Americade Celebrates 30 Years

Americade 2012, the weeklong rally attracting tens of thousands of motorcyclists, will run from June 4-9, celebrating 30 years in this picturesque location. Located at the foot of 32-mile long Lake George, New York, Americade 2012 will feature over 65 unique events, many happening multiple times over the course of the entire week–everything from new MiniTours and new themed boat cruises to a new Zip line and Ropes Course.

Also new this year, at Americade’s social headquarters, Fort William Henry Resort, are multiple stunt shows by former world trials champion Tommi Ahvala, and a Pig Roast n’ Hoedown on the lakeview lawn. Demo teams from over a dozen motorcycle manufacturers (BMW, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Kawasaki, Polaris, Yamaha and more) will again be on hand there, to give Americaders the opportunity to try out their latest bikes. The tradeshows at the Lake George Forum, and Million Dollar Beach will feature many new vendors as part of the 250 who will exhibit there.

Lake George Village Mayor Blais, who was Mayor when the event started 30 years ago, says, “the community and I love having Americade here because thousands of close friendships have been formed between Americaders and local residents. Some have moved with their families here. Naturally, the business community is delighted because this event is a massive boost to the local economy. We’d love to host Americaders for 30 more years.”

Americade Opening Celebration hosted by Rider.Americade Founder Bill Dutcher notes, “I can well recall when I pitched a crazy idea to the Mayor back in 1981, about organizing a large motorcycle rally in his community. He’d previously been the Chief of Police and there’d been some local ‘issues’ with rowdy bikers a decade earlier: bar fights, etc. After listening to what I proposed, he met with other community leaders and decided to give it a chance. Their confidence in our plans has been a success for all concerned, and as a result 30 years later, nearly a million motorcycling visitors have experienced the beauty of the Lake George region.”

Rider will once again host the Opening Celebration Dinner (5:00-7:00pm) and Carnival (6:30-8:30pm) on Monday, June 4, where Road Test Editor Greg Drevenstedt will be handing out dozens of door prizes. Drevenstedt will also be a Featured Speaker on Tuesday, June 5 at 8:00pm, talking about “Lessons Learned from Crashes, Countries & Cover Stories.”

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  1. I have been there since 1984 and the riding, people, scenery and all-around mood of the event cain’t be beat. It doesn’t matter what you do, you always have a great time.

  2. Wife & I have not missed one in last 10 years. We have met so many wonderful riders there. Thank you Rider for supporting it.

  3. this is my first (2012) time going there. I hear it is great place to see.
    any suggestions on what to see or nice ride to go to

  4. Can’t wait. Our first year and looking forward to it. We were in Lake George last fall and everyone was telling us about it so we already booked our vacation to enjoy it. It nice to see the local mechants and residents recommending the event.

    • Brace up to you first timers, Amanda and Cindy..You guys are in for a wonderful treat..Been 25 years that I’VE been going and I enjoy gonig there every year as it was the first time I went…Enjoy yourselves!!!! You are going to be so thrilled..I’ve takaen freinds of mine who had never been thre before.It’s such a thrill to even see the expressions on theri faces when driving into town and just seeing all these motorcycles for the first time..

  5. This is going to be my 25th anniversary of going to Americade..I look so forward to the drive up there, through the beaautiful Adiroandack mountains, the rolling hills, winding roads, everything ideal for the motorcycle enthousiast. I used to go with my wife. She passed away 7 years ago..I still go, just to enjoy everything about this speciail event as well as bringing back fond memories of what we used to do together..I have developed a fond relationship with the hotle owners I’ve been going to for a few years now..The same ones..


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