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Cave Spring gears up for 2-day motorcycle rally

2013 Cave Spring Motorcycle Rally

Thomas Pullian of Royston (right) and Daniel Herbert of Gillsville look over a line of motorcycles at the first annual Cave Spring Motorcycle Rally on Davis Road in Cave Spring, July 27, 2013. (Brittany Hannah/RN-T)

Brittany Hannah

More than a thousand riders are expected to cruise into Cave Spring this week for a two-day motorcycle rally filled with games, camping, music, food and friendly competitions.

The second annual Cave Spring Motorcycle Rally will take place on the Holt property near Big Cedar Creek, 100 Davis Road.

Sandra Lindsey, director of the Cave Spring Downtown Development Authority, said Sunday that organizers have been working to prepare the field — just three miles from the city limits — for the DDA’s fundraising event.

“We’ve been down here all day with bush hogs, cleaning up the brush,” said Lindsey. “It looks absolutely beautiful.”

Gates will open Friday at noon and at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Tickets are $10 for Friday admission, $20 for Saturday and $25 for both days.

Overnight camping for both days is also available — $5 for tents and $20 for recreational vehicles.

Lindsey said organizers added a second day to the rally this year to squeeze in more events for motorcycle enthusiasts.

An onsite food court will offer food and drinks from about a dozen merchants, and a vendor village will feature arts and crafts and motorcycle apparel and accessories.

Seven bands are slated to play over the course of the two days.

“It’s a pretty good selection of different types of music,” said Lindsey. “Friday night is Rockabilly and Country, and Saturday night is Southern Rock, ’80s Rock and good old classic Rock-and-Roll. They’re all great bands.”

Competitions on Saturday start with a 10:30 a.m. poker run into Alabama. The entry fee for the 80-mile run is $15 and the winner takes home half the pot. Registration starts at 9 a.m.

Registration for the bike show starts at 2 p.m. and judging is at 4 p.m. Lindsey said trophies will be handed out for the nicest custom, stock and vintage or rat bikes and the Best in Show also will get a cash prize.

Following the bike show is a new competition — the Boots N Daisy Dukes beauty contest. Women in short shorts and cowboy boots will compete in three age groups. Registration is from 3 to 5 p.m. and the entry fee is $10.

Lindsey said proceeds from the event will go toward the Cave Spring Welcome Center & Museum as well as city promotion campaigns.

The one-day rally last year brought over 1,300 people on 700 motorcycles and raised more than $10,000. for the DDA.

With the addition of a second day, Lindsey expects an even higher attendance this year. “We’d love to double that,” said Lindsey.

“We’re got a lot of wonderful feedback so far about the event this year, and if the weather’s pretty, it’s going to be unbelievable.”