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Americade rolls into area with record event lineup

LAKE GEORGE Tens of thousands of motorcyclists will be wheeling into the region this week, to partake in the expo-browsing, new-model gawking, fun socializing, seminar-sitting and most of all the two-wheeled tours of Americade 2008. This years edition of the worlds largest and most renowned tour motorcycle rally features the most events ever, plus exhibits and demonstrations from the greatest number of motorcycle manufacturers in the events history, organizer Bill Dutcher said. New this year is the Friday night Americade Block Party that the Village of Lake George is throwing for Americaders to celebrate the riders loyalty to Americade, and the events longevity in Lake George. The Block Party will be held from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday along Canada St. Two bands will be performing, one in Shepard Park, the other in Blais Park behind the visitors center at Beach Rd. Headlining the event will be the ever-popular, legendary Stony Creek Band. The event includes a variety of street performers. Also new this year is an Americade Scavenger Hunt, in which motorcyclists will be looking for various items in 10 neighboring communities. Also, Roaring Brook Resort, Americades headquarters, will be holding a comedy night, including a Canadian hypnotist. Motorcyclists are also sure to appreciate the acrobatics of Americades headline attraction this year Chris Pfeiffer, the indoor streetbike Freestyle World Champion who will be performing Saturday following the traditional parade up Prospect Mountain. This is the first performance ever for Pfeiffer in the northeastern U.S. Also Americades TourExpo is larger than ever, and more than 50 seminars on vital topics will be offered. Dutcher said Americade has seen about as many advance reservations this year as in past record-setting years, despite the faltering U.S. economy and soaring fuel prices. He said that increased participation from Canadian motorcyclists plus loyalty from long-time Americaders has kept the event at record levels. Other motorcycle events, he said, like the famed Daytona rally, were down as much as 35 percent this year, according to news reports. Its satisfying to see that Americaders are bucking the economic trend and are coming to the Lake George region by the tens of thousands as they always have, he said. Our 200-plus volunteers are looking forward to seeing them again and sharing good times.

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