3, 2006 - City of Knoxville Mayor Haslam, county officials
and representatives from the Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation
announced today that Knoxville has been chosen to host the 2007
Harley Owners Group® CLUB H.O.G. Down Home 24th Annual Rally
which will take place at Knoxville's Chilhowee Park, August 23-25,
"We're delighted that the Harley Owners Group® has selected
Knoxville as the site of its 2007 National H.O.G. Rally," said Knoxville
Mayor Bill Haslam. "Harley riders come from all walks of life and
are united by their passion for riding the quintessential American
machine. We're looking forward to welcoming them to town next August."
"Knoxville will see a substantial impact from next summer's National
H.O.G. Rally. We are expecting more than 15,000 attendees and an
economic impact of approximately $16.2 million," said Gloria Ray,
KTSC President and CEO.
National H.O.G. Rally will feature events mostly for registered
H.O.G. member attendees only, but the local community will be invited
to attend the "Early Bird Party" on August 23 at the Smoky Mountain
Harley-Davidson & Buell dealership in Maryville, Tenn.
Additionally, on August 26, the Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson
& Buell dealership will attempt to break its Guinness World
Record Burn Out with more than 213 motorcycles doing simultaneous
burn outs on the grounds of the dealership.
"H.O.G. members should be prepared to arrive early and stay late
to experience all of the scenery and unique events over the weekend
of the rally," said Joe Dowd, manager of the H.O.G. Event Team.
"Steeped in Americana and Smoky Mountain lore, Knoxville and the
Great Smoky Mountains offer some of the best motorcycle riding in
the country," said Dowd.