The event kicks off on the evening of July 24 with dinner at Waterkotte Harley Davidson, the news release states. Then, the riders will travel to Marion that evening to attend a Southern Illinois Miners Game.
An opening ceremony for the rally will take place at 9 a.m. July 25 at the Holiday Inn. Vendors of all kinds will also be available that day, the release states. The downtown parade begins that evening.
Then, finally, the rally will conclude July 26 with bike games and vendors at the Holiday Inn, the release states.
Hunsell said the event has great tourism potential for the city.
“We hope they come back,” Hunsell said of the riders.
For more information, contact the Mt. Vernon Tourism office at 242-3151. You can also call GWRRA Illinois Assistant District Directors Steve and Diana Gottschalk at 889-5778.