Spotlight Events for April

Road March for Warriors Benefit Bike Ride

The Road March for Warriors and the University of Tennessee Army ROTC Ranger Company are presenting the 2nd Annual Mountain Man March in Gatlinburg, Tenn. This two-day event is a tribute for all service members who have died in action, with a marathon-length (26.2 miles) and half-marathon (13.1 miles) Mountain Man March and a benefit ride. All proceeds go to benefit the UT ROTC Ranger Company, the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial Association, and the National Guard Family Readiness Support Group of East Tennessee.

The ride will begin in Gatlinburg after the marchers have stepped off and will feature a ride through the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and a BBQ lunch at the Maryville Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson. The group will then continue back to Gatlinburg in time to welcome the participants of the Mountain Man March across the finish line. Teams representing military and civilian groups from across the country are scheduled to participate in this grueling event.

Registration for the march begins on Friday, April 3 at 1 p.m. at the Gatlinburg Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson; registration for the benefit ride is on Saturday, April 3 at 8 a.m. at the Gatlinburg Welcome Center. (Registration is $15 per rider and $10 per co-rider; it includes a commemorative dog tag, shirt, and the BBQ lunch.) Southern rock band Milkbone will perform a free live concert at Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies at 8 p.m. on Friday.

Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4, all day • Gatlinburg • For more info, visit www.roadmarchforwarriors.com or www.mountainmanmarch.com

2009 "Bikers United" Bike Blessing

March 28 (rain date April 4), Chilhowee Park [3301 E Magnolia Ave., Knoxville]. All bikers welcome to receive blessings for a safe 2009 riding season. Meet and greet at 9-11 a.m., blessing at 11 a.m.-noon, ride at noon-2 p.m., chill and grill starting at 2 p.m. After-party at Phatz Sports Bar [3920 Ashville Hwy., Knoxville] starting at 10 p.m., sponsored by Ruff Ryders, $5 with colors.

Homecoming 2009

March 28-29, Crossville, Tenn. This Vietnam Veterans Day celebration begins with a parade led by a motorcycle formation. Bikes assemble at 8 a.m. at Crossroads Drive at Believers Fellowship Church off of I-40 on Route 127 North, and lead the parade down the Avenue of the Flags at 9:45 a.m. Attractions include live entertainment, food, and vendors. For more info, e-mail dsdunham@citlink.net or visit www.ccvietnamvets.com. Time Warp Vintage Swap Meet, March 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at Time Warp Tea Room [1209 N. Central St., 865-524-1155]. Start your search here for vintage motorcycles, parts, accessories, and memorabilia. Admission is free for buyers and sellers. For more info, visit www.timewarpvmc.org.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Blount County Ride

April 11. For more information call 323-5518, visit www.dixieiron.com, or e-mail bilkil60@yahoo.com.

Taylors Poker Run

April 11. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. For more information contact Melanie, 423-505-3165, Elizabeth at 423-559-1674, or Kathy at 423-423-5383. Visit www.motorcycleevents.com or e-mail ekalabus@aol.com.

Easter Egg Hunt

April 11 (6-8 p.m.) and April 12 (2-6 p.m.), at Bobarosa Saloon [2299 E. Hwy 25/70, Del Rio, Tenn., 423-613-9139]. Come and find eggs filled with prices and cash. Visit www.bobarosasaloon.com.

8th Annual Crossroads Open Rod Run

April 11 (rain date April 18), Blackoak Plaza at Kroger, Halls Crossroads, Tenn. This fund-raiser for the Halls High School Band is open to cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Registration is 9 a.m. to noon; judging starts at 12:30 p.m and awards are at 4 p.m.

Kawasaki 2009 Knee Draggers Ball

April 18, 6 p.m.-11 p.m., at Alcoa Good Times [2019 Topside Rd., Louisville, Tenn., 865-981-4444]. Events include a 50 cc timed cone course, burnout contest, Miss Budweiser 2009 finalists, and Kawasaki Ninja 250 giveaway (must be present to win). Register at www.alcoagoodtimes.com.

The Slate Creek Adventure Ride

April 18-19. The ride's registration and start will be at 261 Talley Hollow Road, Bybee, Tenn. Registration is at 4-6 p.m. on Friday, April 17 and Saturday and Sunday from 7-9 a.m. The entry fee is $90 and covers both days' rides and a meal each day. AMA membership is required. The rides will cover different routes in East Tennessee and Western North Carolina each day. For more info, visit www.volunteerriders.com.

Can-Am Grand National Cross Country Racing Series 2009

April 18-19, Loretta Lynn's Ranch [44 Hurricane Mills Road, Hurricane Mills, 931-296-7700]. For more information call 304-284-0084, visit www.gnccracing.com, or e-mail info@gnccracing.com.

Biker Rags Swap Meet

April 19, 12-4 p.m. at Biker Rags [10609 Kingston Pike, 865-693-5808]. Buy, sell, or trade your bikes, leathers, parts, and accessories—or find some great deals for yourself. Everyone welcome. No fee to set up; just bring a table and grab a spot. The next swap meet will be May 24, if you can't make it to this one. For more info, visit www.bikerrags.com.

7th Annual Blessing of the Bikes

April 18-19, by Bond Slaves at Bobarosa Saloon [2299 E. Hwy 25/70, Del Rio, Tenn., 423-613-9139]. Live entertainment, free food, raffles, and more. Visit www.bobarosasaloon.com

Third Annual Coast in for Autism

April 19,at Biker Rags [10609 Kingston Pike, 865-693-5808], registration at 11 a.m., the ride leaves at 2 p.m. The fees are $20 per rider or $30 for a double. The fee includes a T-shirt, patch, and a raffle ticket. The ride will end at Coyote Joe's with a live band. This benefits the Autism Society of America. For more info, contact Danny Huffaker at 865-660-8413 or Jayme Beeler at 865-705-0135.

Spring Fling (TN GWRRA) Rally

April 23-25, at the Grand Majestic Theatre [125 Music Mountain Drive, Pigeon Forge]. Registration must be postmarked by April 10. Visit www.tngwrra.org for more information or to register.

2009 Coal Creek OHV Area Spring Jamboree

April 23-26, at Coal Creek OHV Area [555 Windrock Park Ln., Oliver Springs, Tenn., 865-435-1251]. Presented by the Windrock ATV Club, this jamboree features guided rides, a poker run, sled pull, mud bog, rock crawl, and drag and trail races. For registration prices and more info, visit www.windrockatv.com.

Springfest '09 at Cedar Pond

April 25, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., at Cedar Pond Farms [1355 Collins Road, New Market]. This family festival will include crafts, food, fishing, and live music from New Shade of Blue, Adler & Hearne, Lost Creek, and Boys Night Out. Ticket prices range from $5 for children to $20 VIP. For tickets and info, call 865-567-6944, e-mail kmarkhavely@charter.net, or visit www.salvageunlimited.com.