Rally about more than cycles

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 12, 2004

If the rumble of an engine isn't enough music for your ears, you're in luck this weekend as a number of live bands will perform at the Rally on the River.

"There's never been an event like this downtown," said Rick McKnight, co-founder of the Friends of Ironton and entertainment coordinator for the rally. "We've got something for everybody."

The Rally will begin Friday afternoon and continue through Sunday. Featuring two motorcycle poker runs, a motorcycle show, a car show and live music, the free event is organized by the Friends of Ironton group.

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The musical fun will begin at 6 p.m. Friday as a karoake contest organized by Wayne and Carol Pennington gets under way downtown.

Third Street in downtown will be blocked off and the main stage will rest across Third between the End Zone and Integrity Jeep.

"It's perfect because the End Zone is the only one who has an outside beverage permit," McKnight said.

Following the karaoke, local band Fat Mac Daddy will take the main stage until 11:30 p.m.

At that point the musical entertainment heads indoors with bands Night Shift playing at Frogtown and Steel Horse playing at the Laidback.

Saturday as the motorcycle and car shows get rolling, the music will crank back up with Screaming Death playing at the downtown stage at 2 p.m., followed by Night Shift at 4:45 p.m. and the local band The Fugitives taking centerstage at 8 p.m.

"They're great," McKnight said. "They'll play music from the '60s and early '70s."

The Fugitives, a long-time Ironton favorite, features Tim Kleinman, Todd Smith, Danny Young, Greg Sierer and Jeff Preston.

"The whole event is well-thought out," McKnight said. "We're trying our best to do something for Ironton."

All of the proceeds from the events will be given back to the city through a number of charitable endeavors. Recent Friends of Ironton events have helped purchase bullet-resistant vest for the police department and new street signs for the area.

"In no way is anybody gaining anything personally from this," McKnight said. "We're doing this out of love for the city of Ironton."