Roaring rides, riders converge in Ocean Shores tradition

By Scott D. Johnston

“Get your motor runnin’ … head out on the highway!”

This weekend the “lookin’ for adventure” in that classic Steppenwolf tune from “Easy Rider” leads to Ocean Shores. For the 28th consecutive year, bikers will bring their heavy metal machines to the North Beach.

“Bikers at the Beach,” at the Ocean Shores Convention Center Friday through Sunday, is produced by Ocean Shores homeowner and part-time resident Dennis Irby and his Puget Sound Trade Shows and Events. “Hog Wild Coastal Rally” starts Thursday at Quinault Beach Resort and Casino (QBRC) and is produced by Roadshows, Inc. of Reno, NV, which specializes in the events.

Both offer a variety of spectator and biker participatory activities, planned rides, vendors and live music. The events require that bikers who want to take part in any of the games or VIP activities and offerings must register and “pay to play.” And each event has its own variety of content.

One of the highlights of Bikers at the Beach is three Saturday morning runs to Central Elementary School in Hoquiam, that will then feed a combined parade from Hoquiam to Ocean Shores. A 60-mile run from event sponsor Northwest Harley Davidson in Lacey will start at 8 a.m. A south side run from 3G’s Cafe in Westport gets under way at 8:30 a.m., and a run from the Ocean Shores Convention Center begins at 9 a.m.

The bikers will then depart at 10 a.m., escorted by the Hoquiam Police Department. Ocean Shores officers will welcome the parade around 10:30. It will proceed south on Pt. Brown Ave. to the roundabout at Chance a la Mer, and then five miles down Pt. Brown to Marine View Drive and Oyhut Bay, before taking Ocean Shores Blvd. to go back toward the Convention Center.

Crowds last year loved the motorcycle stunt shows, so the event has doubled up on them this time, adding One Wheel Revolution, an all-Harley stunt team from Billings, MT. Returning is the Tenino Motorcycle Drill Team. At 8 p.m. both Friday and Saturday nights, the Convention Center hosts an 18-and-older, ticketed biker party with live music, contests and a beer garden and bar. The Motors play Friday night and open for Moonshine Bandits Saturday. A “platinum” registration, which is $ 40 in advance online at www.bikersatthebeach.com or $ 50 at the event, covers admission to the biker parties both nights, as well as participation in the Saturday bike show and all of the games and contests. Participation in the bike show, games and contests without admission to the evening parties is $ 20 in advance and $ 25 at the event.

Irby, whose company took over the event last year, said, from an event operator’s perspective, “This is the most fun event we do,” because of the wide variety of people who come together to share their love of everything involved with motorcycles. Irby said part of the fun comes from the fact that people at this event shatter the biker stereotypes. “Bikers are A to Z, and it’s been very enjoyable to work with them,” he said.

“You’ll notice almost all bikers supports kids charities,” he added. “We’re pleased to have Bikers Against Child Abuse and Communities in Schools,” plus several local non-profits at the event.

At QBRC, the Hog Wild event opens Thursday, and offers free live music from four bands over the next three days. Local favorites Corey Daniels and Humptulips will play Thursday night and Friday and Saturday afternoons. Lucky Tongue plays all three days. All-female AC/DC tribute band Hell’s Belles will play Friday night and Saturday afternoon and a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band, Creedence Revelation, plays Saturday night. A $ 60 registration is required to participate in games and contests, and includes Friday and Saturday dinner buffets, an event T-shirt and VIP parking and concert seating. Registration is available at the door or online: www.roadshowsreno.com.

Hog Wild organizers have put together five different self-guided rides, all beginning at QBRC. The Merriman Falls ride goes northeast through Copalis Crossing and Humptulips, to the waterfall at Lake Quinault, then back to the coast via the Moclips Highway. Another ride goes to Charlie’s Sports Bar in Montesano, then returns via SR 107 and through Cosmopolis. The South Beach Ride goes through Westport en route to Tokeland. The Brooklyn Tavern Ride goes through Cosmopolis and Artic, then follows 16 miles of the North River Road to “an old tavern in the mountains somewhere, in the middle of nowhere.” Another ride goes to the Satsop Business Park.

Hog Wild at QBRC

Thursday, July 27

12-9 p.m. Vendors, Beer Garden Open

12-4 p.m. Lucky Tongue

2:45-3 p.m. Slow Bike Races

5-9 p.m. Cory Daniels &Humptulips

6:45-7 p.m. Slow Bike Races

9-10 p.m. Hell’s Belles Meet &Greet

Friday, July 28

9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Event Open

10 a.m.-9 p.m. Vendors, Beer Garden Open

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Cory Daniels &Humptulips

1-4 p.m. Poker Run

2:45-3 p.m. Slow Bike Races

4-8 p.m. Lucky Tongue

4 p.m. Poker Walk

4:30-4:45 p.m. Men’s &Women’s Small Tattoo Competition

5-9 p.m. Land &Sea Buffet

6:45-7 p.m. Slow Bike Races

8-8:30 p.m. Slow Bike Races

9-10:30 p.m. Hell’s Belles Concert

Saturday, July 29

9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Event Open

10 a.m.-9 p.m. Ride in Bike Show

10 a.m.-9 p.m. Vendors, Beer Garden Open

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Lucky Tongue

1-4 p.m. Poker Run

2:45-3 p.m. Slow Bike Races

3 p.m. Hell’s Belles Concert

4-8 p.m. BBQ Feast

5-8:30 p.m. Corey Daniels &Humptulips

5 p.m. Poker Walk

5:30-5:45 p.m. Men’s &Women’s Large Tattoo Competition

6:45-7 p.m. Slow Bike Races

8-8:30 p.m. Slow Bike Races

9-10:30 p.m. Creedence Revelation Concert

Sunday, July 30

8 a.m.-12 noon Breakfast Buffet

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Vendors Open

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Beer Garden Open

10 a.m. 1 p.m. House Music

5 p.m. Motorcycle Raffle Drawing

Bikers at the Beach

at OS Convention Center

Friday, July 28

12-7 p.m. Bike Blessings

12-7 p.m. Galway Bay Outdoor Pub &Beer Garden open

12:30-3 p.m. The Retro/Active Band, outdoor stage

2-3 p.m. Bikini Bike Wash, for Bikers Against Child Abuse

4 p.m. Hypnosis Show, outdoor stage

5 p.m. One Wheel Revolution Harley stunt team

8 p.m.-12 a.m. Party &Concert with The Motors &Hypnosis Show

Saturday, July 29

Parade runs to and from Hoquiam Central Elementary School

10 a.m. All depart Hoquiam for Ocean Shores

10:30 a.m. Parade down Pt. Brown Ave. toward Oyhut Bay, return to Convention Center via Ocean Shores Blvd.

10 a.m.-7 p.m. Event Open, Bike Blessings, Pub &Beer Garden open

10-11:30 a.m. The Retro/Active Band

10 a.m.-5 p.m. Westport Satellite Rally

11 a.m. Tenino Motorcycle Drill Team

12-2 p.m. The Harrison Band, outdoor stage

12-2 p.m. Biker Games

12-3 p.m. Bike Show

1-4 p.m. Black Shepherd band, Westport Rally

2:30 p.m. Tattoo, Beard and Goatee Contests

3 p.m. Tenino Motorcycle Drill Team

3:30 p.m. Bike Show Awards in 10 categories

3:30-5 p.m. Bikini Bike Wash, for BACA

4 p.m. One Wheel Revolution Harley stunt team

8 p.m.-12 a.m. Party &Concert with Moonshine Bandits, 18+

Sunday, July 30

9 a.m.-2 p.m. Event Open

9 a.m. Church Service by Harbor Faith Riders

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