By Bryant Million: Freedom Newspapers
As many as 300 bikers are expected to rumble into Clovis this weekend for the Badlands Motorcycle Rally organized by High Plains Harley-Davidson.
The rally, in its fifth year, will offer games, food and live music for the community and visiting motorcycle enthusiasts Friday and Saturday at the Clovis Civic Center. Tickets are $10 in advance at HPHD or $15 at the gate.
Sarah Zufelt, HPHD general manager, said she expects bikers to convene on Clovis from all over the state and even from Texas and Oklahoma.
“Usually about 40 percent of the participants come from over 110 miles away,” Zufelt said. “That’s why the Chamber of Commerce has partnered with us because the event helps draw so many people to Clovis.”
Liz Eisenbraun, special events coordinator at the Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, said because the area has no mountains or lakes as attractions, the city needs events like the rally to attract tourists.
“The motorcycling sport has an extremely diverse demographic, but the bikers do have a common ground — motorcycles,” Zufelt said. “The rally will give them a chance to renew friendships, participate in fun and games, see a motocross stunt show and show off their vehicles in a car and motorcycle show.”
“It’s a great local rally because you don’t have to drive far to get there and there is so much to do,” said Mike Hamilton, who has attended the rally for four years. “It’s a good thing for the town because there is something out there for everyone.”
There will be a “Kickstart” party on Friday to start the rally off. Zufelt said there will be about 20 merchandise vendors, and a wide variety of food and concessions. There will be live music and entertainment throughout the rally, including the Fun Brothers.
Zufelt said new this year will be the freestyle motocross stunt shows. There will be five 30-minute stunt jump demonstrations on dirt bikes throughout Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. The events will be followed by meet-and-greet sessions so people can ask the stunt bikers questions, she said.
Eisenbraun said the motocross events should draw more crowds this year because they appeal to both children and adults.
There will be a custom motorcycle show where participants will have a chance to show off their bikes and converse with fellow bike owners. There will also be a car show, held by the Desert Cruiser Car Club, during the rally.
Entrance to the rally includes the bike and car show.
Motorcycle events will be held Saturday including a poker run, long and short observation rides, and biker games.
The longer observation ride will last about an hour and a half and will involve a bike cruise that will go as far away as Caprock and San Jon. The more local shorter ride in the Clovis and Portales area will last about 45 minutes.
The biker games will be a challenging obstacle course that will test the skills of the participating bike riders.
Zufelt said prizes awarded for the biker games and rides will include a set of motorcycle tires, a $500 shopping spree and other items donated by several businesses.