Spotlight Events for June

1st Annual Rally at the Strip

English Mountain Dragstrip in Newport is the location for a new, three-and-a-half-day motorcycle rally, which means it’s got something no other rally can claim: namely, a dragstrip. Participants can make timed runs on their own motorcycle on the dragstrip. Anyone whose bike and gear passes the safety inspection can race their buddy, or just make a pass on their own.

But that’s not all. Another unheard-of attraction is the 3,900 square foot, drive-thru biker pub that will feature food, beverages, and live music. There will also be a battle of the bands on Thursday and Friday nights, with the winner opening for headliner Geneva. Outside entertainment includes a burn-out contest that will pay cash prizes, as well as different biker games throughout the rally.

Event organizer Glen Almany, who was raised on the property next to the drag strip, has dreamed for years of putting on such an event. “We intend for this to be a premier event for the area for years to come,” he says.

Rally at the Strip, June 4-7 at English Mountain Dragstrip [1323 Lewis Road, Newport]. Gates open at 3 p.m. on June 4. Admission is $35, and parking and showers are free. For more information, call 865-322-2449 or visit www.rallyatthestrip.com.

Southeastern S.O.C. Spring Rally

May 31- June 6 at the Doubletree Hotel [211 Mockingbird Lane, Johnson City]. The rally begins at 8 a.m. The registration is free. There will be rides and events each day. For more information, visit www.suzukiownersclub.org.

Smoky Valley Rally

June 4-7 at Loudon Municipal Park [1470 Roberson Springs Road, Loudon]. Gates open each day at 8:30 a.m. Admission is $10 a day or $25 for the full four days. There will be live music, food, demonstrations, contests and vendors. For more information, visit www.loudonparks.com.

Tellico Biker Rally

June 5-7 in Tellico Plains [801 Steer Creek Rd.]. Tickets are $20 ahead of time or $30 at the door. This event will include a wet T-shirt contest, biker games, a burn-out contest and a bike show. For more information on the events and ticketing, visit www.tellicobikerrally.com.

First Annual Porker Run

June 6 (rain date: June 13) at the Homewood Residence at Deane Hill [401 Catherine McAuley Way, 690-4070]. Registration time is 9-10 a.m.; ride out time is 10:30 a.m. All bikers are welcome. Participation fee is $20 single and $30 double, and $10 for each additional hand. Free T-shirts will be given to the first 100 registrants. All proceeds will benefit the Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk. The Porker Run will feature cash and other prizes for “Best Hand” and “Worst Hand.” Barbecue fare and beverages will be available. Highlights include live bands, including Meg N Dredd, and a live auction.

Bikini Bike Wash

June 6 at 411 Biker Depot [107 Nicole Court, Maryville, 865-233-3823]. Have your bike washed from 1-3 p.m. at 411 Biker Depot while you browse their wide selection of specialty items.

Ride to Cure Juvenile Diabetes

June 13 at Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson & Buell [1820 W. Lamar Alexander Pky., Maryville, 977-1669]. Registration starts at 11 a.m., and the ride begins at 1 p.m. The event is $25 per rider and $15 per passenger. This includes a T-shirt, the ride, dinner, and the Shed concert. For more information, contact Terry Jenkins at 865-806-1271 or Tara Onks at 865-980-0816.

First Annual Bikers for Vets Poker Run

June 13 at VFW Post 5146 [706 Congress Parkway N., Athens, 423-745-8387]. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., and the first bike out will be at noon. The ride will end at the Log Cabin Bar [Benton, 865-458-2465]. The registration fees include $25 per rider and $10 per passenger, which includes the first hand and flags. Each additional hand is $5. All proceeds go toward a new veteran’s facility for the Southeast in McMinn County.

Feel the Heat Firefighter Rally

June 17-21 at the Smoky Mountain Resort Convention Center [410 Parkway, Pigeon Forge]. This event includes multiple runs, vendors and more. Pre-register online at www.greatsmokymountainbikeweek.com or by calling 865-774-4981.

Junebug Boogie Motorcycle Rally

June 18-21 at 115 Waterloo Road, Cookeville. Gates open at 7 a.m. on June 18. Admission is $30 for the 4-day event. This even is 21 and up, and ID is required. There will be a bike show, contests for men and women, bike games, live shows and free camping. Musical guests include the Scott Collier Band, Ralph Roberts Revue Band and more. For more information, call 931-498-2250 or visit www.junebugboogie.com.

Second Annual Baby Mackenzie Ride

June 20 (rescheduled), at 411 Biker Depot [107 Nicole Court, Maryville]. Registration begins at 9 a.m., ride begins at 11 a.m., and the return will be around 1 p.m. A $10 donation is appreciated, but not required and a T-shirt will be given with each registration. A full buffet, provided by Big Daddy’s Grill, will be available after the ride. Jeff Ward of Smoky Mountain Ironhorse will be showing his custom chopper motorcycles. There will be chances to win door prizes as well and the money goes toward raising awareness of childhood cancer. For more info, go to www.babymackenzie.org.

Bill Jr Memorial Ride

June 20, at Tommy’s Motorsports in Clinton. Registration is at 10:30 a.m., KSU is 12:00 p.m. Cost: $10 per bike. Sponsored by the Eternal Riders Motorcycle Ministry. For more info, go to www.eternalriders.net.

Motorcycle Collection Public Auction Sale

June 25 at 1114 Galloway Street, Columbia. Auction begins at 9 a.m., inspection is Wednesday, June 24 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be over 387 antique and classic motorcycles to be sold at no reserve. For more information, call 978-939- 2309, or go to www.jwoodandcompany.com.

Grainger County Human Society Fifth Annual Paws and Claws Ride & Rally

June 27 at Colboch Harley Davidson [1830 N. Davy Crockett Parkway, Morristown, 423-586-5343]. All proceeds from the Paws and Claws Ride and Rally go to the Grainger County Humane Society, a non-profit organization. Gate opens at 9:30 a.m., and bikes will leave by 11 a.m. Pre-register to receive a free T-shirt, tank or pin while supplies last. The day’s events include a bike scavenger hunt and a ride touring Grainger County, as well as prizes, food, booths, and live music. For more information, call 865-567-0050, 423-586-5343, or e-mail timssquaw(at)hotmail(dot)com.

Rumble On The Mountain

June 27 at Court House Square [415 North Kingston Street, Wartburg]. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. and the ride begins at 12:30 p.m. Registration fee is $25 (passenger fee is $10) and includes one meal ticket, commemorative T-shirt, one prize drawing ticket, and a guided ride. If you pre-register by June 15, you may receive extra prize drawing tickets. This benefits the Morgan County Fire and Rescue Association. Musical guests include Tiffany Young Trio, Slippery Rock, Flying Turnips, Junction South, and The Joel Alan Lehman Band. Contact Linda Brooks Jones at 423-628-5252 for more information.

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