WILLIAMSON –Appalachian Brotherhood Riding Club will be hosting the fifth annual Rally in the Valley event this weekend, June 3 – 5 in Williamson. The three day event will kick off Friday evening; vendors will begin setup at 3 p.m. and will open at 6 p.m.
As in previous years vendors will be set up along Second Avenue and also on Logan Street, these areas will be closed after 5 p.m. on Friday through 6 p.m. on Sunday evening during the hours of the rally. Also, Pike Street in front of Motor Alley Bar and Grill will be closed for bike parking. First Avenue will be passable during this time, although a stage will be set up for free live entertainment, which will be provided throughout the weekend. Raffles, 50/50 drawings and prize giveaways will take place each day.
Saturday’s events will begin with vendors opening at 10 a.m. Registration for the bike show sponsored by Motor Alley Bar and Grill is at 11 a.m. at Motor Alley Bar and Grill. At noon there will be a bikini bike wash, which will also be held at Motor Alley Bar and Grill. At 2:00 p.m. on the main stage a tattoo contest will be held, with male and female overall winners, this will be sponsored by Appalachian Brotherhood. At 3 p.m. judging of the bike show will take place at Motor Alley Bar and Grill, awards presentation will follow at 3:30 p.m. at the main stage. 4:00 will take event goers back to Motor Alley Bar and Grill for “bike games”, trophies will be awarded after the events at the main stage. The closing event on Saturday evening will be the Miss Rally in the Valley, sponsored by Tina Todd, owner of Just Teasin’, which will take place on the main stage at 6:00 p.m. Participants must be 18 years of age or older. Prizes include a $150.00 prize, a crown and a sash.
Events will wind down on Sunday and vendors will be opening at 10 a.m. Registration for Ride with the Shriners will begin at 11 a.m. at Motor Alley Bar and Grill, kick stands go up at 2 p.m. The ride will take participants through Williamson into Delbarton; from there they will go to Matewan, then crossing into Kentucky up Hwy 1056 across Hardy Mountain and back to Motor Alley Bar and Grill. Riders are expected to arrive back in town around 4 p.m. for a cookout and at 6:00 p.m. will be the closing of the rally.
Mike Vinson, President of the Club told the Williamson Daily News he is pleased with how the event has evolved in such a short amount of time. What started out with about 10 friends, who had ridden together for years, wanting to have a bike night and it has turned into a weekend event with upwards of 4,000 people in attendance. According to the group’s history and biography Appalachian Brotherhood Community Outreach Projects has helped raise funds in the past for local schools, Kentucky State Police Post 9 Shop with a Trooper program and also KSP’s Trooper Island, they host an annual Thanksgiving Dinner, even delivering dinners to those who are unable to get out. As well as donating over $9,000.00 to area families, for Christmas by way of food and gifts.
According to Vinson, sponsors for this year’s event are Appalachian Brotherhood, Motor Alley Bar and Grill, Mountain State Harley Davidson, Hatfield-McCoy Motorsports, George Poole, Paul Bevins, Diann Hannah, Josh Ferrell and Nathan Brown. Vendors include Tuff Girl Designs, Mt. State Harley Davidson, Tiff Candles, Kirkos, Mingo County Autism Association, Daddy’s Girls 2, Belfry Senior Citizens and Stone United Methodist Church to name a few. Shriners will also be on hand to sell chances on a 2016 Harley Davidson. Chances are $20 each and proceeds from ticket sells will benefit both the Shriners and the Appalachian Brotherhood Community Outreach.
Anyone wanting more information on this weekend’s upcoming events can go the group’s Facebook page Appalachian Brotherhood Community Outreach Projects.