HOG's rolling into Lloyd

By Geoff Lee

August 9, 2016 12:00 AM

The Bordertown Harley Owners Group (HOG) is going whole hog to pull off three days of local rides and fun starting Aug. 18 night.
The local HOG chapter is hosting more than 300 riders for the three day Canadian 11th Prairie Regional HOG Rally.
This is the first time the Bordertown HOGs have hosted the event that rotates annually throughout communities in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
Bordertown club member and rally coordinator, Guy Dudding, said the purpose of the rally is just all about fun.
“HOG Canada hosts these,” said Dudding.
“It’s just a rally to get like minded people who ride Harley Davidsons and enjoy the lifestyle to get together and share stories and have some fun and do some rides.”
The prairie regional is one of five annual rallies for Canadian Harley owners.
Dudding said Bordertown HOGs were asked to host this about three years ago, but their chapter was relatively new then and not ready to take on the challenge.
When they were asked to host it this year, they accepted the invitation with 129 regional members in their club from the Lloydminster and Bonnyville/Cold Lake areas.
Two of the rally riders are coming to Lloydminster from California and several are travelling to Lloydminster from northern states, B.C. and Manitoba with the Days Inn as the host hotel.
The schedule of events kicks off Thursday, Aug. 18, with a meet and greet at Edge Harley Davidson starting at 6:30 p.m.
Dudding will make a few remarks at the opening as the master of ceremonies, but he credits his committee for doing most of the heavy lifting in organizing the rally.
“We’ve got about 10 or 12 people who are putting this together,” he said.
“I am just kind of overseeing everything.”
The meet and greet will be followed by a club house social at The Sticks Billiards & Lounge pool hall.
“Friday (Aug. 19) is our poker run that ends at The Sticks and then we’ve got all types of games along with a couple of food trucks,” said Dudding.
The rally riders have reserved the Tilted Kilt & Eatery for a private party from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday night to wrap up a fun second day with self guided rides in the mix.
Saturday kicks off with more self-guided rides with six routes to chose from.
“It’s for people just not familiar with the area to take in some of the landscape because we’ve got everything from barren prairies to the more northern type of treed areas,” said Dudding.
The Saturday rides will be followed by an afternoon of bike games, a beer garden, a vendor mall and a bike show and shine hosted at Astec Safety Inc.
The rally will wrap up with a dinner and social Saturday night.
The event committee will host a farewell breakfast Sunday morning at Edge Harley Davidson, one of the many businesses expected to benefit from the overall dollars spent.
“From an economic impact, you’ve got 300 people coming to Lloydminster who are going to be doing everything from staying in campgrounds and hotels to eating in restaurants ...,” said Dudding.
“The Tilted Kilt is excited for us to come and the Days Inn was excited—90 people are staying in their hotel and then it spreads from there.”
He added the Bordertown HOGs have deliberately sought zero sponsorships for the rally because they don’t want to impact prospective donations for their local toy drive on Sept. 17.

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