Posted: Aug 1, 2012 6:35 AM by Jamie Leary - MTN News
BUTTE- The International Association of Fire Fighters motorcycle group will be hosting their sixth annual national rally right in Butte and that means over 1,000 bikers will be rolling into the Mining City from every corner of the country.
The events kick off at the Butte Depot on August 13th and end on August 15th with a procession of motorcycles through Butte. This is the first and only time Montana has hosted the national rally and around 1,200 bikers are registered to make the trek from states as far away as Florida.
Butte-Silver Bow battalion Chief Rick Ryan, says he believes Butte was chosen as the location because of its rich history.
"We are privileged to be asked to host the 6th annual rally here in Butte due to our really stark and long labor history and also the tragic events that happened in 1895 of the Kenyon Cornel explosion that pretty much devastated and killed most of the members of the Butte Fire Department at that time. It's a once in a life-time opportunity for Montana so we just invite everybody out to come enjoy it with us and partake in the festivities and have fun," says Ryan.
All of the events are free and open to the public and you don't have to be a fireman to ride. Registration to join the full ride is $60 dollars which includes a ticket to see headliner .38 Special at the Butte Depot on August 15.
The cost is $10 to join the motorcycle procession with all of the proceeds going to charity. Click here to register or to learn more about the rally.