Fraser Valley will host Veterans Rally and Hawgfest third week in August |

Fraser Valley will host Veterans Rally and Hawgfest third week in August

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Mother Nature wont be making the only thunder in Fraser and Winter Park in August, when motorcyclists roll into town and military planes roar overhead.The Salute to Americas Veterans Rally & Festival and Hawgfest will bring excitement to Grand County the third weekend of August, boosters say. Hawgfest is set for Aug. 16 to 17 at the base of Winter Park Resort. The Veterans Rally is scheduled from Friday, Aug. 15, to Sunday, Aug. 17, at Hideaway Park.Both events are going to complement each other, said Maria Chavez, Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce membership services director. Were proud to be able to host Salute to Americas Veterans Rally. The event honoring veterans and servicemen and women on active duty arrived in Winter Park and the Fraser Valley for the first time last year. It was previously held at Cripple Creek for 14 years. More than 10,000 guests attended last years event. Depending on the weather, more people could attend this time, said Jim Wear, rally organizer.We got huge positive feedback from the people who came to the event (last year), he said. Nine out of 10 people or more said how much more they like it.Everything is focused on honoring veterans and the military, Wear said. That remains the mission the mission does not change. The 21st annual POW/MIA Recognition Ride will happen Aug. 16. Participants donate $5 each and receive a pin when they join in the ride.Last year, the motorcyclists took-off at the Inn at Silver Creek. Wear said they could fire up their engines between 10 a.m-10:30 a.m. again this year. The ride takes about half-an-hour.About 2,000 to 5,000 usually join in the ride, Wear said.Many patriotic observers line up around the highway and wave flags. People come out to support the ride, he said. A heartfelt and emotional remembrance ceremony will be occur at noon Saturday at Hideaway Park, Wear said. That is something that everybody ought to see, he said. Weve never heard from anyone who has experienced anything quite like the ceremony its quite unique. A military parade, guest speakers, live music and flyovers also will be a part of the ceremony. Exhibitors, displays and non-profit organizations will attend. The Traveling Vietnam Wall, a tribute to fallen soldiers of that war, will be displayed at the Fraser Valley Sports Complex during the weekend event. People can come to the event with nothing more than gas and money to eat, he said. We never had and dont want to ever have to charge an admission fee.Wear said organizers welcome donor sponsorships from those able to contribute $2,500 to $35,000 to support the rally. For more information visit: or contact the Winter Park-Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce at (970) 726-4118, ext. 202. Hawgfest 2008 will feature the bands Cinderella, Warrant, Lynch Mob, Groove Hawgs and Lynam on Saturday, Aug. 16. Then on Sunday, Aug. 17, Ted Nugent, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and War and Groove Hawgs will perform.The Hawgfest is going to bring in all the people who spend money, Chavez said, Its going to be a great revenue generator for all businesses. The concerts will take place at the Winter Park Ski Area. Doors open at 11 a.m. and the shows begin at noon on Saturday, Aug. 16. Doors also open at 10 a.m. and the music starts as 11 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 17.One day passes are $35 a day, two day Passes are $60, VIP passes are $45 for one day and $85 for two days. Tickets are available online at, and at all Ticketmaster outlets, or by calling (303) 830-TIX (8497) or (719) 520-9090.Fraser-Winter Park Police Chief Glen Trainor said extra police officials will be on hand at the events.We have to bring in additional officers from different agencies to help us out, he said. Its not going to cause a problem for us to have them both weekends These people are all very supportive of veterans and police officers.The Hawgfest music festival features early 70s rock bands, Trainor said. Its a motorcycle event too, but its more a music festival.He said the people officers have dealt with at both events have been great in the past. Popular with young professionals, the majority of the group at the rally ranged from early 30s to in their 60s, he said. People should expect to see bikers and babes at the events, Chavez said. Motorcyclists will fill the town, she said.Its going to be literally wall-to-wall Harley. Its going to be a very high energy.

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