Curves to Cores HOG Rally is coming to town!
Curves to Cores HOG Rally Continues to Grow a Month Before Coming to Winchester
For immediate release (Winchester, VA): Registrations for the Curves to Cores Harley Owners Group (HOG) Rally have soared in the past month to over 2,300. According to event coordinators, registrations have poured in from across the country and now include attendees from 36 states and 4 foreign countries. At this point, the furthest U.S. state represented is California. And this number is just expected to grow, with almost three weeks left until the event. Registrations are accepted up until the first day of the Rally, which will be held from June 19-22.
“When we originally began discussing the possibility of holding this event in the Winchester-Frederick County area, the anticipated number was closer to 1,500,” says Justin Kerns, Executive Director of the Winchester-Frederick County Convention and Visitors Bureau (WFCCVB).
Kris Tierney, Frederick County Administrator, notes “When Justin began discussing the initial economic impact figures of $6 million dollars, that was based on anticipated registration of 1,500, so yes, we’re excited about how popular Winchester-Frederick County has emerged as a host community. We are excited about the positive impact this will have on our local businesses, attractions and hotels not just for this rally but hopefully into the future as attendees return to enjoy everything our area has to offer.”
Winchester-Frederick County was officially announced as the host community for this event back in July of 2018, but the planning reaches back to January of 2018 when the community was first approached as a candidate to host. The schedule of events has evolved over that time and has mostly been solidified since January of this year, however two new events have recently been added.
Of particular interest, the Rally coordinators recently partnered with the Winchester Costco to develop a Community Outreach event from 7-9am on Thursday, June 20. This event is open to the public and is designed to honor and thank the many emergency services personnel in our area, including police and fire. Free donuts and coffee will be provided at the event, which will be held in the Costco parking lot. People who travel that area in the morning should be aware of possible traffic congestion.
Emergency Services Coordination
Numerous meetings of emergency services personnel in the City and County have occurred over the past year, with recently appointed Winchester Emergency Management Coordinator Scott Kensinger running point for the City services and Frederick County Sheriff Lenny Millholland coordinating County services. The purpose of these meetings has been to coordinate communication among agencies and prepare for event impacts such as traffic control, parking, emergency preparedness and more.
Impact on Residents
The WFCCVB anticipates varied levels of impact on the residents of the City and County. “This is something we have been very sensitive to since our community first began considering this event,” says Kerns. “However, we believe now that the primary impacts will be felt with the Friday events in the City of Winchester and the Motorcycle Parade on Saturday afternoon which begins at Grove’s Harley Davidson on Route 50 East and will end in the City of Winchester. Events should be inclusive of the local public and hopefully fun and enjoyable for everyone.”
The Clarion hotel at the intersection of I-81 and Jubal Early Drive is the host hotel, so event coordinators anticipate increased traffic at that intersection daily at peak departure and arrival times in the early morning and late afternoon. The primary focus of this 4-day event is the 60+ guided and self-guided rides that have been developed by HOG Rally coordinators, so the majority of the motorcycles will be dispersed throughout the region during each day.