Santa came to town Saturday at noon riding in a motorcycle-drawn sleigh, with 148 bikes following behind.

The roaring lasted a long time, as bikers rolled through the porticos at Conway Regional Medical Center, carrying toys for the children who will be in the pediatric unit in the coming year.

"Every child who comes will be given a toy," said JoLynne Gasaway, director of pediatrics. "It is to make their stay easier. If they are getting an IV, or if they don’t feel good, a toy will make them feel better."

And they get to take the toy home with them.

Saturday’s roundup of bikers and toys was the 12th annual Conway Regional Toy Run, according to "Painter," who had a vested interest in collecting toys.

Steve "Painter" Polk offered to cut off his elbow-length pony tail and have his head shaved by the biker group that collected the most toys for ages six months to 2 years.

Winners were the Ladies of Harley. The pony tail will go to Locks of Love.

A bald-headed Painter welcomed the toy-laden bikers and thanked them for their gifts.

Festivities included bands playing at Toad Suck Harley Davidson before and after the toy run, and to close out the annual event, lunch included deer chili.

(Staff writer Becky Harris can be reached at and 505-1234.)