Americade Celebrates 30 Years

Feb 23, 2012 View Comments by

Americade 2012, the weeklong rally attracting tens of thousands of motorcyclists, will run from June 4-9, celebrating 30 years in this picturesque location. Located at the foot of 32 mile long Lake George, Americade 2012 will feature over 65 unique events, many happening multiple times over the course of the entire week–everything from new MiniTours and new themed boat cruises to a new Zip line and Ropes Course.

Also new this year, at Americade’s social headquarters, Fort William Henry Resort, are multiple stunt shows by former world trials champion Tommi Ahvala, and a Pig Roast n’ Hoedown on the lakeview lawn. Demo teams from over a dozen motorcycle manufacturers (BMW, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Victory, Yamaha and 6 more) will again be on hand there, to give Americaders the opportunity to try out their latest bikes. The tradeshows at the Lake George Forum, and Million Dollar Beach will feature many new vendors as part of the 250 who will exhibit there.

Lake George Village Mayor Blais, who was Mayor when the event started 30 years ago, commented: “the community and I love having Americade here because thousands of close friendships have been formed between Americaders and local residents. Some have moved with their families here. Naturally, the business community is delighted because this event is a massive boost to the local economy. We’d love to host Americaders for 30 more years.”

Americade Founder Bill Dutcher noted: “I can well recall when I pitched a crazy idea to the Mayor back in 1981, about organizing a large motorcycle rally in his community. He’d previously been the Chief of Police and there’d been some local “issues” with rowdy bikers a decade earlier: bar fights, etc. After listening to what I proposed, he met with other community leaders and decided to give it a chance. Their confidence in our plans has been a success for all concerned, and as a result 30 years later, nearly a million motorcycling visitors have experienced the beauty of the Lake George region.”

Read an interview with Bill Dutcher here as it appeared in the April ’12 issue of RoadRUNNER.

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