Lehigh to hold chopper raffle

LEHIGH – Motorcycle enthusiasts will get a chance to win a custom bike made by Orange County Choppers and support the construction of a new fire station in Lehigh at the same time by buying raffle tickets beginning Wednesday.

The winner of the motorcycle raffle will be chosen on Oct. 19.

The sale of those raffle tickets will help to raise money to pay for the new station, according to Lehigh Fire Chief Kirk Kelley. He has estimated that the building will cost $1 million.

The machine is being built by the staff of Orange County Choppers, the motorcycle shop in Newburgh, N.Y., made famous by the television program “American Choppers.” Kelley said a group of Lehigh firefighters will travel to New York on June 10 to pick up the motorcycle. He said it will be unveiled June 30 at Riverside Tavern in Lehigh.

Ticket sales will start Wednesday. The tickets will cost $20 apiece. Kelley said six tickets can be bought for $100.

Tickets can be purchased at these locations:

Amigo’s, 280 N. First St.

Blue Ribbon Pelham Waters, 612 S. 32nd St.

Ethel’s, Duncombe

Lehigh City Hall and Fire Station

Riverside Tavern, Lehigh

All Lehigh firefighters will also have tickets to sell, according to Kelley.

Proceeds from the ticket sales will help to pay for a proposed fire station with five garage bays, a training room and a kitchen. It will replace the volunteer fire department’s current quarters in the building that also houses the city offices, the library and the Public Works Department.

Kelley hopes to get the new station built within five years.