Upcoming Events – July 2017

Here are the events I’m aware of for July 2017, primarily occurring in the slightly modified South (basically on/below a line from Kansas to Maryland as indicated below) since that’s where our club membership is based and most of our current readers are located.  I have gone through each of these listings and when possible posted only the actual page the info is on, bypassing any “intro” pages that take up your time and/or only advertise a dealer or sponsor.  Please follow links provided with each entry to determine admission fee (if any), pre-registration procedures, possible minimum age requirements, and any other pertinent information.

Activity Report Region For Dixie Riders™ MC

If you know of any other events please send me the details, including a valid website or online-flyer link, so I can add them.  Events without their own website, or a substantial information page or flyer, will not be added.  I also do not list “events” that are basically only advertising items for sale at motorcycle dealers or parts stores with only a reference to some brief, purchase required, customer-grabbing event.  I’m not against these retailers, some are close friends, however this type of “event” is considered to only be for the benefit of the retailer.

If you’re looking for an event to attend, but not finding quite what you’re looking for, check back here periodically.  I add new events as soon as possible after I’m informed about them.

We have added a proprietary map of the events listed below.

Click HERE to view full size interactive map.

1st, Sat – London, KY – 2nd Annual Warhorse Benefit Motorcycle Ride – Benefits At-Risk Youth In The Community – Benefit Ride, free lunch, patch included with registration, Veterans rally point, outdoor fun, and more. – http://www.thehighmountain.com/

2nd, Sun – Titusville, FL – Freedom Ride And Barbecue – Benefits the Hummingbird Mission, Honoring Veterans and Assisting The Homeless – Charity ride, free BBQ for participants, poker run, drawings, entertainment. – http://www.hummingbirdmission.org/events

8th, Sat – Kingman, KS – Kingman Rally By The River And Motorcycle Show – Benefit Ride For The Sexual Assault Domestic Violence Center – Bike show with cash prize for each category, raffles, live music.  No admission or entry fees. – https://www.kingmanrallybytheriver.com/

8th, Sat – McPherson, KS – Ride For Independence – Benefits Multi Community Diversified Services – Poker Run, T-shirt included, snacks available after the ride. – http://www.mcds-ks.org/poker-run-information.html

8th, Sat – Wyandotte, OK – 5th Annual Bikes, Blues, And Boom Poker Run – Proceeds Benefit Local Veterans – Poker Run, entertainment, food. – http://www.bikesbluesandboom.com/

13th – 16th, Thu-Sun – Sturgis, KY – Sturgis Kentucky Bike Rally – Poker Run, bike bands, live bands, party in the campgrounds, bike show, drag races, and more. – ** Must Be At Least 21 Years Old To Enter **  – http://www.kentuckybikerally.com/

22nd, Sat – Radcliff, KY – Ride For The Wall – Proceeds will benefit the construction of a Vietnam Wall in Tribute Park. – Back road route. – http://www.vietnamveterans1051.org/wall/download/Wall%20Ride.pdf

27th – 30th, Thu-Sun –  Pelham, TN – Hogfest Summer Bash –  Rain or Shine,  Grassy, not dusty, bike and stage games, live music, nightly adult games, tent and RV camping. – ** Must Be At Least 21 Years Old To Enter **http://www.hogfestoftn.com/

29th, Sat – Fredericksburg, VA – Bull Run III – Presented by CVMA (Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association) 27-2 – Benefits victims of PTSD and TBI (traumatic brain injury) – Ride covers approximately 85 miles of VA back roads.  Lunch included with donation. Raffle, music, and more.  Event coin(s) and patches available. – https://www.bullruniii.org/assets/bull_run_iii_public_poster_2017.jpg

 

Upcoming Events – June 2017

Here are the events I’m aware of for June 2017, primarily occurring in the slightly modified South (basically on/below a line from Kansas to Maryland as indicated below) since that’s where our club membership is based and most of our current readers are located.  I have gone through each of these listings and when possible posted only the actual page the info is on, bypassing any “intro” pages that take up your time and/or only advertise a dealer or sponsor.  Please follow links provided with each entry to determine admission fee (if any), pre-registration procedures, possible minimum age requirements, and any other pertinent information.

Activity Report Region For Dixie Riders™ MC

If you know of any other events please send me the details, including a valid website or online-flyer link, so I can add them.  Events without their own website, or a substantial information page or flyer, will not be added.  I also do not list “events” that are basically only advertising items for sale at motorcycle dealers or parts stores with only a reference to some brief, purchase required, customer-grabbing event.  I’m not against these retailers, some are close friends, however this type of “event” is considered to only be for the benefit of the retailer.

If you’re looking for an event to attend, but not finding quite what you’re looking for, check back here periodically.  I add new events as soon as possible after I’m informed about them.

We have added a proprietary map of the events listed below.

Click HERE to view full size interactive map.

3rd, Sat –  Lexington, KY – Cruise For Kids – Benefits “All God’s Children” providing comprehensive care, treatment and education to emotionally and behaviorally troubled, pregnant and/or parenting teens and their children.” – Lots of prizes, all bike types allowed. – http://www.kyallgodschildren.org/events/cruise-for-kids-2017/

3rd, Sat – Thomasville, NC – Ride To The Rescue – Benefits The Thomasville Rescue Squad – All volunteer heavy rescue team. – Fun, Food, and Fellowship –  https://www.facebook.com/events/498855213651794

4th, Sun – Cumming, GA – Atlanta Ride For Kids – Benefits The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation – All makes and models of motorcycles welcome. – http://pbtf.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=2804&pg=entry

4th, Sun – Richmond, VA – Virginia Ride For Kids – Benefits The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation – All makes and models of motorcycles welcome. – http://pbtf.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=2832&pg=entry

8th – 11th, Thu-Sun – Austin, TX – Republic Of Texas Rally – Biker Rodeo, vendors, bike show, rides, flat track racing, 30 bands, 3 stages – http://www.rotrally.com/

9th – 11th, Fri-Sun – Lanexa, VA – 5th Annual Battlefield Bash –  Poker Run, vendors, live music, raffles and more. – https://www.combatvet27-3.org/battlefield-bash/

15th – 17th, Thu-Sat – Front Royal, VA – 25th Annual Mid-Atlantic Women’s Motorcycle Rally – Supporting Efforts To End Women’s Breast Cancer – Games, Chinese auction, banquet rides, educational seminars, contests, scavenger hunt. – http://www.mawmr.org/rally-information/

15th – 25th, Thu-Sun – Sparks, OK – Sparks America Bike Week – Bike Show, on-site camping, pole dance contest, biker contests, games, live music. – http://www.sparksamericacampgrounds.com/

16th & 17th, Fri&Sat – Rockingham, NC – Smoke Out 18 – Bike Show, music, drag racing, camping, chop off, mini bike racing, freak show, and more. – http://www.smokeoutrally.com/

17th, Sat – Manassas, VA – 9th Annual Ride For Jill’s House – Benefits Jill’s House serving children with intellectual disabilities and their families – Bike Ride, pin, T-shirt, Patch, Food – http://jillshouse.org/events/

 

Upcoming Events – May 2017

Here are the events I’m aware of for May 2017, primarily occurring in the slightly modified South (basically on/below a line from Kansas to Maryland as indicated below) since that’s where our club membership is based and most of our current readers are located.  I have gone through each of these listings and when possible posted only the actual page the info is on, bypassing any “intro” pages that take up your time and/or only advertise a dealer or sponsor.  Please follow links provided with each entry to determine admission fee (if any), pre-registration procedures, possible minimum age requirements, and any other pertinent information.

Activity Report Region For Dixie Riders™ MC

If you know of any other events please send me the details, including a valid website or online-flyer link, so I can add them.  Events without their own website, or a substantial information page or flyer, will not be added.  I also do not list “events” that are basically only advertising items for sale at motorcycle dealers or parts stores with only a reference to some brief, purchase required, customer-grabbing event.  I’m not against these retailers, some are close friends, however this type of “event” is considered to only be for the benefit of the retailer.

If you’re looking for an event to attend, but not finding quite what you’re looking for, check back here periodically.  I add new events as soon as possible after I’m informed about them.

We have added a proprietary map of the events listed below.

Click HERE to view full size interactive map.

3rd – 7th, Wed-Sun –  Panama City Beach, FL – 19th Annual Thunder Beach Spring Motorcycle Rally – Contests, live entertainment, bike parade, over 200 vendors, motorcycle stunt shows, poker runs, bikini contest, and much more – https://thunderbeachproductions.com/rally-info.html

4th – 7th, Thur-Sun – Fort Walton Beach, FL – Emerald Coast Bike Fest – Bike show, poker run, motorcycle giveaway, live music, classic car show. – http://www.emeraldcoastbikefest.com/

4th – 7th, Thur-Sun – Atwood, TN – Boogie Hollar Motorcycle Rally – Great food, field events, live music, contests, vendors, and more – Party Rain or Shine – * Must Be At Least 21 Years Old To Enter *http://www.boogiehollar.com/

4th – 7th, Thur-Sun – Depew, OK – Bike Stock Oklahoma / Route 66 Biker Rally – People games, bike games, live musical entertainment, wild contests, air-conditioned bars, on-site camping, and more. – * Must Be At Least 21 Years Old To Enter *http://www.route66bikerrally.com/

5th – 7th, Fri-Sun – Fredericksburg, TX – Hill Country Run Motorcycle Rally – Bike shows, bike games, live music from 4 different performers, vendors, rides, and more. – http://www.hillcountryrun.com/index.html

5th & 6th, Fri&Sat – Lebanon, TN – 3rd Annual Spring Redneck Rumble – Motorcycle show, swap meet, camping, live music, and more. – http://www.bothbarrelspromotions.com/

5th – 7th, Fri-Sun – Maggie Valley, NC – Thunder In The Smokies Spring Rally – Bike games with cash prizes, live music, tour rides, vendors, and more. – https://handlebarcorral.com/

6th, Sat – Charlotte, NC – Officer In Need Poker Run – Poker Run, 50/0 raffle, Motorcycles and 4-wheel vehicles welcome, prizes for best hand, 2nd bet hand, and worst hand, starts/ends at Indian Motorcycle of Charlotte – http://www.bknc16.org/bknc16_002.htm

7th, Sun – Apex, NC – NC Triangle Ride For Kids – Benefits the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation – Motorcycle Ride, entertainment, and food. – Riders on all makes and models welcome to attend. – http://pbtf.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=2817&pg=entry

12th – 14th, Fri-Sun – Kenedy, TX – Texas Iron Rally – 50/50 Benefits Bikers For Bikers Foundation, Bike Show, bike run, live entertainment, games, door prizes, free camping, vendors, and more. – * Must Be At Least 21 Years Old To Enter *http://strokenproductions.com/

12th – 21st, Fri-Sun – Marion, SC – Swamp Fox Spring Biker Bash – Live Entertainment, lots of great vendors, amazing food and drinks. – Tent and RV Camping available. – http://www.swampfoxentertainmentcomplex.com/event/1375718-swamp-fox-spring-biker-bash-marion/

12th – 21st, Fri-Sun – Murrells Inlet, SC – Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally – Coastal Motorcycle Tours, bike shows, bike nights, vendors, stunt shows, live entertainment, event merchandise, and more. – http://www.myrtlebeachbikeweek.com/

12th – 21st, Fri-Sun – Murrells Inlet, SC – 78th Annual Spring Beach Rally – Ride Planned For Vets, kick off party, meet and greet ride, 50/50 raffle to benefit DAV, free trailer parking. – http://www.springbeachrally.com/

13th, Sat – Villa Rica, GA – Badge Fest Atlanta 2017 – Proceeds Benefit First Responders – Variety Of Entertainers, raffles, Circus attractions, Memorial Ride. – https://www.badgefestatlanta.com/

17th, Wed – Surfside Beach, SC – Crude’s 7th Annual Meet and Greet Ride – Proceeds Benefit Disabled Veterans – 180 Miles Round Trip, 50/50 raffle, discounted drinks at end of ride. – http://www.springbeachrally.com/crudesride2017.pdf

19th – 21st, Fri-Sun – Grady, AL – Shine In Lapine Rally – Adult Games, trophies, live entertainment, free camping, and more. – * Must Be At Least 21 Years Old To Enter *http://www.shineinlapine.com/

19th – 21st, Fri-Sun – Huntsville, AL – All Female Ride – Meet & Greet, Cook-out, Pool Party, Guest Speakers, and more. – http://alabamafemaleride.weebly.com/

20, Sat – Murfreesboro, TN – Middle Tennessee Ride For Kids – Benefits the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation – Motorcycle Ride, entertainment, and food. – Riders on all makes and models welcome to attend.http://pbtf.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=2808&pg=entry

20, Sat – Stafford, TX – Bikes, Bugs, and Brew IIX – Benefits the Epilepsy Foundation Texas – On Stage Entertainment, silent and live auctions, motorcycle raffle, bike wash, celebrity appearances, and more. – http://bikesandbugs.org/

 

Pool and Snacks at Fast Eddies

This event is intended to give bikers, motorcycle enthusiasts, and the general Dixie Riders™ MC membership a few hours of shooting pool, eating snacks, and social fun. There will be hot food, drinks, and music. Fast Eddie’s is both a Pool Hall and Sports Club which has both 8′ and 9′ Pool tables. There are also Ping Pong tables, Darts, Juke Boxes, Golf Games, and more! They offer domestic beer, local beer, and craft cocktails. Their food offerings range from Popcorn or Pizza to Nachos, Jalapeno Poppers, BBQ, and other tasty selections.

This is an OPEN EVENT.

Non-Dixie Riders™ Motorcycle Club members not only **welcome** but **encouraged** to attend.

Fast Eddies GPS Coordinates = 30°04’45.5″N 94°10’06.7″W
Address Is: 6410 Phelan Blvd. Beaumont, TX 77706

Attendance will be by other bikers, club members, and the general public. Please base your behavior and clothing choice(s) with regard for any non-club people who may be attending.

As always, we hope you are able to come out and join us for this event.

Bike Night!

Bikers, Hot Food, Cold Beer, and Live Music By A Fantastic Guitarist, Blake Sticker (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sagXqBI0-DY)  What else could you ask for?

Event to be held at Cowboy HD Beaumont, TX
1150 Interstate 10 S. Access Rd.
Beaumont, TX 77707

GPS Coordinates = 30°03’57.9″N 94°08’07.8″W

This is an OPEN event.  Dixie Riders™ MC members and non-members are all equally welcome to attend.

Upcoming Events – April 2017

Here are the events I’m aware of for April 2017, primarily occurring in the slightly modified South (basically on/below a line from Kansas to Maryland as indicated below) since that’s where our club membership is based and most of our current readers are located.  I have gone through each of these listings and when possible posted only the actual page the info is on, bypassing any “intro” pages that take up your time and/or only advertise a dealer or sponsor.  Please follow links provided with each entry to determine admission fee (if any), pre-registration information, and any other pertinent information.

Activity Report Region For Dixie Riders™ MC

If you know of any other events please send me the details, including a valid website or online-flyer link, so I can add them.  Events without their own website, or a substantial information page or flyer, will not be added.  I also do not list “events” that are basically only advertising items for sale at motorcycle dealers or parts stores with only a reference to some brief, purchase required, customer-grabbing event.  I’m not against these retailers, some are close friends, however this type of “event” is considered to only be for the benefit of the retailer.

If you’re looking for an event to attend, but not finding quite what you’re looking for, check back here periodically.  I add new events as soon as possible after I’m informed about them.

We have added a proprietary map of the events listed below.

Click HERE to view full size interactive map.

April 2017 Events

6th – 9th, Thu-Sun –  Cleveland, AL – Rally By The River Spring Rally – “A True Old School Biker Rally” – Adult games, wet T-shirt contest, live entertainment, food.  Camping with clean showers and restrooms.  BYOB event.  Gated Property.  ** Must Be At Least 21 Years Old To Enter ** http://www.rallybyriver.com/

 6th – 9th, Thu-Sun – Somerville, TX – Carts, Bikes, And Babes – Live Music by 6 Bands, Zoo, themed events, stage games, bike games, tattoo contest and more. – www.cbabrally.com

7th – 9th, Fri-Sun – Comanche, TX – Texas Motorcycle Roadriders State Rally – Bike Show, silent and live auctions, kids games, auctions, door prizes, and more. – www.tmra.org

8th, Sat – Raleigh, NC – Easter Basket Ride – Benefits The Oxford Orphanage – Lunch Included – Donation fee waived if item(s) for orphanage brought to start of ride. – https://www.rayprice.com/news/rides/easter-basket-ride-0

21st – 23rd, Fri-Sun – Mercedes, TX – South Texas Biker Roundup – Live Music, bike show, poker run, biker rodeo, tattoo contest, scavenger hunt. – http://www.beachnbikerfest.com/

22nd – Sat – Helena, AR – Wild Hog Poker Run And Cajun Cookout – Free Camping, live music, cash awards, Crawfish boil, Andouille, and Boudin Sausage.  Everyone welcome.  No wristband required. – http://www.wildhogmusic.org/

22nd, Sat – Elm Mott, TX – 12th Annual John Beers Memorial Car And Bike Show – Legacy Run, vendors, BBQ, live music, family events. – http://alrpost121.weebly.com/events–flyers.html

22nd, Sat – Fredericksburg, VA – 10th Annual Habit For Humanity Poker Run – Cash Prizes for best and worst hands, 508/50 raffle.  10th Year Anniversary after Ride party continuing at Cowboy Jack’s with Live Entertainment by Shannon Peterson. – http://www.fredhab.org/site/pokerrun/

22nd, Sat – Haymarket, VA – 6th Annual Officer Down Memorial Ride – All proceeds will benefit the Officer Down Memorial Page, a 501(c)(3) charity that honors over 22,000 law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.  Raffle, miscellaneous entertainment and live music by two bands, and silent auction. – http://www.officerdownmemorialride.com/info/ride-information/

22nd – 30th, Sat-Sun – Harbinger, NC – 15th Annual Outer Banks Bike Week – Poker Runs, bikini contests, guided tours, bike games, live music by Great White Slaughter, vendors, and more. – http://www.outerbankshd.com/know-one-of-the-best-spring-riding-rallies-on-east-coast–bike-week

27th – 29th, Thu-Sat – ** These Are The Correct Dates – Other Sources Showing Incorrect Rally Dates** – Blairsville, GA – Gauntlet Thunder In The Mountains Rally – You’ve Slain The Dragon, Now Run The Gauntlet.  See the highest point in Georgia.  Scenic mountain roads and overlooks.  Live music.  Free food and drinks.  Treasure hunt.  Prizes for all games and contests. – http://www.gauntletga.com/index.cfm?content=12&Menu=6

27th – 30th, Thu-Sun – Seven Springs, NC – Thunder On Tobacco Road Spring Rally – Bike Rodeo, corn hole competition, random contests, BYOB (cans), free camping with paid admission, three bands. ** Must Be At Least 18 Years Old To Enter **http://mason-dixonparkbikerally.com/

28th – 29th, Fri-Sat – Harbinger, NC – Outer Banks Music Festival –  Rain or Shine, 4 bands, games, drinks, and more.  VIP tickets available.  All ages welcome. – http://www.outerbanksmusicfest.com/

28th – 30th, Fri-Sun – Leesburg, FL – 21st Annual Leesburg Bikefest – Over 60 Concerts, 4 hot body contests, hundreds of vendors, Rats Hole bike show, stunt shows, Wall of Death, and more. – http://www.leesburgbikefest.com/

28th – 30th, Fri-Sun – Milledgeville, GA – Milledgeville Thunder Rally – Live Music, BYOB (Cans Only), Nearby and On-site camping, bike show, bike games, best campsite contest, and more.  Rain or Shine event. – ** Must Be At Least 18 Years Old To Enter **http://www.milledgevillethunderrally.com/

30th, Sun – Montgomery, TX – Houston Ride For Kids – Benefits The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.  Since 1984, motorcyclists have raised funds to help children with brain tumors, which are the top cause of cancer death in children.  Events also fund free educational resources, college scholarships for brain tumor survivors and emergency financial aid for families. – Project Bike Raffle, Escorted Rides – http://pbtf.convio.net/site/TR?fr_id=2777&pg=entry

Ride-In Movie – Easy Rider Event Report

The Saturday, 18FEB2017 Ride-In Movie “Easy Rider” was a blast from the past.

Attending the movie was most enjoyable however there were not as many bikers attending as I thought there would be. Don’t get me wrong, there was a good turnout so I’m not complaining. 🙂 I think everyone enjoyed seeing Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Jack Nicholson again in their young respective roles.

Cowboy HD surprised everyone by changing the advertised menu. Instead of providing popcorn as advertised they provided plenty (at least 20 boxes) of fresh pizza and keg beer! I bet the turnout would have been much better had people known they were going to receive a good meal instead of just popcorn. 😉

The outdoor screen was different to any I had seen before. It resembled a flat wall of one of those inflatable bounce houses, and there was a good sound system.

The movie was started just after sundown when there was still a lot of light in the sky.

The first few minutes of the movie was a little washed out because of this but that didn’t last long.

The rear-projection picture was clear once it got dark.  We enjoyed a brisk, clear evening sky, a good movie, and the camaraderie of other bikers.

This is normally where I would end an event review however this Old-School biker is going to take the opportunity to wax nostalgic. Easy Rider brought back a lot of memories of both life and riding in the late 60’s and early to mid 70’s… some good, some bad. The period music was great, and contrary to a lot of the so-called music today actually said something, with meaning, and complimented the scene(s) it was played with. Whoever chose the specific locations for filming did great!  A significant amount of beautiful scenery, iconic old towns, even shanty areas accurately depicted the era. The desert ruins were **exactly** like the ones I remember on a ride through west Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona on US-90 and US-60/70 during the 70’s, and the “old-fashioned” store fronts were what I grew up with in a small town. Even the depiction of a commune, something that was common during that era, fit neatly into the overall theme. “Back then” there was virtually no visible pollution and plenty of crystal clear skies. Riding was often a pleasure with little traffic and gorgeous views in most places.

Unfortunately there were also “accepted” drawbacks during that time period, especially for bikers, which the movie depicted rather well. The diner scene showed both a budding fascination with bikers, especially among young people who had been taught strict, sometimes Puritanical, “core values” from an early age, and the prevailing prejudice against anyone who was different to an area’s “norm”, especially if they had long hair. The general public didn’t understand a person’s need for individual freedom as was quite accurately explained in Jack Nicholson’s freedom speech to Dennis Hopper. Most people thought you were out-of-sync to want something other than the status-quo, either in appearance or attitude, and were considered a truly bad person should you actually pursue your own version of personal freedom like riding a motorcycle whether it be locally or God-forbid cross-country. Bikers were all considered as “outlaws” on sight and were seldom given the chance to prove otherwise.

The television show “Then Came Bronson”, which came out at approximately the same time as “Easy Rider”, attempted to correct this stereotype by showing a lone biker trying to influence people’s lives for change/good, and is the primary catalyst that caused me to fall in love with both motorcycles and the open road. Of course “Easy Rider” solidified this desire. 🙂 As the movie showed, it was often difficult for a biker to even get a motel room, one reason I often chose to find a nice tucked away spot most nights when on the road. Getting a room just wasn’t worth the hassle **and** the worry of what might happen to your bike once you fell asleep. Fortunately the general public’s acceptance of bikers has significantly improved over the years. Now a biker is often the subject of fascination and (good) envy. I can’t count the number of times in the past few years that (non-biker) people have struck up starry-eyed conversations with me at gas stations and diners, much like the one held at a traffic light during the “Then Came Bronson” opening credits, when I’m traveling on my bike. Those conversations usually end with my saying something like, “Well, you ought to try it. I bet you’d love it.”

In closing I must say I wish the end of the movie had been different, and heard comments from those around me expressing the same opinion as I was preparing to leave… in different words of course. No, I’m not going to spoil the ending for you by elaborating in case you haven’t yet seen this iconic movie. You’ll just have to find that out for yourself.

I sincerely hope Cowboy HD makes ride-in movies a somewhat regular occurrence in the future. 🙂