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Fun on agenda for annual biker rally in Jefferson

By Naomi Prioleau
June 4, 2014 at 2:05 a.m.

Motorcycles, games and music will be just a few of the many fun-filled activities on the agenda for the third annual Route 49 Biker Rally this weekend.

The annual rally, which will be held at the Diamond Don RV Park in Jefferson, will benefit the Children's Medical Center of Dallas, specifically supporting the cardiac care unit for children born with heart defects.

"When they give to people and don't ask for anything in return, that's when you want to give to them," one of the directors for the rally, Sid Agent said on why they chose to support this particular hospital.

The weekend will begin at noon on Friday, June 6 and go through Sunday, June 8. James Novey and Diamond Don Rainey, organizers for the Rally, will host a meet and greet barbecue for pre-registered weekend guests Friday evening and two bands will play that night.

Friday night's activities will include a meet and greet barbecue for pre-registered weekend guests and musical performances by Lacie Carpenter, Rebel Rose and The Chris LeBlanc Band beginning at 6 p.m.

The Chris LeBlanc Band will also perform on Saturday evening in the beer gardens starting at 8 p.m. Other events on Saturday will include a poker run, bike show, biker games and concerts with everything beginning at 10 a.m. Other musicians scheduled for Saturday include the East Texas Garage Band and Jake Gill.

The weekend will wrap up with a morning devotion led by the Steve Wise ministry at 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

"It's a family friendly rally, it's not the standard motorcycle rally you'd view it as," Agent said. "We invite everyone to come out have a good time, there'll be vendors, food, poker run for bikers, games for the bikers…a lot of different things but mostly entertainment."

A day pass will be offered for $15; the weekend ticket is $25 and includes tent and dry RV camping at the RV Park. The "VIB" Very Important Biker Pass is available again for $100.

Agent explained the reason that the rally is held in East Texas rather than Dallas was because Jefferson is a hot spot for motorcyclists.

"Jefferson is a biker destination," he said. "This weekend 200 guys from Dallas are driving out Saturday morning. We can do it pretty much do it anywhere, but it makes sense to do it here because Diamond Don is a partner with us."

Agent added that next year they plan to make the rally more "kid friendly," but notes that the rally will be clean as it always is and has been.

"People call and tell me they're looking for a rally like this," he said. "It's a clean rally and we're going to keep it clean."

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