The Perth County Visitors Association has announced that St. Marys will host the 2012 wrap-up for one of the early showcase events of the County’s tourism calendar. As a result, business owners and residents are being advised to expect over 350 motorcycle enthusiasts on the evening of Saturday, May 26.
This year’s edition of the Perth County Forbidden Ride will end with a celebration at Milt Dunnell Field (The Flats). The Ride, which serves as the first of the tourism season’s big events hosted by the Association, has grown over the years to become a two-day attraction. It takes hundreds of motorcycle enthusiasts on a different route through the area each spring, wrapping up in a different town each time.
This year, it’s St. Marys’ turn.
The Ride will kick off on the evening of Friday, May 25 in Stratford, with an escorted group ride down Ontario Street ending at the Market Square for a Show ’n’ Shine, driver education demonstrations, food and entertainment.
On Saturday, participants will gather at the Perth County Welcome Centre in Shakespeare, then ride the countryside and stop at various shops, restaurants and attractions. Along the way, they will collect stamps while exploring the exciting landscapes and treasures of Perth County. The event will end Saturday evening at Milt Dunnell Field with a savoury full course barbecue featuring local foods, a 50-50 draw, a silent auction and lots of prize giveaways
The cost to participate in the Ride is $30 for the rider and $20 for a passenger, with a portion of the proceeds supporting the Perth County Big Brothers and Big Sisters agencies. The first 300 people registered by May 19 will be guaranteed a meal and a participation badge. Registration is also available on the Friday night.
To register online, visit www.visitperth.ca or contact 519-609-3724 or firstname.lastname@example.org.