Rally reg­is­tra­tion en­cour­aged

Tri-County Vanguard - - COVER STORY - SARA ERIC­S­SON

This year’s Wharf Rat Rally has no gate en­trance cost.

But this doesn’t mean putting on the event costs noth­ing, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Laura Sim­mons wants peo­ple to know.

Costs for en­ter­tain­ment – stunts, wa­ter events, mu­sic and more – at this year’s rally to­tal just un­der $ 100,000. Shut­tle busses have costs of $ 10,000 and even toi­lets came in around $20,000.

Sim­mons said these num­bers are only meant to show peo­ple what it costs to run a suc­cess­ful rally and to en­cour­age peo­ple to sup­port it any way they can.

And the big­gest and best way, ac­cord­ing to Sim­mons, is to regis­ter.

Reg­is­tra­tion sta­tions will be set up all through­out the down­town area. Both bikes and cars can regis­ter, each for $10.

This will get them a com­mem­o­ra­tive Wharf Rat Rally pin, pre­vi­ously sold alone for $5, a rally sticker and a bal­lot en­try for the grand prize draw.

Reg­is­tra­tion al­lows bikes to ac­cess the gated Wa­ter Street and also serves as an in­for­ma­tion tool on who comes to the rally and from where.

“Reg­is­ter­ing sup­ports us di­rectly, makes peo­ple el­i­gi­ble for some re­ally great prizes and al­lows us to have a firmer idea of how many peo­ple at­tend each year,” said Sim­mons.

And with a pro­vin­cial eco­nomic im­pact study on deck this year, it’s more im­por­tant than ever.

“Please con­sider reg­is­ter­ing, and please sup­port your rally. We’re all re­ally ex­cited for an­other fan­tas­tic year,” said Sim­mons.

KARLA KELLY

Bik­ers who at­tend the Wharf Rat Rally are en­cour­aged to regis­ter at sta­tions that will be set up.

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