Motorcycles return for Killington Classic

KILLINGTON Killington Chamber of Commerce announced the return of the Killington Classic Motorcycle Touring Rally Thursday, Sept. 4 through Sunday, Sept. 7. This four-day event brings hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts to the region, including downtown Rutland, for a weekend of activities, entertainment, camaraderie and group rides. Registration is free. First organized by Kev-Marv Productions six years ago, this years event marks the first collaborative project between the Killington Chamber of Commerce and the newly formed Killington Department of Economic Development & Tourism (E.D.T.). The E.D.T. was formed by the Town of Killington to increase the number of year-round special events in the resort town, and to take the lead in the organization and promotion of those events. We are excited to be working with the E.D.T. to keep the Killington Classic and other events like it here in Killington, said Chris Karr, president of the Killington Chamber of Commerce. This is a collaborative effort, between the Chamber, the E.D.T., Rutland Downtown Partnership, and the state of Vermont to maintain and grow an important event. Hopefully, this is the first of many. Gov. Jim Douglas will ride in Fridays parade to Rutland along with escorts from state and local police and other dignitaries. The parade begins at 5 p.m. and attracts thousands of residents and spectators along the 12-mile ride on Route 4. When the parade arrives in Rutland, it will be greeted by a block party sponsored by the Downtown Rutland Partnership. In addition to the activities in and immediately around Killington, many individuals and groups take self-guided motorcycle tours throughout the region. Within easy riding distance are many attractions including the Vermont Country Store in Weston, the famous Rock of Ages Quarry in Graniteville, and the Bennington Battle Monument. Killington ClassicSchedule of Events: Thursday, Sept. 4 12-8 p.m. Registration, the Killington Chamber of Commerce 4 p.m. Welcome Party, The Pasta Pot, Killington Friday, Sept. 5 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Registration, The Killington Chamber of Commerce. Morning Freedom Run. 2 p.m. Bike Show, the Lookout Tavern, Killington 5 p.m. Grand Parade to Rutland with Governor James Douglas. Evening Free Admission to Rutland Fair for Registered Bikers. 9 p.m. Casino Night, Grist Mill Restaurant, Killington. Saturday, Sept. 6 Morning Veterans Freedom Run. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration, The Killington Chamber of Commerce. 1-9 p.m. Pig Roast, Moguls Sports Pub, Killington. 9 p.m. Concert, the Pickle Barrel. Sunday, Sept. 7 8 a.m. Pancake Breakfast and Awards, Wallys Diner, Killington.

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