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WALCHA’s economy is expected to receive a huge boost later this month when hundreds of bikers descend on the city for its annual rally. Hundreds of thousands of dollars are expected to be spent in the area over the two-day event. This will provide much needed income for local businesses that have been affected by both COVID and the Oxley Freeway closure in recent months. “Tickets are selling well, we are expecting between 400 and 500 people, but the motorcyclists calling say we will have a lot more than that,” said Susie Crawford, Walcha’s tourism manager. The event is expected to attract runners of different levels of experience and skill, with some of the mountainous tracks around Walcha catching the attention of thrill seekers. “We attract a lot of motorcycles because of the good riding around here with the windy roads, highways and climbs also with adventure bikers,” continued Ms. Crawford. She encourages people to purchase tickets for the event, which runs from Thursday November 18 through Sunday November 21. drinks and live music available that evening. On Friday, the engines will be racing with road rides and adventure rides on offer. There will also be a number of events taking place on the exhibition grounds starting at 1 p.m., including burnout competitions, dog jumps and tire throws. Organized adventure rides will take place on Saturdays, while the fairground will once again have a carnival atmosphere with events such as off-road motorcycle barrel races, motorcycle gymkhana and a demolition derby. A farmers market and a billycart race will also take place that morning. While on Sunday morning, breakfast will be available before the runners leave town. A separate event that took place two years ago gave organizers the belief that local businesses would benefit greatly as runners spend money in local shops, restaurants and pubs. “The event in 2019 that we estimated brought in between $ 250,000 and $ 280,000 for the city, so we’re hoping for a similar amount.” Our journalists work hard to provide local and up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:



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