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Great Lakes HOG Rally comes to Esky

ESCANABA — Hundreds of Harley Davidson motorcycles are expected in Escanaba this week when the Great Lakes HOG Rally comes to town.

The event will kick off today at the Island Resort and Casino. During the day, Harley owners will be able to participate in self-guided and guided rides around the Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin and test their skills in “bike and trike games,” which will take place at the U.P. State Fairgrounds at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

A flea market and knife and gun show will also be taking place at the fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fair-style food vendors will also be on hand during that time.

Thursday’s activities culminate with opening ceremonies for the rally at the Island Resort and Casino from 6:30 to 7 p.m., immediately followed by live music by Next Myle from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Friday’s schedule includes more rides for Harley owners in the morning and bike and trike games at the fairgrounds at 10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. Like Thursday, a flea market, gun and knife show, and vendors will be set up at the fairgrounds from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The featured event for Friday is a parade through Escanaba. Staging for the Harley-only parade takes place at the fairgrounds from 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m., with the parade starting at 4 p.m. The parade ends at Ludington Park, where a block party with bands and food vendors will take place until 10 p.m.

On Saturday, participants will have more ride routes to enjoy, as well as a poker run through Escanaba from noon to 3 p.m. that starts at the Island Resort and Casino. A car show will also take place during the gun and knife show and flea market, which again runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Closing ceremonies will take place Saturday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Island Resort and Casino, with live music by Norman Chartier & Co. following from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Throughout the three main days of the rally, Harley owners will be seen around Escanaba snapping photos with the city’s iconic decorated fish during a scavenger hunt-style photo contest.

For those that are still in town Sunday morning, a breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Ruth Butler Building on the U.P. State Fairgrounds, hosted by the Escanaba Noon Kiwanis. A church service will also take place at 9:30 a.m. at the chapel in the Steam and Gas Engine Association Antique Village.

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