hograllyBy Sue Whistler

Holiday Valley Resort will be going “hog wild” this summer when they host the 2013 New York State H.O.G. Rally. The theme for this year’s rally is “Enchanted Mountain Thunder … Ride all Day, Rumble all Night.”

H.O.G. stands for the Harley Owners Group and represents an enthusiastic, diverse group of Harley-Davidson owners, who get together every year to share experiences from the road, tell tall tales about the Harley “that got away,” promote safe motorcycling and just have fun. Every Harley dealer across the country has a H.O.G. chapter and each state holds its own annual H.O.G rally.

Tim McKeever, marketing manager at Gowanda Harley-Davidson, said, “This is all about the culture of HOG, who HOG is, and what HOG stands for.”

For three sizzling summer days in July, Ellicottville will be THE destination in New York State where an estimated 1,200 Harley Davidson motorcycles from all over the country will converge at Holiday Valley for the annual New York State H.O.G. Rally. The event is open to all H.O.G. members who are registered for the rally. This three-day motorcycle spectacular runs July 11–13.

“Gowanda Harley-Davidson is proud to be the host dealership of this year’s HOG Rally,” said McKeever. “But the cool thing about the event is that this isn’t about us, it’s about HOGs from all over New York State coming to one of the most beautiful spots around, Ellicottville!”

This year is the 25th anniversary of the New York State H.O.G. Rally and just happens to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the founding of the National H.O.G. Association. It also marks 110 years since the first Harley-Davidson motorcycle hit the road.

Paul Fedorsak, marketing director and investigator for the Kantor Law Firm, which specializes in personal Injury litigation involving motorcycles, is the 2013 Rally coordinator. He said he feels privileged to be working with such a fine, all-volunteer planning committee.

“It’s a great experience to be the coordinator of this very special event during this very special year,” said Fedorsak. “This is only the fourth time in the Rally’s history that it has been held west of Syracuse.”

The three-day event kicks off with a special welcome dinner and opening ceremony on Thursday evening in the new Holiday Valley Lodge. On Friday and Saturday, participants will enjoy several attractions taking place all around the resort including a large contingency of motorcycle vendors, the Bubba Blackwell Stunt Show, live music, dancing, golf, a motorcycle light show, and a winery and brewery tour. Dan Minner, brew master of the Ellicottville Brewing Company, has even prepared a special “Enchanted Mountain Thunder” brew that will be served at EBC and John Harvard’s Tavern in honor of the occasion.

There will be several scenic rides throughout Cattaraugus County to some special local destinations, highlighted by the first all-female ride affectionately entitled “Leave the Men Behind,” led by the ride coordinator Bev Sherman. The festivities will conclude with a closing ceremony on the July 13 at the Holiday Valley Lodge.

For more information and a list of scheduled activities, call (845) 657-8394 or visit www.nystatehogrally.com. Registration will be available on-site.

Whether you’re a “Big Pig” or a small H.O.G., or just can’t resist the feel of leather and the low rumble of those Harley engines, the 2013 New York State H.O.G Rally is your opportunity to pay a visit to H.O.G. heaven and celebrate some real “Enchanted Mountain Thunder.”