U.S. Sen. Joni Ernst’s annual Roast and Ride fundraiser, a mainstay for Iowa politicians and future GOP presidential contenders alike, will return June 1 at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

The traditional motorcycle ride will begin at 8:30 a.m. at Big Barn Harley-Davidson in Des Moines, and a hog roast will follow at the Animal Learning Center at the fairgrounds. A speaker lineup has not yet been announced, but tickets are available online.

Last year, in the leadup to the January 2024 Iowa caucuses, Ernst’s Roast and Ride drew eight presidential candidates and nearly 1,000 attendees.

In previous years, Ernst’s event has acted as a preview of potential presidential contenders, including when former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley spoke in 2019 ahead of her 2024 White House bid.

“Roast and Ride is back, and it’s bigger and better than ever,” Ernst said in a statement. “I’m thrilledto celebrate the great state of Iowa while giving back to those who’ve sacrificed somuch for us. See you on June 1st!”

Brianne Pfannenstiel is the chief politics reporter for the Des Moines Register. She is also covering the 2024 presidential race for USA TODAY as a senior national campaign correspondent. Reach her at [email protected] or 515-284-8244. Follow her on Twitter at @brianneDMR.

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