Wharf Rat Rally hit­ting Digby

Or­ga­niz­ers ral­ly­ing for big­gest and best Wharf Rat Rally yet

Tri-County Vanguard - - FRONT PAGE - SARA ERIC­S­SON

This year’s Wharf Rat Rally will not only be re­ally rad, but it will also be an ed­u­ca­tional ex­pe­ri­ence for all kinds of bik­ers.

To of­fer some­thing a little dif­fer­ent, sem­i­nars have been added to the event sched­ule, which is al­ready full of the stan­dard stunts and speed­sters.

Ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Laura Sim­mons said this is be­cause the rest of the rally is so rock solid they now have room to di­ver­sify.

“Ev­ery­thing else is easy to plan be­cause we’ve got­ten so good at it, so now we’re tak­ing time to see what else will take off,” she said.

THE EVENT MENU

Tips, tricks and ad­vice for tin­ker­ing will be on the sem­i­nars’ sched­ule, which can be found on the Wharf Rat Rally’s web­site.

Top­ics will in­clude how to pick up your bike without hurt­ing your back, ba­sic bike de­tail­ing, ad­vice on rent­ing mo­tor­cy­cles abroad and a panel dis­cus­sion on ladiesonly ral­lies (this last one will hap­pen Satur­day at 1:30 p.m. inside Her­itage Hall).

“We’ve got so many ex­cit­ing and ac­tion-packed events. This of­fers peo­ple some­thing quite dif- fer­ent,” said Sim­mons.

RE­TURN­ING RALLY REG­U­LARS

There are also many of the reg­u­lar and pop­u­lar events on the sched­ule, in­clud­ing stunt­ing events, bike celebri­ties like the well-known and well-loved Bean’re, and the fa­mous 50/50 draw, which reached $53,664 last year.

This year, an elec­tronic tick­et­ing sys­tem has been in­tro­duced, which will only re­quire ticket buy­ers’ in­for­ma­tion to be en­tered once, no mat­ter how many tick­ets they buy.

It will save time and paper, print­ing one master ticket with all of the num­bers, but still sep­a­rate bal­lots so each can be en­tered in the pick­ing pool.

“We’re re­ally ex­cited about this and think it’ll mean even more 50/50 en­tries than in past years,” said Sim­mons. “We’re aim­ing for a $70,000 pot this year.”

CAP­TUR­ING THE MEMORIES

An­other new fea­ture will be two step lad­ders, set up on ei­ther end of down­town, manned and run by the Con­way Work­shop. They are be­ing set up to give peo­ple a bird’s eye view of the rally and also for peo­ple to take pho­tos – self­ies or oth­er­wise – from the strik­ing an­gle.

The cost of en­try is $5, with all pro­ceeds go­ing di­rectly to the work­shop.

“Both lad­ders are dif­fer­ent heights. The smaller one may work bet­ter for those who don’t en­joy heights,” said Sim­mons.

A new event is on deck at the Builders’ Square, cor­doned off un­der­neath the large metal Wharf Rat sign only just used at Digby’s tall ships event.

The event will be the Show and Shine Peo­ple’s Choice Award, where peo­ple can vote for their favourite custom bikes within the square. Vot­ing will take place Satur­day af­ter­noon and re­sults an­nounced Sun­day.

KARLA KELLY

Lots of mo­tor­cy­cles will be in Digby this week for the Wharf Rat Rally.

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