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Michigan ‘H.O.G.’ Rally kicks off in Kalamazoo Aug. 16-18

Posted on August 8th, 2012

Kalamazoo, Mich. The 2012 Michigan State Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) Rally rolls into Kalamazoo Aug. 16-18, and the three-day weekend event will bring lots of bikes to the streets of Kalamazoo.

With approximately 1,000 H.O.G. members from several states and countries expected to attend, the rally and riding events will encourage participants to discover the local communities and countryside of Kalamazoo County and southwest Michigan.

“Most people attend the Michigan H.O.G. Rally for the camaraderie — to ride and have a good time with other H.O.G. enthusiasts,” 2012 rally coordinator Scott Rhuland said. “Because this is the official statewide H.O.G. event — where all of the Michigan chapters gather in one place — we can’t wait to serve as the host city and share the attractions, the scenic rides and the fun that Kalamazoo has to offer.”

The Kalamazoo Expo Center is the rally’s host location, and David Rachowicz, Kalamazoo County Parks & Expo Center director, is excited to host the H.O.G. event.

“These are the types of events that our new facilities will attract that have a substantial impact on the local economy,” Rachowicz said.

And having an impact on the economy is exactly what Rhuland said will happen. According to Rhuland and the National Harley Owners Group, the rally could pump more than $500,000 into the local economy, based on their conservative estimate of visitors’ spending.

Not a Harley-Davidson owner but want a taste of the action? Head to Wild Bull Saloon & Steak Pit beginning 8 p.m. Aug. 16 and see lots of Harleys at the welcome party, or hang around Michigan or Kalamazoo avenues in downtown Kalamazoo from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Aug. 18 to catch the “Parade of Flags,” which showcases about 350 bikes carrying their individual chapter’s flags from around the state and country. Although H.O.G. Rally registration is open only to National H.O.G. members, there is free admission for the general public to visit vendors and exhibit booths at the event.

The Kalamazoo Expo Center offers abundant onsite camping and Four Points by Sheraton Kalamazoo is the host hotel; there are more than 500 rooms within 2.5 miles of the rally. Registration is available onsite throughout the weekend.

H.O.G. is a national Harley-Davidson owners group, with approximately 25,000 members in Michigan and more than 900,000 members in the U.S. and abroad. The 2012 event will be the Fourth Annual Michigan State H.O.G. Rally.

For more information, visit www.mistatehogrally.com or contact southwest Michigan Harley Owners Group representative Scott Rhuland, 2012 Michigan State H.O.G. Rally Coordinator, at 269-341-5386 or rhu53@sbcglobal.net.

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