Santa’s helpers: Annual Toy Run rolls through Newton

Chad Frey
A color guard leads the 35th annual Newton Toy Run on Sunday.

On Sunday, Santa’s helpers showed up at the Chisholm Trail Outlet and Retail Shops in the form of motorcyclists, ATV riders and classic car drivers.

Several hundred vehicles participated in the 35th annual Newton Toy Run, a benefit for the Salvation Army.

The crowd was a bit smaller this year, which event organizers said was due to COVID-19.

“We do have more than I expected,” said Bill Ryan, event organizer.

The route through town ends at the parking lot by High Rollers Skate & Fun Zone, in the 100 block of E. Third Street.

The proceeds will benefit the Salvation Army and the event is supported by American Legion Riders Chapter 2. The toy run and Christmas program serve about 275 Harvey County families each year.

The ride has been named as a memorial to Wayne Kemp. Born in Newton in 1972, Kemp was a respected custom motorcycle builder and owner of Wayne Kemp Kustoms. He was featured in Iron Horse magazine and others for his custom bike creations. He also owned Alpha Recovery Service. He died Aug. 5, 2017, following a motorcycle crash.

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Hundreds of vehicles, from two- to four-wheel varieties, participated in the Russ Kemp Memorial Toy Run on Sunday in Newton.