The Elmore Historical Society and A.B.A.T.E. of Ohio Region # 7 are putting the final touches on plans for the 17th annual Grub ‘n Suds Motorcycle Rally being held Saturday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at Depot Park in Elmore.
A.B.A.T.E. –American Bikers Aimed Toward Education – is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving the rights, improving the image of, and promoting safe operating practices of Ohio motorcyclists.
The day’s activities will kick off with the A.B.A.T.E. “Headless Motorcycle Poker Run.” The first 100 registrants will receive a free 2013 edition of the Grub ‘n Suds collector’s mug. Registration for the poker run will be at 10 a.m. at Depot Park.
Public judging for the A.B.A.T.E. Bike Show will also begin at 10 a.m. Motorcycles will be judged in six classes – custom, historical, cruisers, sport, rat and touring. Winners of each class will be showcased in the “Parade of Champions,” which will be held during the band break between 3 and 5 p.m. at the stage.
As the name implies, the festival will include a wide array of stick-to-your-ribs grub, including grilled burgers, fresh hand-cut French fries, hot dogs, Coney dogs, cole slaw, baked beans, pop and homemade pies. As always, lots of ice cold beer by the glass or pitcher will be on tap.
Great music has always been a hallmark of the Grub ‘n Suds events. This year, “Eleventh Hour” will kick off the entertainment with classic rock and roll on stage from noon-3 p.m.. Their music will lead into one of the biggest draws of the Grub ‘n Suds every year – the A.B.A.T.E. Bike Games, which will be held between band performances from 3-5 p.m.
Riders will be able to participate in various games, including “Bite the Dog,” “Potato in the Straw,” “Slow Rider,” “Egg Drop” and “Keg Roll” contests.
After the bike games, raffle drawing and the “Parade of Champions,” the headlining band “Old School” will get the crowd going with their eclectic mix of rock and roll and classic rock from 5-8 p.m.
In addition, several vendors will be at Depot Park selling everything from jewelry to leather products. New 2014 motorcycle models will also be on display.
To sign up to be a motorcycle-related vendor or to obtain more information, contact Lowell Krumnow at 419-260-1282.