by Jennifer Bowman
Apr 17, 2013 – 1:03 PM
Gravenhurst to host first annual motorcycle rally July 19
Gravenhurst will host the first annual Muskoka Motorcycle Rally this summer from July 19-20 on the Gravenhurst Wharf. Thousands of motorcycles will file into Gravenhurst’s wharf this summer for the first Muskoka Motorcycle Rally. Organizers are hoping the two-day motorcycle rally will become an annual event, bringing vendors and motorcyclists to Gravenhurst.
Rebecca Chisholm, public relations with the Muskoka Motorcycle Rally, said many people already come to Gravenhurst on their motorcycles, comparing the event to the Antique Boat Show and Ribfest. “Gravenhurst was chosen because of its beautiful location, popularity as a bike-riding destination and perfect venue for hosting an event of this kind,” Chisholm said in an email.
The two-day event opens on Friday, July 19 as a scaled-down version of similar rallies such as Daytona Bike Week and Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Chisholm said they anticipate about 3,000 motorcycles attending the event on Friday and 5,000 on Saturday.
Activities will include a Police Motorcycle Skills Demonstration and a Motorcycle Stunt Show and demo rides by Harley-Davidson and Yamaha. The soccer fields by the wharf will be used for vendors, live bands, and food and beverage vendors.
Bobby Genovese, a local cottage owner, will have Miss Canada III on display and will also provide shows in the bay over the two-day event.
The Carpet Frogs will headline Friday night’s live music, and the day will close with a sunset cruise on Wenonah II.
Saturday will begin with a pancake breakfast followed by many of the same events as Friday. Mayor Paisley Donaldson will lead a Mayor’s Ride around the area on Saturday afternoon.
Proceeds from the weekend’s events will go to Rethink Breast Cancer.
All parking in the wharf area will be designated for motorcycles — cruisers and sport bikes — with a mandatory two motorcycles per parking spot. Parking opens at 8 a.m. Friday morning, with activities finishing at 8 p.m. each day to avoid disturbing home and cottage owners and to encourage business in town in the evening.
The event is open to everyone free of charge; shuttle buses will be provided to transport people to and from off-site areas.
The local motorcycle club, Muskoka Thunder Motorcycle Club, will operate a coat check where attendees can safely check their leather jackets and helmets.
For more information visit muskokarally.com