The Carlyle and District Leisure Complex's annual Boogie Fest fundraiser is in the late stages of planning, and the bike which will be this year's grand prize is now touring communities across the region.
Every year, Carlyle becomes the epicentre of a roaring, gurgling gaggle of great two-wheeled machines, the Boogie Fest being the largest motorcycle rally in the region.
The one-day event features events like bike-handling contests, a poker derby which will bring riders to locations over a wide area, and a concert and dance.
Held at Lions Park in Carlyle, the annual event draws many bikers, and raises money to support the local community pool.
"This year the bike we will be raffling off is a 2002 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy," explained Trevor Dalziel, one of the organizers of the event. "It's black, and it is quite a large bike."
The raffle offers tickets at $10 a piece, and this year the limit is 2,500 tickets.
"People have been impressed with the bike this year," Dalziel said. "The tickets have been flying out the door since we've started offering them."
Besides the new bike, there will be some changes to the events agenda for the Boogie Fest this year.
"We will be changing some of the things up, to keep it fresh for the people who are coming back to join us," Dalziel said. "The biggest thing is the poker derby."
"We have decided to start with a bunch of new destinations for the people taking part," Dalziel said. "This year, nobody will be running around the same spots they hit last year."
"We have also booked out band for the evening dance, and it is the 'Tone Benders,'" Dalziel said. "They are a rock band, and they are really quite something, so I think everyone will be happy."
The 2011 Boogie Fest will be taking place at Lions Park in Carlyle on Saturday, June 25.
Registration is on the day of the event, however the tickets for this year's grand prize, the 2002 Fat Boy, are going fast from all reports, so you should likely get yours soon.
For further information, please feel free to contact Trevor Dalziel.