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Bikers expected to rumble into Memorial Day rally
Jonathan Schwab - Mail Staff Writer
About 3,500 motorcyclists are expected at the fourth annual Fallen Bikers Memorial Rally Friday through Sunday at Chaffee County Fairgrounds in Poncha Springs.
Unlike last year when the rally had events at the fairgrounds and in Salida, it will take place only at the fairgrounds.
Event organizer Elaine Allemang said there is enough going on with Bluegrass on the Arkansas Sunday and other Memorial Day weekend events in Salida, so keeping the rally at the fairgrounds will cause fewer disruptions in the city.
The rally was first held in May 2005 honoring two of Allemang's friends, Les "Dancer" Walker and Timothy Serles who died in a motorcycle wreck in New Mexico in May 2004. It honors all members of the motorcycling family who have lost their lives.
"It's always fun," Allemang said. "It's a good group of people."
She said police officers will attend the event but, "we have never had any problems."
The rally will start at 2 p.m. Friday with opening of the beer garden and food and motorcycle accessory sales.
Admission will be $10 Friday and Saturday and free after 3 p.m. Sunday. All profits will benefit fallen bikers. Gates will open at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Allemang said many participants are looking forward to evening concerts at the rally.
The concerts will begin at 5 p.m. with the "Peaceful Warriors," followed by "Avant Garage" at 7 p.m. and "Dude Suite" at 9 p.m.
Bands playing Saturday and Sunday will be "Dick's Little Big Band," "Money Shot," "Free Jam Society," and the "Fractures."
Allemang said she would "love" to have the people from Salida at the Salute to Veterans at 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the Community Building at the fairgrounds. The salute will include a performance by bagpipers called the "Highlanders."
A new event will be a series of Texas Hold 'Em games at 5 p.m. Saturday. No money will be involved in the games which will be "just for fun," Allemang said.
There will be a hog roast from 4-5 p.m. Saturday.
Two events Allemang said will be "gobs of fun" are the bike rodeo at 3 p.m. Saturday and tattoo contests for adults and children at 1 p.m. Sunday.
She said the tattoo contest is one way to make the rally "family friendly."
Tattoo awards will be at 4:30 p.m. Sunday and motorcycle show awards will be at 5 p.m.
More information and a schedule of events is at www.memorialrally.com
or by calling Allemang at 239-1580.