Motorcycle Rally Returns Labor Day Weekend in Durango, Ignacio – The Durango Herald

The three-day event will feature stunt performers, an annual parade and noise

Last year, the Four Corners Motorcycle Rally had around 7,500 participants. This year, the organizers expect between 8,000 and 10,000 participants. (Jerry McBride/Durango Herald file)

The Four Corners Motorcycle Rally returns this Labor Day weekend for its 29th year with new events and a return to camping at the Sky Ute Fairgrounds in Ignacio.

The rally will include new events such as The Brawl, Ives Brothers Wall of Death and the American Motorcycle Association Flat Track Races at the La Plata County Fairgrounds.

The Wall of Death shows will take place at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday.

“It’s kind of a big wooden cylinder where these guys ride motorcycles,” said Trevor Bird, rally coordinator and Harley-Davidson dealership owner. “They are vertical on the wall and spinning in a circle as people stand above, look down and grab dollar bills and tips from people’s hands.”

According to Bird, The Brawl is the biggest stunt competition in the country. Fifteen of the best stuntmen are invited to compete for cash prizes. The event will take place from noon to 3 p.m. Friday at Sky Ute Casino.

On Saturday evening, the rally will host the AMA flat track races.

“It attracts some of the best flat track talent from all over the country where these guys are vying for an AMA No. 1 plate, which is like a big deal in the motorcycle racing community,” Bird said.

The three-day rally is loved by some and hated by others. It provides a financial boost towards the end of the tourist season for certain businesses, especially hotels and restaurants. But the rumbling bikes raise the decibel level around town, nearly ruining the mood for some people strolling through the shops or enjoying an alfresco dinner on Durango’s main avenue.

“A lot of commerce takes place in both Ignacio and Bayfield, in addition to Durango and some of the other communities they go to, such as Silverton, Telluride and Ridgway,” said the executive director of the Chamber of Commerce of Durango, Jack Llewellyn.

But he said the economic impact has diminished over the past decade. In 2013, the rally brought together around 20,000 participants at the Four Corners.

“I think it’s slowed down, especially with the pandemic,” Llewellyn said. “But I think it’s starting to pick up again.”

While some people may not like the gathering because of the noise, Llewellyn said Durango businesses generally benefit from it. He said the rally provides funds for good causes and is more family oriented compared to other rallies such as Sturgis.

“If you’re going downtown during the parade, it’s going to be loud – wear hearing protection, plan ahead,” he said.

The Four Corners Motorcycle Rally will host a block party Friday night at the corner of 10th Street and Main Avenue. The block party will feature performances by Kirk James and The Rudy Boy Experiment. Between the performers, there will be a rally hall of fame ceremony where event founders Senator Ben Nighthorse Campbell and Mike Lovato will speak.

Two after parties are scheduled for the weekend and include the Dixxon After Party from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday at El Rancho and the Kruesi Originals and Chopper Kings After Party from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday at the Garage.

The rally will also coordinate with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe for the first time in Bird’s five-year tenure.

“The rally originally started at the Sky Ute Fairgrounds, and we are truly honored to be working with the Southern Ute Tribe to be able to allow camping, tent camping and RV camping for the event. “, did he declare.

Those involved in the rally have already raised funds for several nonprofits, including $10,000 for Building Homes for Heroes.

To benefit nonprofits, Bird said he asked sponsors to forgo writing checks to the rally and have them sent directly to the organizations that the rally benefits.

“So Jack Daniels, for example, offered a sponsorship of $10,000, which we asked in return, ‘Why don’t you write that check directly to building houses for heroes?'” Bird said. .

Proceeds from the rally will go to other non-profit organizations. The rally worked with Durango Veterans of the Post 4031 Foreign Wars in a Friday morning benefit run with proceeds going to fund the Ignacio Space Camp Scholarship.

Bird said the fund enabled children from the Southern Ute tribe to attend space camp. The rally has already raised $5,000 – enough money to send two children to space camp.

Bird is excited about the new changes and additions this year, but still finds the community aspect of the event his favorite part. He said Sunday is his favorite day because of the downtown motorcycle parade, which starts at 11 a.m. in Durango.

Last year, the rally was estimated to have around 7,500 participants. This year, Bird expects between 8,000 and 10,000 participants.

He said the rally is under a new ownership structure, which has helped with the addition of some of the more recent events. Specifically, Bird said the addition of Chip Lile, owner of El Rancho and executive director of Snowdown, has been beneficial.

“Chip joined our leadership team late last year,” Bird said. “With Chip’s background in the local community and his experience with Snowdown as well as his expertise in community relations, it’s a real pleasure to work with.”

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