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HOG rally kicks off

EAST GULL LAKE — The Minnesota State HOG Rally kicked off its three-day weekend event Friday with a ceremony at Cragun’s Resort. With more than 700 preregisters, double from last year’s total, more than 1,000 bikes are expected to be in town.

Kathryn Stotka, the rally secretary, says she is anticipating more than a $500,000 in revenue for Brainerd area communities generated by the HOG events.

One of the main events from the weekend will be guided passport rides. Motorcyclists receive a passport booklet and stop at 10 destinations in the Brainerd lakes area such as downtown Brainerd, Camp Ripley, Nisswa and Crosby. Each destination pays to be a passport stop. When they arrive at the destination, the rider receives a stamp in their book, welcome to shop or eat at the location before leaving for their next location.

All weekend long there will food, vendors, displays and much more under the big tent at Viking Land Harley-Davidson. Along with the passport rides there are events at Cragun’s Resort.

The long weekend will come to a halt with an awards ceremony and prizes handed out with a live band following after.