Category Archives: Adventure in Mt. Washington Valley

Shawnee Peak Opens this Saturday!

Shawnee Peak Ski Area, Maine’s longest-running ski mountain, is excited to announce several capital improvements in anticipation of Opening Day of the 2017-2018 ski season on Saturday, December 16, which will be the mountain’s 80th year.

This year’s list of projects includes several on and off-mountain enhancements, some major and some invisible, all of which are intended at providing an excellent Guest Experience. “We know that all of our improvements will enhance our skiing & riding experience for our upcoming 80th season! We look forward to seeing old friends and welcoming new families to our resort,” said owner Chet Homer.

On the mountain, a second carpet lift has been installed, which will enhance our beginner experience as well as alleviate the crowds on busy days. On the snowmaking side, Shawnee Peak has installed additional snow guns on the mountain, including permanent guns on both Yee Haw and Upper Hagget’s. We have also rebuilt our pumps at our primary pump house, completing the two-year project. Lastly, as loyal customers may know, Shawnee Peak also took delivery of a new Pisten Bully Winch Cat late last spring.

Our new rental shop was well-received last year and we have continued to enhance it, while placing a significant order of new rental skis, snowboards and helmets from Elan, Burton and Smith. Shawnee Peak is also excited to announce that we will be a Parlor Demo Center, the ONLY one in Maine or New Hampshire! Come try out these custom skis, built in the USA!

Both base lodges have received additional interior and exterior enhancements with the majority of the work done at the East Lodge, which has a new parking lot, additional seating, and a rehauled food and beverage offering. Stay tuned for some exciting news on this front!

Last, but not least, a new CRM system has been rolled out, which will enable us to communicate better with our guests and simplify our messaging across the board. Please check our social media pages and website for more info on Opening Day and for our exciting calendar of events, including our 80th Birthday Celebration on January 20th, 2018.

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About Shawnee Peak Ski Area

Maine’s oldest ski mountain, Shawnee Peak offers 45+ trails and glades, serviced by 6 lifts. We’ve got 98% snowmaking coverage and the largest night skiing operation in New England. Shawnee Peak is located on Route 302 in Bridgton, Maine just 30 minutes from North Conway

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Volunteer for the Journey to the North Pole Event!

“Tis that time of season!  Believe in Books Literacy Foundation is proud to present to the Mt. Washington Valley community the 23rd season of The Journey to the North Pole Event! This adventure of a lifetime takes families on a one of a kind train ride to see Santa!

They need you! And your colleagues! And your co-workers! And your neighbor and your friends and family too! Come together to volunteer  making it a fun group outing!

Please join them this holiday season in helping produce a truly magical journey to the North Pole!

The dedication and hard work of hundreds of community volunteers and supporting businesses are what keeps this event alive.

Believe in Books Literacy Foundation depends on volunteers year round to help with all of their events and Literacy Programs and especially during this holiday season!

 

They are looking to fill positions at both locations in North Conway and Lincoln, New Hampshire. For more information please email andrea@believeinbooks.org or call 603.356.9980

Gibson Center Seniors Learn About and Experience A Recreation Path

On  Friday, October 27 the  MWV Trails Association Rec Path Committee and Community Outreach Committee hosted the Gibson Center for Senior Services on a tour of the Mountain Division Trail in Fryeburg.

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Sally McMurdo, Marianne Borowski, Doug and Candy Armstrong, Tim Scott, and Jill Reynolds, program director for the Gibson Center
discussed what rec paths are, who uses them, and why, with a special presentation and discussion of the current North Conway Rec path project and capital campaign progress.

Along the way on North South Road, Rec Path Committee members pointed out where the North Conway Path will go. At the Visitor’s Center in Fryeburg, 4 seniors and volunteers walked the trail for about 40 minutes, talking about the benefits of such a rec path and the challenges of building one.

For more information visit MWV Trails Association.

The Ghoullog Returns for 2017

North Conway’s premier Haunt, the Ghoullog, is back for its 11th season. Held at the base of Cranmore Mountain, the month-long, annual haunt has been rated as one of the top haunts in New England, including being rated #6 on Buzz Feed’s 23 Haunted Houses Around the World That’ll Freak You The F*** Out, USA Today’s 10BEST Extreme Haunted Attractions, 10 Must-Visit Haunted House Attractions in the US by the Active Times, 11 Spooky Spots in New Hampshire by WMUR and the #1 Haunted Attraction for 2016 by NewHampshireHauntedHouses.com.

Operating from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and from 7p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and select Sundays, the event starts Saturday, September 23, and will run weekend nights through Saturday, October 28. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at Cranmore’s Artist Falls Lodge.

“Each year, we add elements of fear to the Ghoullog,” said Lance Davis, creator, and mastermind of the haunt. “Whether it’s another character or a scene that seems just too realistic, we know how to get underneath peoples skin. We have found that people really don’t like being in situations where they don’t have control over their surroundings.”

The approximate 50-minute haunt is recommended for ages 10 and over and features 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor twists and turns. Appropriate footwear and outdoor clothing is highly recommended.

Feeling too fearful to enter the haunt? The Ghoullog’s Haunted Playground features a one-of-a-kind experience with nighttime rides on the Mountain Coaster, Giant Swing, and Soaring Eagle Zip Line.

The Mountain Coaster is a two person, self-controlled sled, which brings riders on a 3,600-footround-trip ride up and down the mountain on a steel track reaching speeds up to 25 miles per hour on the descent. The Soaring Eagle Zip Line fleshes out the Haunted Playground, letting visitors fly 750 feet up and back down the mountain on a seated zip line; the Giant Swing offers up to four people a breathtaking sky ride in the darkness. The Haunted Playground is appropriate for all guests, though age, weight and height restrictions do apply.

Back for 2017 is the Broken Skull Pub, located at the Artist Falls Lodge. The fully-licensed lounge will offer an array of draft beer, including Angry Orchard Cider, favorite mixed drinks and favorites from the grill before and after scares. The Broken Skull Pub is open nightly during the Ghoullog and begins serving at 6:30pm.

On Tuesday, October 24, local residents can visit the Ghoullog for just $19 per person. Guests must show proof of residency in Carroll, Coos or Oxford County.
For the final evening of the event, Oct. 28, all lights will be turned off for Ghoullog: Lights Out! Each group will be given a single glow stick to navigate their way through the haunt.

An all-inclusive, Ghoullog Plus package is available, which includes a trip through the Ghoullog and unlimited rides in the Haunted Playground.

Tickets to the Ghoullog are $32 and tickets to the Ghoullog Plus are $44.
Tickets for unlimited rides in the Haunted Playground are $19 for guests under 54 inches and $25 for 54”+.

Discounted rates are available for groups larger than 15, when reserved 48 hours in advance. For group information, please call 603-356-5544 ext. 323.

Advanced reservations for the Ghoullog are highly recommended and can be made online at theghoullog.com or by calling the ticket office at 603-356-5544.

North Conway Library’s Annual Bike For Books- MTB Adventure Rides Fundraiser Sept. 30:  Registration is now OPEN!

Join the North Conway Public Library on Sept. 30 for a day of mountain biking fun at “Bike for Books: Mountain Bike Adventure Rides!” 

Bike for Books offers mountain bikers of all levels a great opportunity to explore the trails in North Conway, NH.  It is a fundraiser for the North Conway Library- the Valley’s free community library, free for all MWV residents.

All routes are self-guided rides on trails clearly marked by Eastside Bike Guides especially for the event, with almost no pavement riding. Signed loops showcase some of the best mountain biking trails in Northern New England for riders of all ages and abilities: two easy loops in Whitaker Woods for kids, families, and novice riders, one long intermediate loop, and several expert loops on technically challenging trails.

Have fun learning new trails at your own pace- on your own or with a group of your friends.  You can bike for an hour or all day; easy or technically difficult routes – it’s your choice!

Riders should be on mountain bikes with knobby tires and children should have some off-road cycling experience.  During the ride we have a snack stop with food & drink mid-course, and a mechanical support tent. After the ride, join other riders for the included pizza lunch, hot soup, fresh coffee, and delicious desserts.

For the second time in its 15-year history, Bike for Books will focus on North Conway’s Eastside for the intermediate and expert rides, while children and beginner riders will enjoy the easy forest trails in Whitaker Woods. The intermediate loop will follow Sticks & Stones, Beaver Fever, the Knot, Swamp, Muffler, Pillar to Pond, and more.  The expert loops include Red Tail Trail, Rattlesnake, Outer Limits, Twilight Zone among others. Almost all riding is off-road, only a short connector is on pavement (approx. ½ mi). North Conway’s Eastside was written up in NEMBA’s “SingleTracks” magazine as one of the great places in New England to mountain bike!

Day-of registration will be held from 8 – 11 a.m. at the Whitaker Woods Homesite in North Conway. Free event water bottles for first 120 riders!  If you want to raise extra money for the North Conway Library’s children’s room, this is an appreciated option and top fundraisers will get prizes.

Registration forms and pledge forms may be downloaded on the library’s website. Online registration is available at BikeReg.com.  FMI go to NorthConwayLibrary.com/BfB or contact the library at (603) 356-2961.

WILDERNESS FIRST AID

Of all the skill sets hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts may possess, backcountry medical training is perhaps the epitome of value. If you hike and spend time in remote locations outside of the “golden hour” (meaning an hour or more from typical urban medical services), dealing with injury or illness at some point — even if it’s not your own — is likely. Getting the proper training will prepare you for this unwelcome eventuality. And do know this: Redline Guiding and SOLO, both, strongly encourage preparedness.

To better add to the intrinsic value of this important education, we’re offering a few specially discounted course opportunities so that you may earn your Wilderness First Aid (WFA)certification. In cooperation with the SOLO School of Wilderness Medicine, we are offering a handful of WFA classes this summer and fall. What follows is the information you’ll need to take advantage of this while you can. We really want you to do this. You learn, everyone wins. Earn your WFA credential this year and be a better hiker and outdoorsman.


Get started today earning your Wild Med Cred… only $149


Course Description

Wilderness First Aid (WFA) is SOLO’s most popular course and it creates a solid foundation in the basics of backcountry medical care. Started as the “Mountain/Woods First Aid” course in 1975, this was the first course of its kind in the United States, and it is the curriculum upon which all other backcountry medicine courses are based.

The WFA course is an intensive 16 hours long (two days), and focuses on the basic skills of:

  • » Response and Assessment
  • » Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • » Environmental Emergencies
  • » Survival Skills
  • » Soft Tissue Injuries
  • » Medical Emergencies

You can also contact Redline Guiding with any questions you may have. Ask us for our thoughts about SOLO and the value of the material they teach.

The Details

» Who can participate?
Open enrollment, co-ed, ages 12 and up (please see *note below about children).
» When are the classes?
We still have openings Sept 2nd-3rd, Oct 21st-22nd, and Nov 11th-12th.
» Where is it held?
These classes will be held on the SOLO campus in Conway (Madison), NH (directions).
» How long is it?
Two full days (16 hours), plus two evening hours if taking the optional CPR/AED course.
» How much does it cost?
Only $149 per person for the WFA course (reg. $175), plus $35 for the optional CPR/AED course.

*Note about children: Minimum age is 12, but please note that this is an adult class so all minor children must be: 1) accompanied by a responsible paying adult; 2) able to behave in an adult-like manner that will not be disruptive to other students; 3) able to test the same as an adult in order to receive course certification.

HIGHWAYMEN TRIBUTE TO PERFORM AT ARTS JUBILEE

Arts Jubilee presents The Highwaymen Live—a musical tribute to the country music super group made up of Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Waylon Jennings—outdoors at Cranmore Mountain this Thursday, August 3rd at 7 pm.

Perhaps the greatest country music super group in history, The Highwaymen traveled the world performing to millions of fans. Concertgoers will watch in amazement as each song, one hit after another, is sung just as if they were seeing the original band perform. This country music tribute show is full of upbeat, honky-tonk hits like Ring of Fire, Dukes of Hazard, and On the Road Again. Relive the glory days when county music was made by Good Men, Country Men, the Highwaymen. The Riley Parkhurst Project—voted ‘Best of the Mount Washington Valley’ in 2017—will be performing the opening concert at 6 pm.

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for students, and free for kids 12 and under. Tickets are available at the gate (we accept cash, Visa, and Mastercard). Please note that there is no seating provided at the venue, but attendees are welcome to bring blankets or set up lawn chairs. There is plenty of free, convenient parking on site. Food and beverages are available on the Zips Pub deck. Arts Jubilee requests that our audience comply with the following Cranmore policy: Dogs, with the exception of leashed service dogs, are not allowed on the property. The concerts are ‘rain or shine’ events, so we advise concertgoers to come prepared as they would for any outdoor events. Cranmore Mountain is located at 239 Skimobile Road in North Conway, NH. For more information.

Seek The Peak Hike-a-thon for Mount Washington Observatory

On Friday, July 21st-Saturday, July 22nd, participate in the largest annual fundraiser for the Mount Washington Observatory at the Annual Seek the Peak Hike-a-Thon.

Hike the beautiful and challenging Mount Washington, explore the White Mountains Region of New Hampshire, raise money for a good cause, win prizes, meet and join other outdoor enthusiasts, enjoy the outdoor expo tents, explore the Weather Discovery Center, meet the staff of the observatory, dine and party with participants, and most importantly – SEEK YOUR PEAK! 

There is a $10 registration fee per person, and this fee counts towards the minimum $200 fundraising goal. Ask your network of family and friends to pledge you during the event and tell them about the cause! Participants may register in teams of up to 8 people.

There are many ways to win prizes! The first 500 participants to raise $200 earn an exclusive Seek the Peak backpack and T-shirt. Join the event as a team to earn special prizes as the top fundraising team or the most spirited team, among other categories. For each fundraising milestone, starting at $200 and exceeding $20,000, participants may win select prizes for each milestone and are entered to win other fabulous prizes for their accomplishments. To see the full list of incentives, visit https://www.mountwashington.org/seek-the-peak/prizes.aspx.

In addition to pledges, interested businesses may purchase sponsorships for the event. The sponsorship categories are as follows:

  • Presenting Sponsor: $12,500
  • Gold Sponsor: $5,000
  • Silver Sponsor: $2,500
  • Bronze Sponsor: $1,000
  • In-Kind Sponsors ($1,000+)
  • In-Kind Sponsors (Under $1,000)
  • Team Sponsor: $2,000

For more information on sponsorships, visit https://www.mountwashington.org/seek-the-peak/sponsorship.aspx.

Since Seek the Peak was established in 2001, this great event has raised over $1.6 million for the nonprofit Observatory, helping it maintain its famous weather station on the summit of Mount Washington and continue its important work collecting weather data, performing research, and educating the public about the science of climate and weather.

For more information, or to register, visit https://www.mountwashington.org/seek-the-peak/. Pack your gear – the mountains are calling!

Cranmore Scores with Weekly Knockerball this Summer

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEDIA CONTACT: Rebecca Deschenes
Media@Cranmore.com

NORTH CONWAY, NH – Knockerball North Conway will be making its Cranmore debut this July on Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the summer. The “Grand Opening” will be part of Cranmore’s Americana Celebration on Tuesday, July 4th.

Organized “KnockerSoccer” games will take place in an 80ft by 40ft inflatable arena at the base of Cranmore’s North Slope. Open to guests 48” and up, 3 rounds of 4 minute games are played with up to 30 players during each time slot. Games start every half hour starting at 10am until 4:30pm. A variety of organized games can be played based on the number, size and age of participants.

A Knockerball is an inflatable ball with inner handles and adjustable shoulder straps, which is worn like a backpack. The ball is designed with multiple sheets of a higher grade durable TPU plastic and tension cups and cords, which allows participants to knock each other around without feeling trauma from the blow. Knockerball or “bubble soccer” has been gaining traction in Europe, Australia, Japan and elsewhere.


“We introduced KnockerBall to the Mount Washington Valley last summer and have seen a huge increase in popularity of the game.” said Matthew Milliken of KnockerBall, North Conway. “We guarantee a great time, and games normally break down into absolute laughter- it’s hysterical to watch and play.” he continued.

“We continue to seek ways to enhance our summer events and are excited to offer this unique and fun game as an ongoing piece of our events calendar.” said Cranmore President and GM, Ben Wilcox.

KnockerBall is valid with the purchase of a $13 Cranmore single ride ticket, or $65 6-pack of transferable tickets. A $10 upgrade can be purchased as an add-on to a Mountain Adventure Park, Aerial Adventure Park, Combo ticket or Summer Season Pass. Tickets can be purchased at Cranmore’s Ticket Office. Games are supervised and monitored at all times by trained staff to ensure safety of participants. Closed toed shoes are required. Games may be suspended due to heavy rain, high winds and thunder and lightning. For more information, visit http://www.knockerballnorthconway.com/.

 

Mt. Washington Valley Golf Tournament Tees Up for the 16th Year!

For Immediate Release

Contact: Scott Gleason, scott@MtWashingtonValley.org

May 23, 2017

 

mwvcc golf tournament.pngTee off with friends at the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce’s 16th Annual Golf Tournament on Friday, June 16th, at the North Conway Country Club. This is a fun, scramble format tournament for golfers of all abilities and a wonderful way to kick off Father’s Day weekend. To register, visit www.golfmwv.com or contact Scott Gleason at 978-758- 1039.

Registration opens at 7:45am and runs until 8:50am, with announcements at 8:50am and the shotgun start at 9:00am. The tournament has a planned five-hour playing time, and convenes for a 2:00pm barbecue lunch where winners will be announced and players can bid on a silent auction. Players can register as individuals for $120.00, or as teams of four, for $400.00.

Last year’s popular Event’s Punch Card returns for this tournament and can be purchased for $25 with your online or day of play registration. The card allows entry to various on-course events and includes raffle tickets, mulligans and, NEW this year, the Hole #10 Golf Ball Launcher sponsored by Eastern Propane & Oil to exclusively benefit MWV Leadership scholarship assistance programs. You get to shoot your own ball, hopefully, onto the green 354 yards away.

In addition to awards, and raffles, there are many “Hole-in- One” prizes to win, sponsored by members of the community. Crest Auto World is sponsoring Hole #4, where the first player to hit a hole-in- one will win a 2017 Fiat 500. Profile Power Sports is sponsoring Hole #13, where the first player to hit a hole-in- one will win an ATV. Other Hole-in- One prizes include a set of Titleist Irons, and a $750 Gift Certificate for North Conway Country Club Pro Shop.

“The annual Chamber golf tournament is all about having fun. While we’re all there to play, and improve our handicap, we get to enjoy friends and colleagues, a fantastic course, delicious lunch and a fun event to spend time with Dad,” says Scott Gleason, event coordinator for the tournament.

Golf sponsorship opportunities are open to businesses looking to maximize their exposure in front of the community, with a fit for any budget. Businesses can have its name and logo on tee signs, the golf tournament website and more, depending on what level of participation business owners are interested in.

Tournament sponsors include Crest Auto World, Profile Power Sports, Chalmer’s Insurance Group, Eastern Propane & Oil, White Mountain Dental Associates, Coca-Cola, Fields of Ambrosia and TD Bank.

For more information on the Mt. Washington Valley’s 16th Annual Golf Tournament registration or sponsorship, contact Scott Gleason at 978-758- 1039, or visit www.golfmwv.com.

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About the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce

The Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit organization whose mission is to strategically market Mt. Washington Valley as the premier New England vacation destination while fostering a business climate that promotes growth and collaboration in member communities and while protecting the area’s natural beauty.

Mt. Washington Guided Alpine Garden Tour

Saturday, June 10th, 2017, 8:30 AM – 4 PM is your opportunity to take a tour of Mt. Washington’s beautiful and world famous Alpine Garden! See the rare plants of the Northeast’s highest peak, learn about the alpine zone’s ecology, and the history of the mountain during this full day tour with Redline Naturalist Guide Liz Wyman.

The tour begins with a drive up the historic Mt. Washington Auto Road in a comfortable 12-passenger van. Following the drive, participants will embark on a 2-mile hike loop above the treeline through the alpine garden to the Mt. Washington summit.

There will be stops along the way to learn about the natural and cultural history of Mt. Washington, to identify alpine plants, and to explore summit buildings. Hikers will explore the Tip Top House, the Mt. Washington Observatory, the Sherman Adams Visitor Center, and the Extreme Mt. Washington Museum on this excursion.

Hikers may purchase lunch in the summit cafeteria or pack their own picnic lunch for the day. After relaxing at the summit and learning about Mt. Washington’s history, participants will descent the auto road by the comfortable 12-passenger van.

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While interested individuals are welcome to register, please keep in mind that this tour involves a moderately strenuous hike on steep, rocky terrain above treeline with unpredictable weather. Even though it is spring (and almost summer!) here in the Mt. Washington Valley, winter-like conditions and high winds are possible on Mt. Washington during every month of the year. The tour will happen rain or shine.

For these reasons, Redline Guiding asks that hikers come prepared. Please dress appropriately: warm, approved layers (no cotton), rain gear, well-treaded shoes or boots, hat, and gloves. Rental gear is available. It is also highly recommended that participants bring snacks and plenty of water for the hike.

Preregistration for this tour is required. The cost per person for this tour is $149, which includes round-trip transportation (a $62 value). To book this tour, visit http://redlineguiding.com/book-now/ and select “Nature Tour (Full Day)” from the menu on the booking page and choose June 10th for the tour date. 

For more information about the tour, visit http://redlineguiding.com/2017/05/guided-tour-of-the-alpine-garden/.

Mt. Washington Valley Riders Present 2017 Rally in the Valley

The Mt. Washington Valley Riders present their 10th Annual Rally in the Valley event to benefit the Valley Riders Scholarship Fund for Trade School Students. Join the Valley Riders for a week of guided scenic rides, dining experiences, live entertainment and fun for a cause Saturday, June 10th through Saturday, June 17th.

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2017 Rally in the Valley Schedule

  • Saturday, June 10 – Guided scenic ride leaves from Bea’s Cafe 50 White Mtn. Hwy. (Route 16) Conway at 10:00 am and will return to Abenaki Trail restaurant and pub at 4:00 pm for live entertainment and promos.
  • Sunday, June 11 – Guided scenic ride will leave from Bea’s Cafe 50 White Mtn. Hwy (Route 16) Conway at 10:00 am and will return to McGraths Tavern in North Conway at 4:00 pm for live entertainment and promos.
  • Monday,  June 12 – Guided scenic rides leaves from Bea’s Cafe 50 White Mtn. Hwy. (Route 16) in Conway at 10:00 and will return to Wildcat Tavern in Jackson Village at 4:00 pm for live entertainment featuring and promos.
  • Thursday, June 15 – Guided scenic ride leaves from Bea’s Cafe 50 White Mtn. Hwy. (Route 16) Conway at 10:00 and will return to The Red Parka Pub in Glen at 4:00 pm for live entertainment and promos.
  • Friday, June 16 – Guided scenic rides leaves from Bea’s Cafe 50 White Mtn. Hwy. (Route 16) Conway at 10:00 am and will return to Horsefeathers in North Conway at 4:00 pm for live entertainment and promos.
  • Saturday, June 17–  Guided ride leaves from Bea’s Cafe 50 white Mtn Hwy (Route 16) in Conway  at 10:00 am. to Ride to L-A Harley,  Mention “Rally in the Valley” for free lunch and 10% off any purchase. Return to Abenaki trail restaurant and pub at 4:00 for live entertainment and promos.

For more information, email the Mt. Washington Valley Riders at valleyriders@yahoo.com or visit their website at https://www.rallyinthevalley.net.

rally in the valleyAbout the Mt. Washington Valley Riders

Mt. Washington Valley Riders is a New Hampshire not-for-profit motorcycle riding club formed in 2011 for the purpose of promoting motorcycle riding in the Mt. Washington Valley area and providing scholarships for local high school graduates.  Every year, Mount Washington Valley Riders hosts Rally in the Valley during Bike Week in June in order to raise money for our scholarship fund specifically designated to help valley children pursuing higher education in the trades.  Each year, Rally in the Valley brought hundreds of bikers and non-bikers to our area that otherwise would have spent their time and money elsewhere in the state during bike week.  It’s also an opportunity for individuals to show they care about helping our kids pursue their dreams.​  Contact us and join us anytime you are in the area for exciting rides and a good cause.