While the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is easily the premier event among bikers, drawing thousands to South Dakota each year, promoters of the inaugural Native Air Thunder Mountain Ride plan for it to someday also hold down a spot on the national cycling scene.
Scheduled for Oct. 8 to Oct. 10 at Green Valley Park and on a roadways around the Rim Country, the Thunder Mountain event will be highlighted by live entertainment, a fireworks shows, “Ride in the Pines” day runs, stunt shows, wild and fun contests and an array of prizes that include 11 Harley-Davidson motorcycles, two Yamaha motorcycles and $5,000 in cash prizes.
There will also be two special raffles, to be held at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 10 at GVP for a 2010 Yamaha TR50 and a 2010 Polaris 500 ATV.
“We’ll fence off parts of Green Valley Park and most everything will be going on there,” said Town of Payson Parks, Recreation and Tourism Special Events Coordinator Deb Rose.
Before and after rides on Saturday and Sunday, there will be drawings at GVP for the 13 motorcycles.
Basic entry fee into the ride is $60, which includes drawing tickets for five of the motorcycles to be given away.
The all inclusive entry fee is $120 and includes tickets for all 13 motorcycles and a souvenir T-shirt.
The rally is being co-sponsored by the town tourism department along with Fargo’s Steakhouse, Mazatzal Casino, Majestic Mountain Inn, Arizona Public Service, Crabdree Insurance, Mogollon Health Alliance and others.
All proceeds from the ride benefit the Gracie Lee Haught Children’s Memorial Fund, the American Legion and Mogollon Health Alliance.