News Item: (CAN) Wasaga motorcycle rally enticed to come back for fifth year
(Category: Biker News)
Posted by ace
Tuesday 04 September 2018 - 22:56:31

The Wasaga Beach Motorcycle Rally may not be roaring out of town after all.

Two weeks after a letter was presented to the town’s downtown management board from organizers indicating the 2018 event was the final one, town council has approved several conditions to draw the event back for a fifth year in 2019. The event will be held Aug. 17 to 19.

That includes closing down several streets in the beachfront area to just motorcycles, as well as closing off a single lane on either side of Main Street up to Stonebridge for motorcycle parking.

However, it will also come at a price to taxpayers. Wasaga Beach councillors, at their Aug. 28 meeting, approved a package for rally organizers that includes a $5,000 sponsorship, along with nearly $20,000 of in-kind services.

That includes providing the municipally-owned stage, tents, tables, and the event space.

“We’re keen to get the motorcycles to to return in 2019,” the town’s director of recreation and facilities, Chris Roos, told councillors at their Aug. 28 meeting.

Organizers will also be allowed to have food vendors within a fenced-in licensed area.

In her report to council, special events co-ordinator Angela Webster said the beachfront businesses had been surveyed on their views about the rally, and there was support for the event — especially as it will be the fifth, and expected to draw a large contingent of motorcycle enthusiasts.

The motion was approved unanimously. Coun. Ron Ego said he would support the motion for the municipality to be a sponsor for the fifth annual event, but wasn’t prepared to say yes to financial support in future years if the rally comes back to council.

Coun. Bonnie Smith also expressed a concern about bikers exhibiting ‘colours,’ or signs they were part of an organized motorcycle club. Municipal staff said that was an issue between event organizers and the OPP.

One of the vendors in recent years has been Route 81, which sells merchandise that supports the Hells Angels.

This year’s event attracted approximately 50,000 people, according to municipal staff.

Event organizer, Mike Dunphy, could not be reached for comment.

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