I have read with much interest both the pros and cons of the rally as expressed here on the forum in the past week. We are entitled to our opinions; this one is mine from a committee chair standpoint and on behalf of all the committee chairs and volunteers.
To put this into another perspective, some 2000 volunteers slots where filled to create a Town. Our population was 10,000….. rally attendees and vendors. (I believe vendors may have been excluded from the rally count).
We where able to have:
?À Campground for about 6000 campers.
?À A camp for kids …Camp Gears
?À We had to lay out roads with road signs, yes it was routed within the rally site…but did if you notice the thru street had a hill with a sharp right turn and blind spot…how you say…hundreds of dropped bikes.
?À We had a communications center
?À Our City Hall…the Country Store.
?À Mini mall within the Country Store
?À Created a shopping mall indoor and outside (Great vendors)
?À We had a post office to ship and receive your packages
?À Volunteer Rescue Squad and Fire Department if needed…volunteers.
?À We had first aid stations, teamed with professionals (volunteers)
?À Heliport. (No you can’t camp there)
?À Backup ambulance service on standby and was called several times.
?À We had to build a stage, move the Beer Garden to comply with state Beer laws.
?À We had food…with a vary of menus….and a produce stand too! Love those melons and fried apple pies.
?À We had a RV Park and staff to escort each RV and to organize the park.
?À We had a police force, (security) backed by local sheriff force…24/7
?À We had electricians on duty and call 24/7.
?À We manned every possible entrance to our town (gates). 24/7
?À We created a transportation system to shuttle rally attendants…no fare!
?À We arranged a tent motel.
?À Parking lots (Free parking)
?À We had a social center (Beer Garden)
?À We had a ice house
?À We had entertainment, every day and night…wide variety entertainers both at the Garden and within the rally grounds.
?À We had a museum. Vintage bikes…what a great display.
?À We added showers and porta potties…always bring an extra roll of TP.
?À A GS track was build, we had a stunt rider as well
?À Demo rides where offered
?À We had a fly over to photo the site (volunteer and his plane)
?À We arranged for a private air show…just for us.
?À We had fireworks to rival any small town fireworks show.
?À We had a coffee shop, free coffee
?À Our town United Way was our selected Charity.
?À We created a park, complete with activities.
?À Oil change and Air check station,
?À We arranged for a Bank, (ATM machines)
?À Bike wash station
?À Internet locations within the Cyber Caf?®
?À Many activities where planned, 8K race, dunking booth and demonstrations to name a few.
?À There where dinners and ceremonies to honor our founders and ambassadors.
?À Church service
. We gave some of citizens great prizes, door prizes, bikes, tours...Thank you Vendors for the prizes.
?À Newspaper: A guide to the events and our town was furnished…did you read your rally program?
?À The Mayor and Council (Rally Chair/Co-Chairs and Committee Chairs) handled hundreds of details, safety issues, tax issues, legal issues and answered hundreds of questions during the rally.
?À We annexed the school property for Registrations, Seminars, and Volunteer Central.
?À We annexed some 2000 hotel rooms in the rally area.
The town only lasted four or five days and then it was packed back up to do again next year.
Oh, the price of admission to stay at the town was $30 to $40 dollars depending whether you had voting rights in our town.
I spoke about the volunteers, they all paid to entry…just like you, Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs paid as well.
I would lead you to believe this was created in just three days, physically it was…but months and months of planning, thousands of emails and phone calls and I only know part of the story…The chair and co-chair can tell you the “rest of the story”
Thanks Vance and Connie …. I would vote for you again to be our Mayor and Mayor Pro-tem.
If 1500 attendees volunteered, than means 7500 did not.
To the Volunteers, I tilt my helmet to you….you did a wonderful job.