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2018 Kansas Rally - June 14-16

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More than 100 riders expected for biker rally

PITTSBURG, Kan. – Starting on Thursday, residents may notice a few more motorcycles in the area than usual. The Gold Wing Road Riders Association (GWRR) is holding its annual Kansas Bike Rally at the Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center from Thursday, June 14, through Saturday, June 16.

While these visitors will ride to area attractions such as Big Brutus and the Miner's Memorial at Immigrant Park, the Friday evening ride especially will likely be noticed by locals: The Lighted Parade with a police escort.

"It starts Friday at 8:45 p.m. at the Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium, and will go south on Broadway, and then east on Centennial," said Jenna Spencer of the Pittsburg Memorial Auditorium. "They will go past the nursing homes by the hospital, and turn around in Via Christi Village. They will take the same route back to the Memorial."

Spencer said roads will not be blocked for the parade. She also said other biker organizations are welcome to join the Lighted Parade, but are asked to register at the Memorial Auditorium beforehand.

"We are excited to welcome the Gold Wing Road Riders Association to Pittsburg for their 2018 Kansas District Rally," said Devin Gorman, Executive Director of the Crawford County Convention & Visitors Bureau. "Television and movies may give people the wrong impression of a 'biker club,' but the GWRR are a great group of friendly, sociable riders who we are proud to welcome to Crawford County for the first time. I'm particularly excited about the Light Parade on Friday night, which should be a thrilling visual treat for anyone along their path through Pittsburg."

In addition to the rides throughout the area, the GWRRA is holding true to its motto of "Friends for Fun, Safety and Knowledge", by having games and classes for members throughout the weekend. Members will learn more about packing their bikes and self-defense, as well as play bingo, blackjack, baseball and line dance.

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