June 20, 2007 - For the seventh consecutive
year, Knoxville welcomes more than 16,000 motorcycle enthusiasts to
town June 20-23 for the 14th annual Honda Hoot, one of the largest
organized multi-brand motorcycle rallies in the nation.
Honda Hoot creates a wonderful reunion-like atmosphere for attendees
on vacation from across the country, the variety of activities and
events - from vendor exhibits to demo rides, from organized self-guided
tours to street parties - offer lots of fun for area residents,
too. In fact, Thursday, June 21 is "Tennessee Day." Guests presenting
a valid Tennessee drivers license can purchase a daily pass
for just $7, more than half off the regular price.
Additionally, Honda Hoot features planned rides every day for all
registered attendees. Planned rides includes tours to Roan Mountain,
Cumberland Gap and the "Cherohala Scenic Skyway Ride"
that climbs over a mile high into the Blue Ridge and snakes through
the legendary Deals Gap.
the Back to the 50's Party
to the 2007 Honda Hoot
The demonstration rides at the Honda Hoot offer a unique opportunity
to experience dozens of brand-new bikes. On-site motorcycle professionals
will show off all the neat bells and whistles of new BMW, Triumph,
Victory and Honda models and will also provide guided tours.
Attendees may also enjoy a riverboat breakfast cruise on the Star
of Knoxville riverboat and whitewater rafting on the Pigeon River,
among other activities.
This years event will feature several "street parties,"
which are a chance for Honda Hoot attendees to enjoy Knoxville after
a long day of East Tennessee motorcycle riding. On Wednesday, June
20, "Bike Night" will take place in Worlds Fair
Park from 6-10 p.m., featuring live music, games and concessions.
Then, on Thursday, June 21, the Civic Coliseum will open its doors
for the "Knoxville Icon Contest and Back to the 50s"
party, where event attendees may enjoy music, dancing and a singing
contest where the winner will be crowned "Knoxville Icon."
Finally, on Saturday, June 23, from 4-11 p.m., Saturday Night
on the Square" will take place on downtown Knoxvilles
Gay Street and Market Square, featuring four stages of live music,
a ferris wheel and an "Artist Alley," where local artists
will exhibit their artwork. "Saturday Night On the Square"
is free and open to the public.
Honda Hoot general activities begin daily, rain or shine, at Knoxvilles
Chilhowee Park at 8:30 a.m. Daily passes are $15 and include a one-day
pass to the vendor expo, demo rides, and access to other activities
within the park. For general information about Honda Hoot, please
visit www.hondahoot.com online or call the Knoxville Tourism &
Sports Corporation (KTSC) at (865) 523-7263.
Officials with the KTSC project that the 2007 Honda Hoot will bring
approximately $23.1 million of economic impact into the Knoxville/Knox