Laconia preparing for 87th rally

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Rally organizers and city officials in Laconia, N.H., are looking for a stable rally week this year, with site plan applications running on par with last year.

The 87th Laconia Motorcycle Week June 12-20 may depend more on gas prices and the weather than anything else.

Reporting on the final meeting of the city's Motorcycle Technical Review Committee, the Citizen says the city has received 47 applications, compared to 46 in 2009, from Laconia property owners who want to use their land for Bike Week-related activities.

Fees raised from event permits and city property rentals go into a dedicated fund set up to offset the cost of additional law enforcement and other support services.

"Things are fine and I just hope that gasoline doesn't get over $3 a gallon before now and then and we'll keep our fingers crossed with the weather," Charlie St. Clair, the executive director of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association. Told the newspaper. "Everything's starting to come together."

St. Clair says the only rally he's attended this year was Daytona Bike Week and that numbers "were about the same," although attendance seemed to be up at the International Motorcycle Show there.

Bike Week is welcoming a new sponsor — Amsoil — which promotes "sister rallies" in Daytona and Sturgis, S.D., and has signed Progressive Insurance as the rally's first-ever title sponsor.

The rally this year will also feature a motocross at The Lodge at Belmont, and motorcycle parts-swap meets in Ashland and at Opechee Park in Laconia.

Posted by Holly Wagner