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Vendors of various wares, including custom bike designers, were on hand at last weekend’s
Boone Bike Rally. Photo by Sheri Cornett

Originally published: 2013-06-05 15:11:40
Last modified: 2013-06-05 15:13:25

Boone Bike Rally revs motors, brings excitement to High Country

Sheri Cornett / Special to The AJT

Fans and biking aficionados were not disappointed last weekend, as Boone Bike Rally rolled into the High Country with vendors, games, quality bands and more.

The weekend began with a cool start on Friday, May 31, as bikes rolled into High Country Fairgrounds and campers set up shop. Cool temperatures quickly dissipated, however, into a warm and clear High Country day.

Throughout the weekend, vendors were onsite with lots of biker items. The rally had a distinct local flair, as Avery County’s own Tom Love lent his special touch to bikes with painting and pin stripping as Bill Close served as master of ceremonies onstage throughout the event. As well, what would a rally be without barbecue from Newland’s own Carolina BBQ.

In addition to the numerous vendors, Christian Motorcycle Association was onsite to bless bikes and give encouraging words to riders and visitors alike.

An exciting part of this year’s festivities was a guided bike tour of the High Country on Friday, May 31, with local and visiting riders getting an up-close look at Boone and the surrounding mountain area.

By the evening, the rally was rocking to the classic rock sounds of JJL Band, Dice and Problem Child, as the sounds of rock reverberated throughout the valley.

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