Motorcycle rally gets underway in Rutland Country

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(Host) Hundreds of bikers are in Rutland County this weekend for the Killington Classic Motorcycle touring rally. As VPR’s Nina Keck reports, the event is expected to bring in much needed tourism revenue.

(motorcycle starting up)

(Keck) That’s a sound that will be rumbling throughout central Vermont this weekend. Hundreds of motorcycles paraded into downtown Rutland this afternoon and a variety of weekend activities are planned. A local businessman created the Killington Classic six years ago but cash flow problems forced him to quit in 2006. Local business leaders picked up the reigns to keep the event alive. Chris Karr – president of the Killington Chamber of Commerce says this year’s event is being locally underwritten so that bikers won’t have to pay any registration fees.

(Chris Karr) "Faced with gas prices and everything else right now, having a free event and to be able to come up here and enjoy the state at a reasonable price will hopefully attract more and really build some energy – that’s what we’re focusing on."

(Keck) Karr says holding the rally right after the busy Labor Day weekend fills hotels and restaurants during a normally slow period.

For VPR news, I’m Nina Keck in Rutland.


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