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Snohomish Motorcycle Show revs up May 18

Snohomish Motorcycle Show action from 2012

Motorcycles will rumble down First Street on Sunday, May 18 again as part of the biggest bike show in western Washington.
The 18th annual all-day Sky Valley Motorcycle Show is anticipated to be one of the biggest early summer events to kick off the season.
A local chapter of the nonprofit motorcycle group ABATE runs the show where old and new motorcycles will line First Street.
People young and old can marvel at true iron classics, get excited by a stunt and drill team show from the Seattle Cossacks at 1 p.m. and dance to live bands.
“If you’ve never been to a show before, you’re in for a treat,” Roger Hanson said. “This is going to be pretty big this year. We’re looking at maybe 20,000 people attending.”
This makes the show the largest show in western Washington, Hanson said. The largest regional motorcycle gathering, similar to Sturgis, is the Oyster Run in Anacortes.
Hanson, who goes by the nickname “Highwayman,” has helped organize the show all 18 years.
ABATE has been around for 43 years, and advocates for the “freedom of motorcyclists” such as motorcyclists’ rights, motorcycle safety and driver’s education.
This year’s motorcycle show will have a beer garden featuring local microbrews, or “yuppie beers,” as Hanson called them, in front of Stewart’s Tavern on First Street east of Union Avenue.
The proceeds of the show will benefit the Snohomish Senior Center and the Snohomish Community Food Bank.
Downtown business should get a boost, too.
In 2010, when the show temporarily left Snohomish after being slapped with a big law enforcement bill, First Street businesses called the show’s loss a big blow.
The show went to Sultan and then Everett before coming back home to Snohomish in 2012.
“We’re doing all this to increase tourist traffic,” he said. “And to also create a bigger show for charity. This is one of the largest events in our area.”
The Sky Valley 18th annual Motorcycle Show will be an all-day event on May 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Cossacks show is at 1 p.m. and a judging competition for the best bikes happens at 3 p.m.
First Street will be closed almost all day for the event until 5 p.m., organizers said.
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Also on Sunday, May 18 in Snohomish
The Snohomish Brew Fest is going on:

Sunday, May 18, 2014 1 – 5 p.m.

Snohomish Event Center

1011 Second Street, Snohomish WA 98290

BrewHAHA Package: $30

VIP Package: $60

Early Bird VIP Special: $50

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