18th Annual Gulf Coast Police Motorcycle Skills Championship kicks off

18th Annual Gulf Coast Police Motorcycle Skills Championship kicks off - 6:30 a.m.

GONZALES, LA (WAFB) - The 18th Annual Gulf Coast Police Motorcycle Skills Championship is taking place at the Lamar Dixon Expo Center in Gonzales, LA this weekend.

Even though the event is titled "Gulf Coast Police," officers from all over the North American continent have come to the Bayou State for this event.

The competition started in the late 1990s in Galveston. It's more than doubled in size since the beginning.

A total of 153 motorcycle operators are participating in the event this weekend. The purpose of the championship is to compete, hone in on riding skills and raise money for the Dream Day Foundation.

The Dream Day Foundation is a local organization, based out of Baton Rouge. The organization serves to raise funds for St. Jude patients.

The competition has given more than $1 million since its existence.

"This is amazing," said Kristen Stanley, a Dream Day volunteer. "All of the money generated is given to the children so it's amazing to have this camaraderie across the nation to have all these people come together and donate."

A tribute has been set up at Lamar Dixon to remember the three Baton Rouge officers killed in an ambush attack this past July.

There will also be a lone motorcycle displayed along with a poster supporting the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Deputy Nick Tullier, who continues to recover from that same attack.

The competition is free and open to the public.

To see the scheduled events, click HERE.

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