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Taft Midway Driller - Taft, CA
  • Taft Bike Fest 2012 kicks off

  • This year's event will be bigger and better. it will provide a boost to local economy and help local charities, too
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  • The first-ever Taft Bike Fest, held a year ago, was a big success by any standard.
    This year's event promises to be even bigger, better and a lot more fun for the entire family.
    It also promises to help raise more money for local charities and pump a lot of money into the local economy.
    The Taft Bike Fest 2012 starts Friday evening and continues throughout the long Labor Day weekend with most events centered around Rails to Trails.
    Two-Wheel Productions is putting the event on for the second year and are promising more band, more motorcycles and more family events spread out over three days.
    Last year's event attracted about 3,000 people to Taft, and some of the local businesses weren't prepared for all the business.
    "We're hoping to double it this year," said Mike "Too Tall" Clark, part of the organizing team.
    It was a replay of sorts of the successful debut of the Taft Grand prix off-road races several years earlier.
    "We're hoping Taft is ready for it, because last year they weren't," Clark said. "We want (the businesses) to sell out. That's what we're doing it for -- that and the charity."
    Two-Wheel Productions is again donating a big chunk of the proceeds from the event to Alpha House and the NEEDS Center.
    Last year, Alpha House got a $2,000 check and NEEDS got $500.
    This year's donation to Alpha House will be in the memory of Trinity Monique Hanna, the little girl murdered earlier this year, allegedly by her mother's boyfriend.
    Bikers Against Child Abuse will have a booth this year, as well as Stop Child Abuse, a local group formed after Hanna's murder.
    "That's what it all comes down to," said Larry Disney. It's geared to the kids. The kids are our future.
    There will be a lot of activities for the kids at the event, too.
    Just about everything will be centered near Rails to Trails or on Main Street, and there will be a place for the kids with water slide and other low-cost activities on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
    The kids activities will be running parallel to 3 days of fun for the older crowd.
    Friday and Saturday nights will have live music on the stage at Sixth and Main.
    The gate fee is just $5.
    Last Chance Band, Jukeboxx and The Aviators will be playing Friday and 1916, Black Water Soul and ZEDD, a Led Zeppelin tribute band will be performing Saturday.
    Stiff Cats, Last Chance Band will perform on Sunday evening.
    All around the stage there will be events for everyone. A beer graden opens at 10 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
    Page 2 of 3 - The Kids Zone opens just a little east of the stage area from noon to 8 p.m.
    Vendors will open at noon all three days along Rails to Trails.There will even be flat track races this year. The track is set up just east of the Oilworker Monument on the south side of Rails to Trails.
    Races will be held on Saturday afternoon.
    Street bike stunts and contests of all sorts will be held throughout the weekend.
    The weather should cooperate, with afternoon highs in the mid 90s and lows in the upper 60s to near 70.
    There will be some large canopies set up to provide shade and some misters, too.
    The main thing, organizers say, is for Taft to show the riders from out of town a good time, the organizers said.
    It's all about bringing the revenue in for local businesses.
    Here is a schedule of events:
    Friday
    10:00am – Beer Garden Open; Vendor Setup
    Noon – 8:00pm – Kid Zone Open
    Noon – DJ Music; Vendors Open
    6:00pm – 50/50 Drawing (Main Stage)
    6:30pm – 8:00pm – Last Chance Band in Concert (Main Stage)
    8:00pm – Burn Outs (Stunt Area)
    8:30pm – 9:30pm – Jukeboxx in Concert (Main Stage)
    9:30pm – Burn Outs (Stunt Area)
    10:00pm – Midnight – The Aviators in Concert (Main Stage)
    Saturday
    9:30am – Flat Track Sign ups/Practice
    10:00am – Beer Garden Open; Vendors Open; DJ Music
    10:00am – 8:00pm – Kid Zone Open
    Noon – Pin Up Girl Contest (Main Stage)
    11:00am – Street Bike Stunts (Stunt Area)
    Bike Show & Contest
    10:00am – Staging; 2:00pm – Judging
    1:00pm – Flat Track Races
    
4:00pm – Raffle and 50/50 Drawing (Main Stage)
    5:30pm – Street Bike Stunts (Stunt Area)
    6:30pm – 7:30pm – 1916 in Concert (Main Stage)
    7:30pm – Bike Contest Winners; Burn Outs (Main Stage)
    Saturday, September 1, 2012 (cont.)
    8:00pm – 9:30pm – Black Water Soul in Concert (Main Stage)
    9:30pm – Burn Outs (Main Stage)
    10:00pm – Midnight – ZEDD in Concert (Led Zepplin Tribute Band)
    (Main Stage)
    Sunday
    9:00am – Bloody Mary Contest (Chilled and Grilled)
    Located at 621 Center Street (one block down from event)
    10:00am – Beer Garden Open; Vendors Open; DJ Music
    10:00am – 8:00pm – Kid Zone Open
    Page 3 of 3 - 1:00pm – Banana Bite Biker Game (Stunt Area)
    2:30pm – Street Bike Stunts (Stunt Area)
    4:00pm – Slow Drags
    5:30pm – Street Bike Stunts (Stunt Area)
    6:00pm – 50/50 Drawing (Main Stage)
    6:30pm – Tattoo Contest (Main Stage)
    7:30pm – Egg Game (Stunt Area)
    7:30pm – 8:30pm – Stiff Cats in Concert (Main Stage)
    9:00pm – Midnight – Last Chance Band in Concert (Main Stage)
    Monday
    10:00am – Beer Garden Open; Vendors Open; DJ Music
    1:00pm – Ride (Non-sponsored – Meet at corner of 5th and Main)

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