Laura Simmons is the rally’s Executive Director and is very pleased with how things went this year, despite another weekend of cold weather.
“It’s funny, normally it’s warm, but last year was freezing, and again this year, apart from Sunday. People still came out!” said Simmons.
“That just goes to show how committed people are to this rally.”
Bringing in brand new events
This year was a bit different as it mixed regular events with new – a sign the rally is set to innovate and shake things up.
“We’ve got the rally down pat, so it’s a natural move to look at ways we can add new components,” said Simmons.
The major components added this year were the Urias Family Globe of Death, several seminars on topics relating to motorcycles and the electronic 50/50 ticketing system.
Of all of these, the only one to have slight issues was the e-ticketing, due to a connectivity issue.
“We switched from a wireless connection to a landed one, and that fixed it right away. We still saw a great number for 50/50 this year,” said Simmons.
The winner was Ed Voogt, who travelled all the way from Ontario and bought his ticket during the last hour of sales. His winning total was $26,732.50.
Rally vice chairman John Bartlett agreed that these events were well put together and well received.
He also added he felt the music this year hit a high note.
“We spent a decent amount on entertainment this year, and it really showed,” said Bartlett.
“Matt Minglewood, as always, was fantastic, and locals like the Bob Marshall and the Basin Street Blues Band were also really great.”
A hard tally for the total number of people who came isn’t in yet. Despite feeling numbers were low Sunday, Bartlett is confident numbers this year were where they should be.
“It takes longer than people think for the numbers to come in. We have to wait for remote site data, highway counters, and registration information to be input into the system and counted,” he said.
Bartlett also wanted to recognize the several hundred volunteers who help make the rally possible year after year.
“Without our volunteers, many of whom are seniors, this just couldn’t happen,” he said.
“People really give up a lot once per year for this rally, and we really appreciate it.”
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