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Rally on the River kicks off Thursday in Ironton


The 13th annual Rally on the River is set to kick off this week.

The three-day festival for motorcycle enthusiasts is organized by the Friends of Ironton and will run from Aug. 18-20.

Admission is $20, which is good for all weekend, Suzie Hamlin, of Friends of Ironton, said.

This year’s event will take place at two locations downtown. The main stage, set up at Park Avenue and Second Street, and there will be a second stage, next to the Ro-Na Theater.

Hamlin said donations will be collected throughout the event to benefit flood victims in West Virginia, and that all proceeds from the poker run will go toward that cause.

All proceeds from the rally itself will go toward the restoration and renovation of the Ro-Na, she said.

A sanctioned boxing event, featuring Travis “Rattlesnake” Hanshaw; Phil Yates, the Kentucky Brawler; Huey “War Machine” Contreras; and Tom “Hillbilly” Hanshaw is planned for Saturday.

In addition to the events, Hamlin said numerous vendors will be on hand, selling, food, clothing, bike parts and doing pinstriping.

“There’s going to be some good Bar-B-Q,” she said.

50/50 raffle tickets will be sold throughout the rally at the farmers market, with a drawing set for 8 p.m. Saturday.

A pig roast is scheduled for Friday, and all law enforcement are invited as a thank you for their service. They must wear their uniforms.

The rally has several business sponsors, including Glockner Dealerships, the Coca-Cola Bottling Company and Serv-Pro.

More information can be found at www.rallyontheriver.net.

The schedule for the event is as follows:



8 a.m. – biker breakfast – Peddler’s restaurant

6 p.m. performance by Vengenz – main stage

8 p.m. – performance by Another Lost Year – main stage

10:30-midnight – performance by Boba Flex – main stage



3:30 p.m. Car show – at Ironton Hills

4 p.m. – performance by Tailg8 – main stage

5:30-7 p.m. – Pig roast – free for law enforcement who wear their uniform, all others $10, 312 S. Third Street by Ro-Na

6 p.m. performance by Ashes Arose – main stage

8 p.m. – Boxing event weigh-in – second stage

8 p.m. – performance by Split Nixon – main stage

10:30 p.m-midnight, performance by Red Sun Rising, main stage



8 a.m. – Bikers breakfast – at rally gate next to Ro-Na, $5

9 a.m.- 11 a.m. – Christ Episcopal Church will serve coffee and donuts at the white house across from the church on Park Avenue.

10 a.m. – grounds open

12:30 p.m. – Poker run, departs at Park Avenue and Second Street

4 p.m. performance by God’s Dirt – main stage

4 p.m. – motorcycle field event – Washington Street, between Second Street and the bridge

5:30 p.m. – Parade of Heroes

6 p.m. – Tribute to military

6:30 p.m. Battle of the Bands winner Axis – main stage

7 p.m. Boxing – at tent next to Ro-Na

8 p.m. – 50-50 main raffle

8:30 p.m.-10 p.m., performance by Geneva, main stage

10:30 p.m.-midnight – performance by Drowning Pool, main stage

1 a.m. – grounds close