Fontanel will host its first motorcycle rally the first week of July, with a ride benefiting Community Organized Renewal Efforts.
“It’s going to be like an old-school county fair, but with motorcycles,” Fontanel co-owner Marc Oswald said in a telephone interview.
The 220-acre venue will host the rally from June 30-July 3 with four music venues, stunt shows, vendors and an antique motorcycle show. Harley Davidson and Yamaha will have demonstrations and customization parts on sale at the rally.
While the event is free to the public, the charity ride on July 1 will cost $55 per driver, and will benefit CORE. This is the first motorcycle rally held at the Fontanel, and comes after almost 3 years of planning with Katancha Corp., a company that produces motorcycle rallies nationwide.
“We had been kicking around a music city motorcycle rally for Nashville, but we didn’t really have the resources to do it, until we partnered with Katancha,” Oswald said.
This announcement comes on the heels of the recently announced rally at Loretta Lynn Ranch, controversy surrounding the Nashville Bike Week venue changes and the arrest of organizer Michael Leffingwell in Kentucky for outstanding warrants and federal probation violations.
Fontanel offers a unique opportunity for riders, looking to stay closer to Nashville. Located just 20 minutes north of downtown, the rally organizers hope to lean in on all the resources Music City has to offer.
“It’s a marriage in heaven: a great venue, great hotels, great music and great riding,” said Katancha marketing director Chase Michael.
To that end, Oswald revealed that country star Travis Tritt will bring his “The Southern Uprising Tour” to the rally on Sunday, July 2. The concert will also feature Marshall Tucker Band and Outlaws.
The Music City Motorcycle Rally kicks off June 30 and runs through July 3.