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ABATE program raising money to help coast rebuild

Blue Oyster Cult will headline activities at Atwood Water Parkthis weekend for the 18th annual American Bikers Active TowardEducation (ABATE) State Field Meet.

The band, commonly known as BOC by rock fans, dominated themusic scene in the late 1960s and 1970s with classics stillreceiving a lot of air play on the radio. The band is best knownfor its hits “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” “Godzilla” and “Cities onFlame With Rock and Roll.”

The band will take the stage Saturday following a day of variousmotorcycle-related activities. Day features include motorcyclefield events, a poker run, bike show and a variety of vendors.

“The field events are always a popular attraction,” said SandraSarich, state public relations officer and an event organizer.

Triple X will open the night’s activities and perform beforeBlue Oyster Cult around 9 p.m.

The event opens Friday night with performances by Generationsand Microwave Dave and the Nukes.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Gulf Coast Habitat forHumanity, Sarich said.

“We want to be a part of helping rebuild the coast and with yourhelp we can,” she said. “From our profits in the last seven years,we have donated over $80,000 to the Mississippi FirefightersMemorial Burn Center.”

The event drew more than 5,000 people to the Monticello area in2004, but Hurricane Katrina disrupted last year’s field meet.