Two family friendly events will see an influx of bikers gather socially on the Liverpool Plains in coming weeks. Both events are proudly supported by Liverpool Plains Shire Council. The first of the events will be the Bikers Australia Pigs ‘n Pines Run which will make Spring Ridge base from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 March. The second, the Magpie Bike Fest, will take place April 28 to May 1.
There will be a bike show, music and meals at The Royal Hotel Spring Ridge
LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope, said he was looking forward to officially opening the proceedings at Spring Ridge. He pointed out that although there would be lots of fun events one of the main aspects of the weekend was as a fundraiser for the Kids With Cancer Foundation and he hoped many people would support this great cause. He said that as with Council’s support for RVers he also looked forward to the economic injection such events bring to the local community.
Chairman of Bikers Australia New England branch, Charlie (CEEJAY) Canham, said the members enjoyed social weekends and mixing with local communities at events such as the one planned for Spring Ridge. He said that local riders are also welcome to come along and be part of the proceedings and families to view events and bikes on display. He said there was a registration $15 donation for bikers which includes a badge and lucky door ticket with proceeds going to the Kids With Cancer Foundation.
The program of events for the weekend starts with registration at the oval and music at the Royal until late on Friday. On Saturday 25 registrations continue with the Bike Show held outside the Royal between 10am and 3pm, the offical opening being at 11am. People events at the oval will include 5 to a team tug-o-war, a rolling pin toss, a gumboot toss, a helmet toss and tyre pull. Bike events will be held next to the oval and include a slow race, a keg roll, witches hat slalom and slalom race between witches hat with pillion to collect tennis balls and drop in bucket. Adult winners will receive a bottle of wine and young winners a gift.
A special event will be a bikers vs locals cricket match, 4 – 7pm, and riders who would like to participate should let the organisers know when registering so teams can be formed. There will be meals at the Royal between 6.30 and 9.30pm, with trophy presentation, major auction and lucky door prize drawn between 7 and 8pm.
There will be free camping plus showers and toilets at the campground, with free breakfast Saturday and Sunday.There will be some eskys provided for those who wish to keep a cold drink at the oval and a bus running between the oval and the hotel. Those wanting more info can call CEEJAY on 0459 614 274.
Councillor Hope said the Magpie Bike Fest at the end of April is an inaugural event to be held in Quirindi.
“The majority of the events will be centred around the Caravan Park Precinct and will include events such as a Show and Shine and Poker Run raising money for a local charity plus guided tours around the Liverpool Plains. Camping sites which include showers and toilets will cost $10 per person per night. Another feature of the weekend will be a Motorcycle Film Festival at the Quirindi Royal Theatre. You can book for this now at www.trybooking.com/PBEE or call 6746 1755. We’ll have lots more info available as the event draws closer,” he continued.
“Council is proud to support both of these events so they can be kept low cost or free. The more people we attract to the area who have a good time, the more word of mouth promotion we receive that helps encourage people to return to the area during quieter times,” he concluded.