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Marshall Bike Rally to benefit Louisiana’s Shriners Hospitals for Children


From the Marshall Convention & Visitors Bureau:

Bikers, concerts on the square, motorcycle stunt show exhibitions and vendors will take over the streets of downtown Marshall, Texas beginning Friday, April 26 and continuing through the weekend to benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children – Shreveport, Louisiana. Marshall Bike Rally 2013 with its hard bodies, paint and pipes on center stage will be open to all visitors without charge.

Friday's rally attendees will rock the afternoon away with a host of entertainment including Marshall's own Robert "Blind Dog" Cook and Category 5 performing later during the afternoon Nearly 30 vendors will line the streets of downtown Marshall with biker gear, fabulous food and other wares, and Marshall's many stores and restaurants will be open for browsing with extended schedules throughout the day and evening hours. Spirits will be available at Under the Texas Sun wine and gift shop all day and can be carried to the concerts and contest locations throughout the streets of Marshall.

As the sun goes down Friday, the night heats up with several fun and friendly contests among bike owners, the Best Paint and Best Engine all chosen by audience voting. At 8 p.m. the ultimate party band 8 Track will take the stage with their mix of classic rock musical selections.

Saturday, a fantastic line up of bands will perform on center stage, including Stateline, None the Wiser, Unit 9, and Blue Tin Roof. Poker runs and contests will also be held during the day for registered bike owners. A bike show will for riders and non-riders to view and vote for special awards will begin at 10 a.m. Bikers can show off another paint job, by participating in the best tattoo contest.

A highlight of the afternoon are bike stunt shows presented by 7th Letter Entertainment from Dallas, Texas. They will bring two professional stunt riders to perform on their Yamaha r6 bikes. A live DJ will spin a great mix of oldies, and the music of today, during the performance, and a professional master of ceremonies will round out the experience, and provide interesting information about stunt riding, the gear used and the long hours of practice to master the skill. The first stunt show exhibition will be held at 2 p.m. on Austin Street, in downtown Marshall. Other shows are scheduled during the afternoon. There is no charge to watch the exhibitions.

Biker games will be held on Austin Street with awards given for Weiner Bite, Water Balloon, Straw Drop, Tennis BallGrab, Weave, Board, Slow Race, Keg Push. Games are open to the public to watch but bike owners wishing to participant must be registered for the rally. At dusk, Dusty Rose will be center stage on Marshall's Telegraph Stage, to end the evening with music, dancing and fun.

On Sunday morning, all bikers are invited back to downtown Marshall for a blessing of the bikes.

The highlight of the weekend comes from knowing all the fun benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children — Shreveport. The first hospital in the Shriners health care system, the Shreveport hospital combines a child-friendly environment with world-class medical care for children with a host of orthopedic and neuromusculoskeletal conditions as well as cleft lip and palate.

Bikers can register for $35 for singles or $60 for couples. The pre-registration fee includes a bike ride under the Texas sun, poker run events, games, and the bike show. Pre-registration also includes official rally shirt and event pin, and all participants only games and rides.

Bikers will also be able to register on site for $25 per person. If you register on site, you'll enjoy all events, contests, rides and concerts. Registration begins at 10:00 a.m. Friday, April 26th. Non-bike owners may enjoy the live concerts, visit vendors or view the bikes as Marshall's North Washington Avenue hosts this special event at no charge.

Rally registrations, lodging reservations and information about Marshall can be found by visiting or by calling the Marshall Convention and Visitors Bureau at 903-702-7777.    


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