Wiseman Park will come alive on Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 21 with the rumbles of motorcycle engines and the high-pitched whine of dirt bikes and ATVs as the Lynchburg Saloon and Lynchburg Outdoors hosts the 13th annual Lynchburg Motorcycle Rally.
Event organizer Pat Bedford, owner of Lynchburg Saloon, said he expects “several thousand” people here on June 21.
“Everything is on schedule,” he said. “After doing it for 13 years it all falls into place. We have good support from local shop owners and from the distillery.”
Dirt will be flying on Saturday as the annual Grass Track Nationals will take to the specially designed race course near the old softball field in Wiseman Park.
There’s a guaranteed $500 purse on the line. Race officials offer the reminder that the Grass Track races are open to the public for entry. They invite anyone to bring their dirt bike or ATV and sign up. Sign-ups begin at noon on June 21, with practice scheduled from noon until 3 p.m. Races should get underway at 3:30 p.m.
There is a $10 gate fee, with children under age 2 admitted free.
“Another thing that’s new this year is that we are working with (local) non-profit groups,” said Bedford. “We give them the merchandise and they sell it on a consignment deal. They get to keep the profits and then just return the unsold merchandise when it’s over.”
Bedford said he believes that working with the non-profit groups can take the annual rally in a new direction.
“This is new and we kind of see this as the future of the rally,” he added. “We are working with the Boy Scouts, the Cub Scouts, the Girl Scouts and the (animal shelter).”
Bedford said anyone needing a ticket for the Grass Track Nationals can purchase one in advance from the Boy Scouts and the scouts get to keep half of the money from sold tickets
The Grass Track Nationals are just a part of the weekend lineup, which also includes vendor displays, a swap meet, a poker run and live music by the four-man rock band Grove Holler at noon on Saturday.
At 2 p.m. there is a bike show — 10 divisions with prizes for the top three in each division — followed by a biker dog show from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
All the while, there will be a live radio simulcast by the Kentucky-based Event Radio Productions online at <www.eventradiolive.com>.
For more information, call Lynchburg Saloon at (931) 759-5544.