High expectations for Americade '11

"This guy's the 'real deal,' - he's not only a nationally-ranked comedian, he's a motorcyclist," Dutcher said.

Also featured will be a stunt bike show by nationally known trials champion Geoff Aaron, with demonstrations at 6 and 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday evenings in front of Fort William Henry, and the shows are free to registered Americaders.

Also, Americade's TourExpo is larger than prior years - Dutcher said it's a sellout - 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 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 famed motorcycle events, he said, have been down as much as 35 percent in the last several years.

"It's satisfying to see that Americaders 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."

Tuesday, Lake George Town Supervisor Frank McCoy extended a welcome to Americaders. The rally is estimated to inject more than $40 million into the region's economy annually.

"We extend a warm welcome to motorcyclists attending Americade 2001, and urge you to fully enjoy your stay here, experiencing our diverse array of cultural attractions and the outstanding natural beauty," he said.

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