2013 Rallies, Rides & Shows

Here are the events from last years past for reference:


Red Arrow Riders Double Elimination Pool Tournament
Date: Saturday, February 23rd 2013
Location: VFW Red Arrow Post 1527, 1920 East Kilgore Service Road, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
Time: Registration at 2 pm, tournament starts at 3 pm
Cost: $5.00 entry fee
Contact: (269) 349-7218 redarrowriders@yahoo.com
Website: http://kalamazoobiker.com/?page_id=13
Info: 1st place prixe is 50% of entry fees. 50/50 drawing. 16oz Domestic Drafts $2.00; food available.  View the flyer for the event HERE.


 40th Annual Kalamazoo Motorcycle Swap-Meet
Date: March 17th, 2013 at Wings Stadium
Location: 3600 Vanrick Drive, Kalamazoo MI
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Cost: $9.00 per adult, children under 12 free
Contact: 800.800.6034
Website: www.kalamazooswap.com
Info: Hosted by Paragon Promotions (Paragon Leather on Westnedge in Portage), www.paragonspromotion.com ; And yes that’s St. Patrick’s Day!!


Grand Rapids Motorcycle Swap Meet
Date: March 24th, 2013
Time: 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Deltaplex, 2500 Turner Ave. Northwest
Cost: $9 per adult, $2 children 6-12
Contact: 800.968.4242
Website: http://www.motorcycleswap.com/event-details/2009_02_08_detroit/default.php?id=13
Info: typical swap meet


Cadillac Motorcycle Swap Meet – 10th Annual
Date: March 30th, 2013
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Wexford Civic Center, 1320 North Mitchell Street, Cadillac, MI 49061
Cost: $6 per adult, Children 12 and under free
Contact: 800.800.6034
Website: http://www.cadillacswap.com/
Info: Hosted by Paragon Promotions, very similar to Kalamazoo swap meet


American Legion Riders Chili Cook-off
Date: Saturday, March 30th, 2013
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: American Legion Post 298, 228 M. 20th Street, Springfield, MI
Cost: $5
Contact: 269.580.0417
Info: Chili and Beer, what else is needed? Also featuring live bands with a lineup of: 4pm Prankster, 5pm Jimmy Klien Blues Band, 6pm Crossroads Blues Band, 7pm Whiskey Rhythm, 8pm Chameleon, 9pm Slytones, 10pm Alter Ego, 11pm Bosco-Gee Blues Band featuring Martila Sanders.  See the flyer HERE.


Hasting’s Motorcycle Swap Meet – 2nd Annual
Date: May 4th, 2013
Time: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Barry County Expo Center, 1350 North M-37 Highway, Hastings, MI 49058
Cost: $6 per adult, Children 12 and under free
Contact: 800.800.6034
Website: http://www.cadillacswap.com/
Info: Hosted by Paragon Promotions, very similar to Kalamazoo/Cadillac swap meet


41st Annual Blessing of the Bikes
Date:  May, 17 2013 – May 19th, 2013 (Actually blessing on Sunday May 19th, 2013)
Location:  Baldwin Municipal Airport, South M-37 Highway
Cost:  $5 donation per bike
Info:  The oldest and probably largest blessing in Michigan.  This small Northern Michigan town is all bikes for three days.  The airport where the blessing occurs is a mile or so south of Baldwin.  On Friday bars in the area get pretty full with live music, port-a-john drag races, events and more.  Also by Friday all the vendors will be set up as well.  There are a few spots for the vendors:  the largest amount is on Main Street in Baldwin with a few others by the airport and the rest in the parking lot of Houseman’s Grocery Store about a half-mile north form the Airport.  There is usually at least one poker run or two Saturday with one sponsored by the Am Vets.  This is one of my favorite rallies (Weather Permitting!)  The actually blessing is Sunday, May 19th at the airport and sponsored by the Para Dice Motorcycle Club.  Gates open at 9 am and depending on the turnout the event will commence around 2-3 pm.  It is not uncommon to have a wait starting on the main street and stretching a few miles.


Date:  May, 18, 2013
Location:  Ride leaves the Roadhouse grill in Paw Paw and heads to Michigan International Speedway where rides can ride their bike a few laps on the track.
Cost:  $35
Contact: (269) 655-1122
Info:  Great event, growing each year.  The $35 gets you 3-4 laps on the track (Depending on turnout)  and also admission to the Michigan Been and Wine Fest which is going on at the racetrack.  To register call Roadhouse at (269) 655-1122 or stop by the restaurant.


3rd Annual E.Z. Memorial Ride for Fallen Hero’s
Date: May 25th, 2013  (Rain date Sunday May 26th, 2013)
Time: Registration begins at 8:00 am kickstands up at 11:00 am
Location: Ride begins at Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Headquarters – 150 E. Crosstown Parkway, Kalamazoo, MI and ends at Nob Hill Bar & Grill at 4218 South Sprinkle Road, Kalamazoo, MI
Cost: $10 per person
Contact: 800.800.6034
Website: http://www.sonsofmalta.com/
Info: This is a great event in memory of local Kalamazoo Public Safety officer Eric Zapata who lost his life in the line of duty in 2011.  It’s Sponsored by the Sons of Malta. Registration fee includes admission to Nob Hill with live entertainment by Stolen Horses.  Drinks and food available for purchase at Nob Hill.  For more information see the flyer HERE or visit their Facebook page.


7th Annual Old Iron Bridge Motorcycle Show
Date: May 25th, 2013
Time: 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Downtown Akkegan – Locust Street
Cost: FREE
Contact: 800.800.6034
Website: http://www.oldironbridgemotorcycleshow.com/
Info: Fun event with first place for each class and overall Best of Show winner.  Pre-register your bike at their website.  This is a family friendly event with lots of vendors, door prizes, DJ with music and the Allegan Angels.
Review:  The old iron bridge is, well an old iron bridge with wooden bottom sections located in downtown Allegan.  If you’ve never been to Allegan before it’s a great place to ride to from almost any direction.  There are a couple nice biker friendly bars in town as well, in including the Iron Bridge Bar & Grill.


15th Annual Chick Run
Date: Saturday, June 1st, 2013
Time: Registration from 8:45-9:45 am, ride starts at 10:00 am sharp
Location: Dwight Lydell Park, 404 Leland Ave / 3943 W. River Dr NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49321
Cost: $15, proceeds benefit Our Hope Association
Contact: 616.822.5749, Deb Hoffman, ChickRunAssociation@YahooGroups.com
Website: http://www.chickrunassociation.com/
 Info: Women’s only ride that makes several stops along route for lunch and refreshments.  Proceeds going to http://ourhopeassociation.org/
For more information visit the website or see the flyer HERE


Sturgis 6th Annual Blessing of the Bikes
Date: Saturday, June 1st, 2013
Time: TBA – Waiting on firm time – PLEASE check back
Location: Hamilton Harley-Davidson 68951 White School Road, Sturgis, MI 49091
Cost: TBA Check back for details
Contact: 269.651.3424
Website: http://www.hamiltonharley-davidson.com/
Info:  More details TBA


Blessed In Hell
Date: Sunday, June 2nd, 2013
Time: Gates open at 10:30 am, blessing starts at 1:30 pm
Location: 10866 Cedar Lake Road, Pickney, Michigan 48169
$10, proceeds benefit ABATE Region 14
Contact: 313.407.4671, Cody
Website: http://www.abateregion14.com/pb/wp_5ba4498d/wp_5ba4498d.html
Swap meet Saturday, June 1st with local rides. Blessing on Sunday.
For more information visit the website or see the flyer HERE


Show and Poker Run to Benefit 303rd Military Police Company
Date: Saturday, June 8th, 2013
Time: Registration starts at noon; ride starts at 1 pm
Location: Ride starts at Perry Harley Davidson in Kalamazoo and ends at Planet Rock, 191 Angel Street, Battle Creek, MI
Cost: $25 singles, $30 double
Contact: 313.407.4671, Cody
Website: http://planetrockbc.com/ai1ec_event/otherwise-303-mp-co-warhammer-poker-run-benefit-2/?instance_id=494
Info: Poker run that ends at a great music venue in Battle Creek.  Concert features UnhingedOtherwiseTrust No OneUncommon Road and Model Citizen.  See the flyer HERE.


Mt. Zion Kalamazoo Motorcycle Parade & Blessing
Date: Saturday, June 8th, 2013
Time: Parade leaves at 10:30 am from Macy’s Parking Lot in the Crossroads Mall (Portage, MI)
Location: 10 miles police escorted parade ends at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in downtown Kalamazoo (120 Roberson Street) and blessing begins at 12:00 pm.
Cost: Free
Unknown (Check back for more details)
Contact: Dana – z9dnboyd@gmail.com
Website: http://www.mtzionkalamazoo.org
Info:  Blessing at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Downtown Kalamazoo.  Food, fun, door prices and vendors.


Hawgs for a Cause 2013 Cancer Center Ride
Date: Saturday, June 8th, 2013
Time: Ride leaves at 12:00 pm sharp. Registration starting May 1st at Barking Frog and on the day of from 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Location: The Barking Frog, 113 Canal Street, Augusta, MI 49012. Ride travels to Sandbar, Horn Creek & Casbar.  Ride returns to The Barking Frog for food, live music, raffles and fun.
Cost: $20 per person includes T-shirts (1st 250 entries) meal and door prizes
Contact: Donnie 269.806.8152, Terry 269.207.3172
Website: https://www.facebook.com/events/234582683346951/?ref=22
Info:  Nice ride with benefits supporting the caner center.


Vintage Motorcycle Ride
Date: Saturday, June 8th, 2013
Time: Registration from 9:00-10:00 am, ride starts at 10:00 am
Location: Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 Hickory Road, Hickory Corners, MI 49060
Cost: Ride is FREE
Contact: 269.671.5089 Gilmore Car Museum,
Website: http://gilmorecarmuseum.org/html/events_details.php?event_id=7&nav_id=5
Website: http://vjmc.org/calendar.shtml
Info: Ride is day before Vintage Motorcycle Show. Hosted by Vintage Japanese Motorcycle Club of North America. Ride is approximately 70 miles with a stop for lunch. Last year they had around 125 bikes participate.


Vintage Motorcycle Show
Date: Sunday, June 9th, 2013
Time: 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Gilmore Car Museum, 6865 Hickory Road, Hickory Corners, MI 49060
Cost: $10
Contact: 269.671.5089 Gilmore Car Museum,
Website: http://gilmorecarmuseum.org/html/events_details.php?event_id=7&nav_id=5
Info: Great event. If you’ve never been to the Gilmore Car Museum, it’s an awesome place. The pristine grounds are full of vintage motorcycles and the “track” is set up like a typical swap meet with food, parts and accessories vendors. The museum itself is open as well, so you can see the early motorcycle exhibit along with the rest. It gets VERY busy so if you really want to see the whole museum get there early. Be sure to check out the photos from last year’s event in the gallery.


Hartford Bike Weekend
Date: June 15th, 2013
Time: Gates open at 10 am and close at Midnight
Location: Van Buren County Fairgrounds, 55670 CR 681, Hartford, MI 49057
Cost: $10 adults, $5 children 5-11 years, Free for children under 5.
Contact: 269.420.3498
Website: https://www.facebook.com/#!/events/544083305609908/
Info: Day long event that features Bike Burn Out, Best Bike and Bikini Contest.  Live bands, including Second Season, Sargent Avenue, Wayland and featuring American Greed.  Times of bands and events TBA.  See the flyer HERE


1st Annual Warriors Ride – Sponsored by the Red Arrow Riders and the VFW Red Arrow Post 1527
Date: June 15th, 2013
Time: Registration at 11am, Kickstands Up at 1 pm
Location: VFW Red Arrow Post 1527, 1920 East Kilgore Service Road, Kalmazoo, MI
Cost: $10 per rider, $15 rider with passenger
Contact: 269.349.7218
Website: http://www.vfwwebcom.org/mi/post1527
Info: Typical ride featuring food and entertainment after the run.  More details to be announced.  All the proceeds of the ride benefit The Two Wheels for Warriors Bike Build Project.  See the flyer HERE


Thunder at the River
Date: June 22nd & 23rd, 2013
Time: Saturday Ride leaving at 12:00 pm and ends at 3:00 pm. Sunday Poker Run 12:00-2:00 pm
Location: Little River Resort Casino, 2700 Orchard Hwy, Manistee, MI
Cost: $25 per person suggested doantion. Includes free T-shirt if registered before May 31st and $10 in slot play at the casino
Contact: John Stocki – 231.477.5102 or stocki@hotmail.com
Website: http://thunderattheriver.com/
Info: Saturday escorted ride through beautiful Manistee.  Saturday ride runs 12:00 pm-3:00 pm. Pig roast 3:00pm-5:00pm with beer, prizes, bike show, Hooters girl bike wash, live band and silent auction.  Event proceeds benefit Rolling Thunder Michigan Chapter 1.  Sunday is a poker run from 12:00-2:00 pm.  For registration and more info visit their website.


3rd Annual Ride for the Homeless and Car Show
Date: June 22nd, 2013
Time: Registration at 10am, Kickstands Up at 2 pm
Location: Southwestern Michigan College (Dowagiac Campus) 58900 Cherry Grove Rd, Dowagiac, MI 49047
Cost: $15 per rider, $20 rider with passenger
Contact: Jeremy – 269.423.9450 or 269.252.9111 jweinrick@smcaa.com
Website: none
Info: Event will be held rain or shine. Family friendly, food vendors, raffle, DJ, dancing and bake sale.  Also features a Car Show at the location, $15 entry for car show.


Sturgis Fest
Date: June 26th – 29th, 2013
Time: Three days of bikes in Downtown Sturgis, MI
Location: Downtown Sturgis, Michigan
Cost: FREE to enter town
Contact: 269.651.3424
Website: http://www.sturgisfestmi.com/
Info: Heavily organized by Hamilton Harley-Davidson in Sturgis this 3 day event has different activities each day with the most going on Saturday. There are events at the Harley dealership and also in town. Check out their website for full details. Definitely worth a ride to go see.


Thunder on the Grand
Date: June 28th – 29th, 2013
Time: Two days of bikes and music at the Barry County Expo Center
Location: Barry County Expo Center (Hasting’s Fairgrounds) 1350 North M-37 HWY, Hastings, MI 49058
Cost: $20 for the weekend, free primitive camping; $10 for showers.  See camping details HERE.
Contact:  517.282.9846
Website: http://www.thunderonthegrand.com/  Facebook Page HERE
Info: All proceeds of the event benefit cancer research.  Friday June 28th – gates open at 9 am with events all day including a golf cart/motorcycle costume parade and live music.  Saturday June 29th – 11 am Motorcycle Show, Seats and Saddles Competition, Diva Bike Show, Tattoo Contest, Tug-O-War, Biker Games Rodeo, Jell-o Wrestling, live music and more.  Fun event lots to see and do.  For camping information visit HERE.


Great Lakes Burn Camp 3rd Annual Ride sponsored by Texas Corral (NOTE: conflicting dates, please check back for firm date and time)
Date: June 29th or 30th, 2013
Time: Registration at CURRENTLY UNKNOWN-Check back for details
Location: Texas Corral, 5519 West Main Street, Kalamazoo, MI
Cost: $25 per bike, $40 with passenger. Includes ride, t-shirt, meal and drink tickets
Contact: Randy Bryant 269.344.8590 or rbryant@texascorralmail.com
Website: http://www.texascorral.net/ http://greatlakesburncamp.com/
Info: 80-120 mile ride followed by food, drinks and live music at Texas Corral. Is part of an outdoor cook-out event that is family friendly and features activities for children.  All proceeds of the event go to the Great Lakes Burn Camp.


Thunder on the Lakeshore
Date: July 6th,  2013
Time: 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Lake Street, Cadillac, Michigan
Contact:  231.846.6073
Cost:  Free to attend, $10 to enter bike in show
Website: HERE  Facebook HERE
Info:  Bike contest that is part of Cadillac’s Independence Day celebration.  10 classes and trophies awarded to all class winners.  See the flyer HERE.


Rivertown Bike Week Expo
Date:  July 9th – July 14th, 2013
Time: Multiple Times
Location: DeltaPlex Arena,  500 Turner Ave, Grand Rapids, MI
Contact: Mark Mensch @ 616-437-0973 markmensch@hotmail.com
Website: http://www.rivertownbikeweek.com
Info:  Event includes a bike show, contest, live music, entertainment and more.  Huge event with proceeds benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project. Check out their website for all the info.


Muskegon Bike Time
Date:  July 19th – July 22nd, 2013
Time: Multiple Times
Location: Downtown Muskegon, MI, Also events at Hot-Rod Harley-Davidson in Muskegon
Contact: 317.236.6515
Website: http://www.muskegonbiketime.com
Info:  One of the fastest growing biker events in the state and nation.  Great time in beautiful downtown Muskegon in July.  Large rally with vendors, bands and plenty of bikes.  Definitely worth a ride to check out.  Visit their website for full schedule and details.  2012 brought an estimated 35,000 bikes; not nearly as big as Daytona but has a great Daytona feel.


Christmas in July Toy Run
Date:  July 13th, 2013
Time: Registration starts at 10:00 am, kickstands up at 11:30 am
Cost: $15 per bike without a toy; $5 per bike with a toy
Location: Ride starts at Seelye-Wright in Paw Paw (161 Ampey Rd; next to I-94) and ends at Roadhouse Grill in Paw Paw on Red Arrow Highway.
Contact: 269-655-1122
Website: none
Info:  Still working on more details.  First 100 to sign up get a free T-shirt.  Participants are encouraged to wear festive attire and decorate their bike.  Live music and food at Roadhouse following the ride.


Niles 12th Annual Burn Run
Date:  July 14th, 2013
Time: Registration starts at 9:00 am, kickstands up at 12:00 pm
Cost: $20 per bike; $30 passenger if register before June 1st. After June 1st $25 & $30 (Includes t-shirt and pin)
Location: Downtown Niles, MI
Contact: none
Website: http://www.nilesburnrun.com/webapp/p/219/ride-information.html
Info:  Two day event that features the ride. One of the oldest and largest burn rides around. Typical ride with vendors, food, drink etc.


Ride 4 Owen
Date:  Saturday July 27th, 2013
Time: Registration starts at 1:30 pm, kickstands up at 3:00 pm
Cost: $15 per bike; $5 extra bike w/ passenger
Location: Starts at Bennigan’s on Gull Road, Kalamazoo and Ends at Galesburg Speedway with admission to the race.
Contact: Paul 269.491.0729
Website: www.race4owen.com
Info:  Great benefit ride that supports Owen, an 11-year old Kalamazoo native who was born without the left side of his heart.  The money raised will benefit heart disease research, education and families and individuals affected by heart disease.  See the flyer HERE.  If you take the flyer to Bennigan’s on ride day (July 27th) Bennigan’s will donate 20% of the bill to the American Heart Association, so please print and pass along the flyers; no need to be in the ride to help!




WMU Student Autism Alliance Poker Run
Date:  August 24th, 2013
Time: Registration starts at 9:00 am, kickstands up at 11:00 am
Cost: $10 per person
Location: Starts at Lawrence Autism Center (1800 S. 35th Street, Galesburg, MI) and ends at Roadhouse Grill in Paw Paw (38138 Red Arrow Hwy, Paw Paw, MI)
Contact: none
Website: none
Info:  Ride with proceeds benefiting the Student Autism Alliance at WMU.  $5 burger & fries, $1.50 drafts and $2 wells at Roadhouse.  All bikes are welcome; door prize following the ride.  See the flyer HERE for more details




Grape Escape Motorcycle Ride
Date:  September 7th, 2013
Time: Registration begins at 9:30 am; kickstands up at 11:00 am
Cost: $20 per bike
Location: Ride starts at Land, Sea Air Travel in Paw Paw (513 E. Michigan Ave, Paw Paw, MI 4097) and ends at Paw Paw Brewery (929 E. Michigan Ave, Paw Paw, MI 49097).
Contact: Ellyn Jones (Sea, Land Air Travel) 269.657.5529, info@sealandairtravel.com
Website: none
Info:  Ride travels through the vineyards of Van Buren county and ends at Paw Paw Brewery a few blocks from were it begins.  All proceeds benefit the Great Lakes Burn Camp.  Part of the events surrounding Paw Paw’s Wine and Harvest Festival.  If you’ve never gone to the festival, check it out it’s a great time!


Sturgis Toy Run
Date:  September 5-7th, 2013
Time: Gates open Thursday-Saturday 8am-10pm
Cost: $20 and new toy per person. Free tent camping; $40 for all RVs, campers, trailers
28731 Kelly Road, Sturgis, MI
Contact: 269.659.8632
Website: http://www.sturgistoyrun.com/Events.php
Info: 3 day event with the Run starting at 1 pm on Saturday.  21 & up only for rules and other information visit their website or view the flyer HERE.
Ride for Hope
Date:  September 14th, 2013
Time: Registration starts at 10:00 am at the Tenth Street Saloon in Plainwell
Cost: $20 per person, $30 couple
Location: Starts at Tenth Street Saloon in Plainwell (136 North Street, Plainwell, MI 49080) and ends at 12:00 pm at VFW in Otsego (Post 303 124 N Farmer St, Otsego, MI 49078)
Contact: Mark Kuiper 269.388.7095
Website: none
Info:  Ride with proceeds benefiting the Royal Family Kids Camp, benefiting children of abuse.  First 100 riders get a free t-shirt.  In event of rain-out party at VFW in Otsego.




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