It’s still cold out, but Cookville is warming up for the Tennessee State HOG Rally set for May 29 to June 2, bringing about 2,000 riders – about half from out of state – to explore the Upper Cumberland.
The town bested Nashville, Knoxville and Maryville, among others, to win the event. Representatives from the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau, Boswell's Harley-Davidson and the Upper Cumberland HOG chapter made the bid for the city to host it.
Businessman and Harley rider David Prowse was chosen as chairman of Cookeville's local rally planning committee, working with Gary Bagwell, rally coordinator for the state planning committee. Bagwell is a Life Member of HOG and has served as past coordinator and committee member for state rallies in Johnson City, Chattanooga and Nashville, according to the Herald-Citizen.
"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to host the rally right here in the Highlands," Prowse told the newspaper. "There are so many unique rides and places to explore, it will be hard to do it all during the rally, so we invite visitors to come back time and again."
Cookeville will be the smallest market to date to host the state rally, which is expected to bring $2.5 million to $3 million in tourism revenue. Past rallies have been held in cities such as Nashville, Chattanooga, Murfreesboro, Maryville, Knoxville and most recently, Jackson.
Posted by Holly Wagner
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