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Festival of Wheels a success


August 30, 2017


Micki Robinson presents a check to Brandy Helm from New Hope Farms from funds raised during the Festival of Wheels. Jason Reed and Scott Dobravski watch in the back row.

The organizers of the Festival of Wheels report the event was extremely successful and raised much-needed funds for New Hope Farms (NHF).

"This year we raised $2,718 for NHF," Scott Robinson states. "The event covered three days with a variety of weekend fun that entertained all ages. We had motorcyle skill riding on Friday night. Saturday morning at Ekone Park started with a pancake breakfast by our local Rainbow Girls Chapter. This was also the time for the Car and Motorcycle Show sign-ups. We also had a bicycle category all at Ekone Park. After we announced the winners and handed out trophies, it was time to move on to the next event."

Goldendale Exhaust kicked off the Burn-Out contest, an event that excited all who attended as they watched two full-size trucks hooked up bumper-to-bumper. Smoking the wheels got the crowd cheering. This event went on for several hours until the winners were decided and more awards were given away.

Live music that evening was provided by the band In Dispute. Lights, fire, and smoke accompanied the show byt this local group.

Saturday afternoon was also the start of the flat-track event at Eddieville. This was practice day, with the main event on Sunday starting at noon. Rider turnout was good considering eclipse traffic, with competitors hailing from northern Washington, Arizona, and British Columbia. Sunday racers put on a show for spectators on a perfectly prepared track under ideal weather conditions. Riders commented on the size and condition of the track, the only full half-mile track in the Pacific Northwest. Plans are in the works for two events next year.

Sunday morning the fourth annual Lori Baranovich Poker Run kicked off at Ekone Park. Rainbow girls provided pancakes. This year was a mystery ride, and everyone was delighted to find out the ride was across the John Day Dam. This also ended at the flat track site, where winners were announced and prizes were given away.

Next year the Festival of Wheels comes on the third weekend in August.


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