Leader of Saturday’s Dragon Motorcycle Ride for McDowell County

Sept. 28 – KIMBALL – A motorcycle race is set to kick off Saturday in McDowell County and travel more than 50 miles of scenic roads showcasing the beauty of West Virginia.

The “Head of the Dragon” motorcycle race is set to have “kicks” on Saturday, October 1. After another year of planning and working with the town of Kimball, which holds its fall festival with the Bradshaw and Iaeger festivals on the same day, making it a county-wide event, organizers said .

The ride will start registering at Kimball at 9 a.m. and there is no registration fee, but donations are accepted, organizers said. Motorcycles must pull out at 11 a.m. to travel the McDowell County road.

Several vendors are scheduled to provide local food and arts during the registration process with riders expected to begin the “Ride of a Lifetime” at 11 a.m., organizers said. The course covers over 50 miles of scenic roads in McDowell County.

This event complements the Body of the Dragon motorcycle rides and is considered one of the most beautiful and challenging. Specially designed Head of the Dragon t-shirts and patches are available to commemorate the special experience of riding the dragon’s head in the mountains of southern West Virginia, organizers said.

Ride officials said out-of-state riders will be introduced to this unique McDowell County experience with a tour and tour of the county’s historic sites with local historian Jay Chatman.

The event proved to be a big economic boom for McDowell County and the entire region, as it drew hundreds of motorcyclists from as many as eleven states, as well as dozens of local bikers, state officials said. race. The economic development potential of this motorcycle and sports car ride provides tourism to McDowell County and southern West Virginia and offers various activities to attract even more tourists.

One of the main attractions of this awareness ride is the “Stunt Army” who will perform three shows of their incredible stunt feats on motorcycles, organizers said. This is the event everyone has been waiting to see again since last year’s dynamic show. Additionally, a traveling magician is scheduled with live music throughout the day consisting of “Wild Fire Honey”, Hannah Puckett, “Independent State Band”, Victor Lawson and “Boogie Chillin”.

A cornhole tournament by “Outlaw Cornhole” is planned with an obstacle course and an inflatable slide, several games for children and to close the day, a fireworks display.

The event hosts one of the biggest car shows in the region, with Jack Necessary coordinating the show, organizers said. Classic cars as well as custom vehicles will be on display along with Best of Show awards, a $300 prize, and People’s Choice and Top 20 trophies. Vehicles will be displayed along Highway 52 in Kimball.

As the Kimball Fall Festival is held on the day of the event, the Southern Mountain Council provides restrooms and other amenities for riders and festival attendees.

For more information, visit the websites: headofthedragonwv.com and visitmcdowellcountywv.com or call Tammi Ferrell at the Council of the Southern Mountains at 304-436-6800 or Pam Huff at Bluefield at 304-327-5305.

The event is held annually in McDowell County and was established by the Council of the Southern Mountains, a 501c3 non-profit organization to overcome the causes and effects of poverty, help seniors and people with disabilities bringing economic development and tourism to southern West Virginia.

— Contact Greg Jordan at [email protected]

Contact Greg Jordan at [email protected]

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