By Jamie Shell (

Article Published: May. 3, 2012 | Modified: Jun. 2, 2012

The High Country’s largest and loudest biker extravaganza returns, and it’s bigger and better than ever.

The roar of engines and the sounds of classic rock and roll bands will fill the air for Boone Bike Rally. Bikers far and wide will converge on High Country Fairgrounds, located at 748 Roby Greene Road in Boone, for its inaugural spring rally on Friday and Saturday, June 1 and 2.

Bikers will feel right at home as riders from across the Southeast will have the opportunity to enjoy an array of activities and events throughout the weekend.

“This rally is the only one of its kind in the northwest region of North Carolina,” said Kenny Johnson, promoter and organizer with High Country Outdoor Entertainment Events. “It’s a good weekend getaway from the heat of the lower elevations, and nowhere else will you find the quality of affordable entertainment and companionship geared toward the biker community.”

Boone Bike Rally will feature bike games, traditional rally contests and vendors. Nothing highlights a good rally like soul-stirring rock music.

Lovers of classic rock and roll will not be disappointed, as the fairgrounds will be rocking throughout the two-day extravaganza with live music headlined by Brian Howe, former lead vocalist with Bad Company, who will be rocking the house with familiar band hits, along with classic tunes from the likes of D.B. Bryant Band, Night Eagle, Dice, Problem Child and local favorite Strange Ways.
“We’re going to have a wide variety of talented bands, playing anything from AC/DC to ZZ Top,” Johnson said.

Tickets for Boone Bike Rally cost $15 for Friday’s festivities and $25 for Saturday’s events. A weekend pass for both days is available for $30, a savings of $10 from purchasing both individual daily tickets. Tickets may be purchased in advance online by clicking to

High Country Fairgrounds is located east of Boone adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway. The rally offers a relief from the oppressive heat of the Piedmont and Foothills, as temperatures can vary anywhere from 10 to 20 degrees lower than the lowlands on a summer day.

Camping is available onsite at a cost of $10 for tents and $40 for recreational vehicles with electric hookups (limited sites available so call ahead to reserve a spot.) Coolers will be allowed on premises. This is a BYOB event. No glass bottles or pets are allowed at the rally.

The rally is the first of two scheduled in 2012, as the second annual fall version of Boone Bike Rally will take place on Labor Day weekend, featuring the band, Blackberry Smoke.

Gates open Friday at 1 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. for the spring rally. Boone Bike Rally is a High Country Outdoor Entertainment Events LLC. production. Vendor and sponsorship opportunities are still available for this event.

Biker-friendly activities at High County Fairgrounds will take place throughout this summer. On the first Saturday of each month, beginning at 2 p.m. this Saturday, May 5, there will be ride-ins onsite, with live music at each event.All bikers and brands of cycles are welcome to attend.

For more information, visit online by clicking to, “Like” Boone Bike Rally’s Facebook page at or call Kenny Johnson at (828) 733-8060.

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