Motor bike ride part of festival

Motor bike riders in last year's Jailhouse Rick Festival ride.
Motor bike riders in last year's Jailhouse Rick Festival ride.

ARARAT - The 20th anniversary Jailhouse Rock Festival will include a packed program next week, including a wheels package for motorcycle riders and car enthusiasts.

The great value package means motorcyclists are eligible to purchase the weekend wheels package in order to enjoy the whole weekend's events at an affordable price or attend each event individually which will increase patronage and participation in the festival.

The Festival begins with the launch at the Astor Cinema complex in Barkly Street next Wednesday March 12 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm where a number of bikes will be displayed out the front of the theatre.

Friday night's event includes the popular Cruise on Barkly from 8pm to 9pm, with a meet and greet and sausage sizzle in front of the Ararat Performing Arts Centre for all the wheels participants.

On Saturday riders can leave their bikes at the top end of Barkly Street from 9am for the motorcycle static display near the Court House Hotel and then participate in the 100 kilometre bike ride leaving Barkly Street at around 2pm returning to enjoy live music and refreshments in Barkly Street.

On Saturday night from 7.30pm to 11.30pm the wheels rock 'n' roll band, Speedsters will play live music at Alexandra Hall, opposite Safeway, for all car and bike enthusiasts. Entry is $20 and BYO drinks and nibbles. (Wheels package wrist bands are free entry).

Sunday motorcycles return to the Alexandra Oval Rock Extravaganza for the Shannon's Show and Shine, entry from 9am and judging from 11am. Categories include: classic, tourer/cruiser, sports, custom, off road, best American, best European, best Japanese, best British, and the coveted Shannon's Bike Of Rock major trophy, sponsored by Shannon's, Ord's Motorcycles and Brass Balls Motorcycles.

Wheels weekend packages are available from $75 (including entry to all events and dance bands, breakfast Saturday, free stubby holder, t-shirt and collectable number plate).

The motorcycles definitely add another dimension to the festival so come along and help the 20th anniversary Jailhouse Rock Festival be a 'roaring' success.


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