycle, Music and Memories event is a large celebration put on at the center for only one day, featuring live bands, food vendors, and a motorcycle ride in the afternoon. The event raises money for a number of charities, including the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Nella Kersting Memorial Scholarship.

Jim and Nella Kersting developed their love of motorcycles into a growing, successful family business over the span of 40 years. Nella tragically passed away in 2003 as the result of a two-vehicle crash in Pulaski County which also left Jim critically injured.

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Kersting’s Cycle Center Holds Annual Fundraiser

Kersting’s Cycle Center presented it’s 9th annual charity event Saturday. Jason Kersting said the Motorcycle, Music and Memories event was a success.

“It’s a big festival that we put on here at the shop and it’s only for one day,” said Kersting. “We have the food vendors come in, we had four live bands and the actual motorcycle ride took off at 1:00 p.m. ET and that ride collects donations to the MDA and it’s in memory of Nella Kersting. That raised $1,090 just from a few guys getting together to go for a ride. I know that my mother would be really honored to know that event is taking place in her name.”

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Governor Daniels Visits Kersting’s Motorcycle Museum

Governor Daniels talks to Jim Kersting about the motorcycles in the museum

It’s not unusual for people from far and wide to stop by Kersting’s Motorcycle Museum in North Judson. The Governor of the State of Indiana, Mitch Daniels, stopped in for a visit yesterday and took a tour of the most famous motorcycle museum in the Midwest and the most interesting in the United States. He was given the tour by Jim Kersting.

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Starke United Golf Outing Set for Friday

The annual Starke United Golf Tournament is Friday, and you can still reserve a space. Executive Director, Julie Dessauer, said yesterday that Kersting’s Cycle Center is the hole-in-one sponsor. Hit that hole-in-one and ride off on a motorcycle. Also win a $500 VISA Card, golf clubs, or T.V.

Call 772-7506 for more information. The tournament is at the Chesapeake Run Golf Course in North Judson.