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Americade rally expands, adds stunt shows, parties and cruises

TourExpo extended three days

Touring motorcyclists wait at a stoplight in downtown Lake George during a prior year’s Americade event. This year’s edition — which starts this next week — is expected to attract tens of thousands of  motorcyclists, who will undoubtedly enjoy a variety of new activities and attractions offered.

Touring motorcyclists wait at a stoplight in downtown Lake George during a prior year’s Americade event. This year’s edition — which starts this next week — is expected to attract tens of thousands of motorcyclists, who will undoubtedly enjoy a variety of new activities and attractions offered. Photo by Thom Randall.

— Also new this year is the gravity-defying Globe of Death stunt show, in which two motorcyclists drive their bikes in vertical loops inches from each other. Performances will be held at TourExpo Beach at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday June 4 through Saturday June 8.

Additionally, a freestyle motocross stunt rider will launch off ramps and perform jaw-dropping aerial stunts 30 feet above the ground — in two shows scheduled for 10:50 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Saturday June 8.

Social events popular at rally

Whether it’s browsing for intriguing bike accessories at TourExpo, examining manufacturers’ prototypes, test-driving new models, taking a guided two-wheeled tour into the mountains, or socializing with long-time Americade buddies, motorcyclists will undoubtedly be enjoying the six-day event that is now legendary after 31 years.

Americade offers a wide variety of parties and social events, including Luau and Mardi Gras cruises, plus a new trip by boat to Paradise Bay, as well as a Pig Roast and Hoedown set for Tuesday. Held under a Big Top tent at the Fort, the event includes dancing to the music of Skeeter Creek band.

Also, Americade’s annual appearance by acclaimed motorcyclist/comedian Alonzo Bodden has been expanded to three shows — on Wednesday and Thursday at Towers Hall at Fort William Henry — to accommodate more Americaders, Twyman said.

“Alonzo is just a riot,” she said.

On Thursday at 9:30 p.m., Americade’s new “Festival of Lights” combines a parade of motorcycles with eye-popping special lighting, a fire juggler performing, and several hot-air balloons lighting up.

Biker men finally ‘wising up’

Wednesday features a fashion show that is beginning to attract male bikers — after 30 years of bypassing it — following their discovery that the event includes door prizes totalling $15,000, Twyman said.

Friday night features the annual lively party at Great Escape complete with a live band and fireworks; and on Saturday, a get-together at Wild West Ranch features a motorcycle acrobatics show, plus skydivers plunging onto the premises.

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