Poor planning made rally a bust
I can honestly say that the Arizona State HOG Rally was a TOTAL BUST thanks to the City of Yuma’s total lack of planning and marketing of this event! What was supposed to be an event with an estimated 20 to 30 thousand people turned out to be about 500 people at best due to the worst planning I have ever heard of.
Instead of keeping the majority of the event in one place, the city decided to plan events spread out all over Yuma which, instead of helping the people that paid to sponsor as well as be a part of this event, caused all of us to take a HUGE financial loss due to poor turnout and participation.
There was a block party on Main Street in downtown Yuma for all three days that about 80 percent of the people I personally talked to didn’t even know was going on. There was a bike rodeo on Saturday afternoon at the Yuma County Fairgrounds, completely on the other side of town.
And on Saturday night, there was a concert at the Quartermaster Depot, again completely on the other side of town from the fairgrounds. Very little, if any, of these events were advertised well enough for people to even know it was happening.
A little clue to all of you planners that set this event up....Bikers like to drink and have a party in ONE place. All of these venues had beer for sale. It’s obvious that drinking and driving don’t mix and the way this was planned out was in a way promoting drinking and driving. All this riding back and forth across town made it impossible for them to actually find one place to have a good time.
I believe the city personnel should’ve planned this to be a one-stop shop by having a place like the Yuma County Fairgrounds host this event throughout the three days. How are the vendors who were downtown supposed to make sales to people at the fairgrounds and Quartermaster Depot?
Of course NO rally would be complete without a bike run, but making the bikers go from one side of town to the other and then back again for these poorly managed events does not qualify as a bike run.
The city personnel should’ve maybe even thought about a biker parade with a show and shine to give them a way to show off their beautiful iron horses. It also would’ve been an excellent time to give thanks to those that are veterans, which a HUGE number of bikers are.
Thanks to what I believe was too many hands in the kettle, you can bet the State of Arizona Harley Owners Group WILL NOT be spending their money or time in Yuma ever again. This could’ve been an annual event if done right, but this was a total bust that will be talked about in the biker community for years to come.
Jeffrey A. Stoner