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Summer Thunder Motorcycle Rally


Northwoods Summer Thunder Motorcycle Rally returns to the Minocqua area for its 5th year. The two-day rally is presented by The Lakeland Tavern League and Northwoods Harley-Davidson. This event combines the beauty of the Northwoods with the hospitality the area is famous for—all for a good cause; profits from the rally help support Lakeland Area Special Olympics. Summer Thunder officially starts on Friday and runs through Saturday, but early birds may get a head start by purchasing Tavern League Fun Run cards in May at participating taverns, the Minocqua Area Chamber of Commerce and Northwoods Harley-Davidson. The Lakeland Tavern League presents two different Fun Runs with stops and entertainment along the way. Get your booklet stamped at all designated stops on the route for an entry in the prize drawings held Saturday evening at Torpy Park. Cards are $10 a ride or 2 for $15. Tavern League cards will also be on sale at the Summer Thunder Hospitality Booths at the event. You can start your Tavern League Fun Runs anytime from May 3 until Saturday, June 14 and you don’t need to have a motorcycle; have fun by car, truck or on foot. For a look at the routes visit us online. To make the 5th year special a BIG Fun Run has been added for Saturday, June 14. This run will take riders to a selection of big roadside attractions in the Northwoods including Paul Bunyan, the big penny in Woodruff, the loon in Mercer and further north to Hiawatha, the big corkscrew and Copper Peak. The more attractions visited, the more stamps on the BIG Fun Run card and the more chances to win a BIG prize. The BIG Fun Run is a one day event. Great music is a large part of the rally. On Friday night, riders and townsfolk will enjoy live music by Sojourner 6–10pm in Torpy Park. Come a bit early as entertainment, vendors, food by Lakeland Area Special Olympics and beverages served by the Lakeland Tavern League will be ready by 2pm. You don’t have to ride to enjoy Summer Thunder; bring a lawn chair or a beach blanket down to the park and soak in some great music. Performances are free and open to the public. Saturday morning will kick off early with the start of the BIG Fun Run between 8-10am at Torpy Park. There will also be activities throughout the morning and afternoon at participating taverns and Northwoods Harley-Davidson. Tavern League Fun Run cards and scenic ride maps will be available. The great music continues on Saturday night as Summer Thunder welcomes Black Knight from Green Bay to perform 6-10pm in Torpy Park. There will be raffles and door prizes throughout both evenings, but at 8pm on Saturday night the Grand Prizes will be awarded. You must be present to win. It is sure to be a great weekend for bikers and non-bikers alike.

Tour Type

  • Scenic Drives

Adventure Sports Activities

  • Motorcycling