NORMAN — More than 1,000 Harley-Davidson motorcycle riders from across the region are expected in Norman this week for the 29th annual Oklahoma State HOG Rally.
The rally, which starts Thursday and runs through Saturday, will be at the Embassy Suites Convention Center.
Registration will open at 2 p m. Thursday. Registration is $35.
During the annual rally, riders will take part in a variety of activities, games and tests of riding skills, a bike show and observation rides. Concerts all three nights will feature bands Evolution Underground, That 80’s Band and Deja Vu.
Fort Thunder Harley-Davidson, 500 SW 11th St. in Moore, will welcome riders with a party Thursday night. The kick-off party will include live music.
“The Hooters girls will be serving beer, and we will be doing a fashion show and a parts showcase that evening,” said Andy Pro, Fort Thunder marketing manager.
The rally is at different locations each year, and Fort Thunder is happy to be hosting it this year, Pro said.
“They say (there) will be over 400 people,” Pro said. “On that night, there will also be motorcycle dyno drag racing. It’s a machine that simulates actual drag racing. Your bike actually doesn’t move, but it will take your RPMs and tell you how fast your bike can go.”
Fort Thunder will have the dyno drag racing machine on site. Using the machine is free for participants. Motoclothes manager Ashli Mehrabian will coordinate the Fort Thunder fashion show.
“We have our new fall line of Harley Davidson motorclothes that will be showcased during the fashion show,” Pro said.
The parts showcase, organized by Fort Thunder parts manager John Schmitz, will highlight the new and upcoming parts and accessories, Pro said.
The three-day rally will offer free food, vendors, seminars and activities. New this year will be a Rodeo Skills competition Friday, where riders will complete a course of tight turns and maneuvers.
Friday night, the feature event will be a 30th Birthday Bash at the Embassy Suites in Norman.
The party will conclude Saturday night with closing ceremonies and another concert.
“It is great to be able to be in Norman and Moore,” Rally coordinator Donna Hingtgen said. “We had many of our HOG family affected by the recent tornadoes, and we are happy to be able to not only celebrate 30 years of HOG and 110 years of Harley-Davidson, but also to celebrate the resilience and determination of Oklahomans as we rebuild.”
The rally is open to HOG members and their guests. Harley owners can join HOG at the rally. The public is welcome to visit the vendor area at Fort Thunder Harley-Davidson.
Next year’s rally will be hosted in Claremore.
For more information, visit okstatehogrally.com or call 580-763-4963.