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- June 2009
A Father’s Day Tradition: The 23rdAnnual Cavalier Motorcycle Ride-In
Witten By: Stephanie Harris
The open road. Good food. Making memories. Sound like your summer style?
If so, the Cavalier Motorcycle Ride-In is something to keep on your radar. Cavalier, North Dakota hosts the awesome motorcycle event on Father’s Day Weekend, June 14th and 15th: the 23rdAnnual Cavalier Motorcycle Ride-In.
On a bike, or in the car, this ride will be full of adventure, and it offers something for everyone.
Rachel Morrison, Cavalier Motorcycle Riding Committee President and Director of the Cavalier Chamber of Commerce, explained the main idea of the Cavalier Motorcycle Ride-In, “We have always wanted to focus on our community and the Rendezvous Region. It’s a hidden gem with scenic routes, downtown shopping, and entertainment with bands and bars. It’s a place you can meet your friends in a cool atmosphere. We hear so many stories about people who meet one another and camp together for years after they meet. It’s these connections and memories that make the experience unique.”
This Father’s Day, take a trip with family and friends while making memories and meeting new people. If you’re leaving from the Sioux Falls area, we’ve discovered a couple of stops that make this road trip about the journey in addition to the destination.
Stop 1: Stretch your legs at the Terry Redlin Museum in Watertown, South Dakota, just off the interstate. Admission is free, and the painted landscapes of South Dakota offer beautiful perspectives of the Midwest.
Stop 2: Stop at the Würst Bier Hall, just a few miles off the interstate in Downtown Fargo for some mouth-watering German food and refreshing local brews. The Downtown Fargo scene has a lot more to offer than a quick break from the ride. Go exploring (and get a little exercise) before you hop back on the bike.
The Cavalier Motorcycle Ride-In organizers have a kick-off party set up in Grand Forks, North Dakota, and they are hoping to create a kick-off party in Fargo as well. Check the website (cavaliermotorcycleridein.com) for updates on when and where to meet up with other riders along the way.
Destination: Once you get to Cavalier, a variety of food vendors will be serving food from BBQ, to Mexican fare, to brats and smoked meats; this event offers diverse styles of foods that Dads and their families are bound to love. Other motorcycle-related vendors will also be set up, offering leathers, pin striping, radios, gear, parts, chaps, and even tattoos.
Main Street Cavalier shopping includes He-Mart Sporting Goods, Blue Fox Coffeehouse, Cavalier Thrift Store, Thompson’s Café, Justine’s Jewelry and Gifts, Main Street Floral and Fudge, Wayne’s Variety, and Studio Elan, a beauty and wellness co-op.
There will be an outdoor bar in addition to Sammy’s Bar, The Back Alley, and the Cedar Inn. A Dial-a-Ride Service is available for anyone to call on Friday or Saturday night. If you’re going, save the number – 701.520.9040. Don’t forget to tip your drivers!
If you’re looking for a place to stay in town, Ride-In attendees have access to free tenting and camper parking at the football field parking lot.
Chris Berry, Marketing and Sponsorship Committee Chair shared, “On Friday night, there is a scavenger hunt run, and most of the clues lead riders to local watering holes. Saturday morning, we have our big run. Last year, we had over 300 bikes for the group run, which was just over 80 miles around the area.”
For your entertainment, Fargo bands – Ditching Delmer, Classic Rock Redemption, and Back for More – are lighting up the stage while a few thousand bikes line the street on Friday night and Saturday late morning and afternoon. Biker games and a live auction keep the energy of this event revved up.
The town’s population is approximately 1,300 people, and its location is key.
“The really cool thing about our area is its close proximity of Winnipeg; we have access to 1.2 million people within a 160-mile radius not including the Fargo/Moorhead area,” Morrison said.
“Last year, our farthest travelers were from Texas and Pennsylvania. We also have quite the Canadian following – and they know how to have fun. Everyone is so fun, friendly, and accommodating. It seems people always come back because they have made so many friends,” Berry added.
Morrison explained that even those who don’t own or ride a motorcycle are welcome to come. “I don’t have a bike, and I participate as much as can. It’s a free event and there is plenty to do and see without a bike!”
So, tell everyone you know: The Cavalier Motorcycle Ride-In is the place to be this Father’s Day weekend.
For more information, check the event website: cavaliermotorcycleridein.com
-Live Auction Raffle Tickets Available: the auction for a 2019 Harley Davidson Street Glide Special from Fargo Harley Davidson will take place on Saturday.
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