Harley motorcycles, Minis and bulls help round out Steamboat summer
May 28, 2017
The decibel level in Steamboat Springs is going to get turned up a notch.
The Rocky Mountain HOG (Harley Owners Group) Rally is one of several new events the Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association has added to its calendar for the summer.
The HOG Rally could bring up to 1,000 Harley Davidson motorcycles to town June 7 to 10.
"It's a perfect event weekend," Chamber Public Relations Manager Maren McCutchan said. "There's not a lot going on."
The event is sandwiched between the Steamboat Marathon on June 4 and the Mustang Roundup June 15 to 17.
Expected HOG Rally attendance is a rough estimate, McCutchan said, because the annual event has gone from a statewide club event to a regional event. Last year, the HOG Rally was held in Telluride.
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The evening of June 8 at the Steamboat Springs High School parking lot, the public is welcome to watch as HOG Rally participants compete in games with names like "Taco Lick," "Butt Darts" and "Plunger Poke."
There will be a bike show beginning at 6:30 p.m. June 9 on Yampa Street. The public will be able to vote for their favorite bike.
During the afternoon of June 10, there will be motorcycle riding agility events at the high school that will be open to spectators.
Two weeks after the HOG Rally, during the afternoon of June 24, the Reds Whites & Brews in the 'Boat Festival will set up on Yampa Street. The event was formally held in Avon.
The ticketed event will feature wine and craft beer tastings, live music and vendors. Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at redswhitesandbrews.net.
"The event will be a great way to showcase the new additions on Yampa Street," McCutchan said.
To complement the Steamboat Springs Pro Rodeo Series on Friday and Saturday nights, there will be Bulls and Bands on July 12, 19 and 26.
Bulls and Bands will feature American freestyle bullfight competitions — a sport created by rodeo clowns to showcase their skills at evading bulls.
The weekend of Aug. 11 to 13 promises to be very busy with the addition of MINIs in the Mountains, which will bring 500 Mini Coopers to Steamboat for a car show, a group parade and several social events.
Also that weekend is the Steamboat Stinger, All Arts Festival, Steamboat Movement Fest, Steamboat Wine Festival and Steamboat Triathlon.
There have been some changes to some existing summer events as well.
Wild West Air Fest will be one day instead of two on Sept. 2.
On Sept. 3, the Free Concert Series will host an end-of summer concert at Howelsen Hill.
The Run Rabbit Run ultramarathon and Steamboat OktoberWest will not overlap this summer. OktoberWest will be Sept. 16, and Run Rabbit Run is Sept. 8 and 9.
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