Yuma to host Arizona State Harley-Davidson Owner's Group Rally
Yuma is the proud new home of the annual Arizona State Harley-Davidson Owner's Group Rally.
The HOG Rally had been hosted in Williams for the past three years, but due to a decline in participants there, event organizers chose to have Yuma host the next event. There were half as many motorcyclists during the most recent rally in June as compared to rallies in 2010 and 2011.
“I think people wanted some change. Our intention was to bring the riders something new,” said Jon Pitts, Yuma Harley Owner's Group activities officer.
“We did a lot of research and talked to the local businesses who are really ready to jump on board. Obviously Yuma has a lot of things to offer.”
The rally, set for October 2013 in Yuma, will be a boon for area businesses, Pitts added.
“The good thing about this is we are going to bring revenue to the hotel motel association, all the restaurants and the local businesses here. The focus is designed to bring extra revenues to the city of Yuma.”
Event organizers hope to see at least 1,200 motorcyclists from Arizona, California, Nevada and New Mexico participate in the Yuma rally.
“We really want to make this big,” Pitts said.
The Yuma HOG is working with the city of Yuma, the Yuma County Chamber of Commerce, the Yuma Visitors Bureau, and other entities to prepare for the rally.
Yuma already has experience hosting large events for bikers too, such as the annual Yuma Prison Run, Pitts added.
“We thought this was the place to host another good event, and probably more people will attend this than the Prison Run. I really think this can be a lot of fun.”
The Yuma HOG is still in the preliminary phase of planning for the event and would like any businesses or organizations wanting to get involved to contact them.
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