Blue Pine Motorcycle Rally returns to La Grande

By By Bill Rautenstrauch The Observer July 13, 2012 01:14 pm

The Blue Pine Motorcycle Rally is coming back to
La Grande for a second year, but with some differences.

For one thing, the second annual rally, held by American Legion Riders from Post 43 in La Grande, is taking place not on Labor Day weekend as before but on July 13-15, in conjunction with La Grande Main Street’s Crazy Days celebration downtown. 

For another, proceeds from the event will benefit local veterans and their families, rather than the nationwide scholarship program it supported last year.

Organizer John Craig said money raised from the rally will go to the  Eastern Oregon Military Veterans and Families Fund that helps local military families. Last year, money collected went to the Legacy scholarship fund, a national program. 

“With recent deployments, the local fund is depleted and we decided to help with that,” said John Craig, a rally organizer and member of the American Riders.


The Blue Pine Motorcycle rally is open to all riders, veterans and non-veterans alike, regardless of the types of motorcycles they own. Registration takes place  at the American Legion Post, 301 Fir Street, Friday beginning at 5 p.m.  Registration night features a barbecue put on by the Legion, and live music.

Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, motorcycles will join with vintage automobiles for a Show and Shine display on Adams Avenue. Beginning at noon, riders will take part in some friendly and fun bike games on Adams.

“One event is called How Slow Can You Go, and in it riders see how slow they can go without having to put a foot down,” Craig said. In another contest, bikes carrying a driver and passenger each will pass under a hot dog suspended from a wire. It will be the passenger’s job to take a bit out of the hot dog as the bike goes by.

Saturday night, the rally will hook up with the car show crowd for some cruising downtown.

Sunday’s big event is a poker run from La Grande to Wildhorse Casino in Pendleton.  The route has yet to be announced.

Major sponsors for the Blue Pine Motorcycle Rally are Community Bank, the Wildhorse Foundation, Barreto Manufacturing, Les Schwab, Stewart Title, Laurence Auto Body and Paint, Extreme Heights Motor Sports and Apple Eye Care.

For more information about the rally, call Craig at 541-786-5148.