Laughlin River Run 2012 This Weekend!
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
The bartenders of the Hogs & Heifers Saloon were cutting a rug on bar tops at last year's Laughlin River Run.
It’s time again for some fun in the desert sun. Motorcyclists from around southern California, Arizona, Nevada, Utah and beyond will soon converge on Casino Drive for the 30th Anniversary Laughlin River Run
. Casinos will be hopping, the Colorado River will be crowded boats and jet skis, and bikers will son fill the vendor rows that stretch from the Riverside Resort to the Pioneer Hotel.
The event runs from April 25 – 29 this year. A peek at the event schedule reveals they’ve got plenty of biker fun on tap. There’s an opportunity to meet Michael Ballard and Angie from the truTV show Full Throttle Saloon from Thursday through Saturday at their booth next to the Riverside Roadhouse Stage. The annual Laughlin Custom Bike Show will be held Saturday, April 28, on the deck outside of the Colorado Belle where competitors can win a share of $1500 in cash and merchandise, with $750 going to first place. There’s an Early Bird Poker Run to Route 66 Saturday morning with a chance at $1500 in prizes in addition to a charity poker run to benefit American vets the day before which culminates in a party at Mother Road Harley-Davidson. A Ms. Laughlin River Run
Contest with $1000 going to the winner is also going on Saturday at the Riverside Roadhouse, located inside the exhibitor area of the Riverside Resort.
Concerts include the controversial Ted Nugent (his recent anti-Obama remarks got his concert at a military base canceled but as far as we know he’s still on for less politically correct River Run). Other headliners include Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors, David Allan Coe, and Mini KISS.
A trip out to the old mining town of Oatman, Arizona is worth the 50 minute ride. Be sure to pop your head in to the Oatman Hotel. And don’t forget to bring a dollar bill. You’ll see what I mean once you get there. The Mojave is beautiful this time of year as the harsh desert takes on the colors of spring and a jaunt on Historic Route 66 is always a good time. Just make sure to have your suspension dialed in.
We’re unfortunately going to miss out this year, but we’ve had some good times in Laughlin in the past and encourage you to get out there if you can. It’s an anniversary year, which generally equates to a bigger, better party. Do it in the desert at the 2012 Laughlin River Run.
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