The Loafer is proud to be a co-sponsor of the first RatRod event to be held in the Tri Cities. The event host and primary sponsor is the Holston River Brewing Company, and the events will take place at their facility and campground.
You may be wondering, what is a RatRod. Essentially, it is a home built vehicle, many of them cars but some motorcycles and boats as well. RatRod aficionados literally use almost anything to build their vehicles. The parts do not have to be original, and most RatRods have parts from 10 or more cars included. Most are customized and can be considered works of art. It is a fascinating subset of car buffs, one that almost everyone will enjoy checking out. Many of the vehicles are equipped to shoot flames up in the air, and there is even a flame throwing contest Saturday evening – along with a burnout competition. Pretty cool stuff! Bring your own RatRod and join the exhibition – no extra charge for RatRods to participate.
While check in can begin as early as Wednesday, the event really gets started on Friday, although the Brewery is having live music on Thursday evening. Admission is only $6, and $1 of each admission goes to the Breast Cancer Foundation. Kids 12 and under are free. Speaking of kids, there are many events for them including inflatables, a Karaoke camp and competition, face painting, a Jr. RatRod bike and wagon show, etc. The kid’s area is chaperoned, so you can let the little ones enjoy themselves while you take in all the vehicles. You might be surprised to see your child in the Kids Karaoke competition!
The site will feature many different vendors, including some delicious food options and a parts swap meet. Check the agenda in this issue of The Loafer for all times, events, etc.
As a special treat, the Brewery is debuting their new craft beer, a lager called Rusty Gold. Be sure to try one. Adam, the master brewer, tells us that it is going to be a great beer.
The Loafer will have a refresh and recharge tent, where you can take a load off your feet for a while and recharge your phone or other device if needed. Stop by, loaf and say hello!
Ever wanted to race at the speedway? You can register at RatRod and for $45 you can run 15 laps at BMS on Sunday afternoon. That should be quite interesting. Proceeds from the BMS run will benefit Speedway Children’s Charities, so you are actually making a charitable donation as you zoom around the world’s fastest half mile.
It’s going to be a great weekend. Come out and enjoy yourself. We guarantee you’ll be fascinated!
By Paul Kavanaugh