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Rally in the Valley brings motorcyclists to Kinzua Dam

Photo submitted to Times Observer Rally in the Valley committee members (from left) Jeff Frailey, Elaine Robbins, and (right) Otis James present a check for $5,000 to Warren County Veterans Council President Delores Stec for the Council’s Veterans Emergency Fund.

The third annual Rally in the Valley brought 190 motorcyclists across Kinzua Dam and $5,000 to the Veterans Emergency Fund.

The event, held Aug. 22, was limited by restrictions related to COVID-19, but still a success.

Bringing people out is not a problem. The dam is an excellent draw.

“It’s so unique,” committee member Jeff Frailey said.

Motorcyclists from all over attended the event, paying $25 per bike to participate and cross the dam. All of the proceeds from registration fees went directly to the Veterans Council.

Photo submitted to Times Observer The Eagles Club parking lot is packed with motorcycles in August at the start of the third annual Rally in the Valley. From the club, the riders went up Route 59, crossed Kinzua Dam, and returned via Hemlock Road.

“We had a sign at the Eagles Club,” Frailey said. “The parking lot across the street was filled with bikes.”

The group drove up Route 59 to the dam, crossed over, and returned via Hemlock Road. Frailey said the view from atop a motorcycle is impressive — giving the riders a view of the entire spillway almost 200 feet below.

Due to COVID-19, the event did not include a gathering and music in the MidTown Lot, but some participants did get together at the Youngsville Legion and enjoy the Duke Sherman Band, Frailey said.

The Rally started out as the Thank-a-Vet Dam Run. The Veterans Council is still the beneficiary of the event.

Between the two events, the organizers have made donations approaching $75,000 to the council’s Emergency Fund, Frailey said.

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