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Fall Ride For MDA Underway In Tomahawk Area


Motorcycles by the tens of thousands will be in the Northwoods over the next few days as part of the 34th Tomahawk Fall Ride. The ride is held in conjunction with Harley-Davidson, which has production plants in Tomahawk and as a fundraiser for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

The weekend has events at Sara Park in downtown Tomahawk and large musical events around the area.

Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce Director Tamra Anderson says the event is a tremendous boost for the economy, but the ride also has other importance...

"...it's actually Fall Ride For MDA, It's a huge fundraiser for MDA. MDA has their partnership with Harley Davidson which is great because we have two Harley plants in town..."

Christine Vorpagel is  Director of Tomahawk Main Street. She has a front-row seat for the ride. She says it's a tremendous boost for the Tomahawk economy, but it also puts the community before a larger group of visitors. She says after the large rally each summer in in Sturgis, South Dakota  many of the Harley drivers turn their attention here....

"....it certainly also highlights the industry that we have a Harley Davidson plant and they are an employer we like to throw out the welcome mat for our tourists...."

Vorpagel says they had a very good summer tourist season and this adds one more major draw to a successful year.

Riders stay not only in Tomahawk but in campgrounds and motels from Wausau to the Northwoods. The event runs through Sunday. More information is online at tomahawkfallride.com

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