Schedule of events
For more information on individual events, see the Big Bend Bike Rally website, www.bigbendbikerally.com
Gates Open at 8 a.m.
CKMC Lab Fair, 8-10 a.m.
Opening Ceremonies, 10 a.m.
DynoJet Dynamometer, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Run What Ya Brung Drag Strip Races, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Parade Ride, 10:30 a.m.
CPI’s Relay for Life Car Show, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Beer Garden, noon to midnight
Stunt Rider Performances, noon & 2 p.m.
Battle of the Bands Competition, 1-5 p.m.
Top Alcohol Car Exhibitions, 2:15 p.m. & 4:45 p.m.
Bike Games, 3 p.m.
Nostalgic Car Races, 5-7 p.m.
Award Ceremony/Cash Giveaways, 7:30 p.m.
Live Entertainment featuring Battle of the Bands Winner, 8 p.m.
Live Entertainment featuring Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, 8:30-11:30 p.m.
Vendor Displays Open, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; some merchandise available until 10 p.m.
Food Court Open, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
When the organizers of a car show to benefit Relay for Life realized their fundraiser was the same weekend as the Big Bend Bike Rally, they decided to take their event where the crowd would be. So, people who attend the motorcycle rally this Saturday at the Great Bend Expo will also get to see some classic cars, said Valerie Locke at CPI Qualified Plan Consultants.
CPI’s fourth-annual car show runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the Expo II building, with some of those cars drag racing later that evening. Admission to the Expo grounds requires a $15 wristband, the price of full admission to the Big Bend Bike Rally. Gates open at 8 a.m. and the bike rally will continue until midnight.
Anyone may enter a vehicle — including trucks and motorcycles — into the car show for a $15 donation to Barton County Relay for Life. Money raised at RFL events goes to the American Cancer Society. There’s still time to pre-register entries at the discounted price of $10, said Locke, who is coordinating the RFL event. Each car show entrant will receive gifts worth more than their $10 donation, including two complimentary meal tickets for the "Shuckers" food vendor at the rally. Participants will need to pay the gate admission that allows them to enjoy all of the Bike Rally activities.
This year’s car show entries will be judged on the top 20 cars overall. Winners will also be selected for Ugliest Car, People’s Choice, Mayor’s Choice, RFL Co-chairman Shannon Wittig’s Choice, and the top three motorcycles.
Opportunities to donate to Relay for Life and to win raffle prizes will be available at the car show. For more information or to register for the show, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Locke at 620-793-8473, ext. 471. The registration form may also be downloaded from the Bike Rally website: www.bigbendbikerally.com.
CPI Qualified Plan Consultants will be sponsoring nostalgic car races from 5-7 p.m. at the Big Bend Bike Rally. Cars can register to race in a heads-up bracket on the S.R.C.A. dragstrip. All proceeds from this event will go to Relay for Life, benefitting the American Cancer Society. Registration will be available on the day of the event with a $15 donation to Relay for Life.