Run to the Ridge 2013
Whether it’s motorcycles or Mayberry, winding mountain roads or cool scenic vistas, a taste of classic rock n’ roll or perhaps local wines, or even the chance to win a $4,500 while raising money for a worthy cause, the 2013 Run to the Ridge has something for everyone.
Centered in Veterans Memorial Park in Mount Airy – the inspiration for Andy Griffith’s Mayberry RFD – the Run to the Ridge fans out to encompass not only the Mayberry theme that runs strong through Mount Airy and to a lesser degree nearby Pilot Mountain (dubbed Mt. Pilot in the series) but area motorcycle attractions, local vineyards, and destinations as far flung as Independence and Winston-Salem.
Held July 26-28, the Run to the Ridge offers riders (or drivers) three days to travel to their destinations and collect the stamps for a poker hand. During the day the park will reverberate with the rumble of Harleys, but after dark it will be the sound of classic rock as a different headliner takes the stage each night rounding out a day of live music.
Headliners include Fran Cosmo, former lead singer for Boston on Friday night, Brian Howe, former lead singer for Bad Company on Saturday, and Steve Augeri, former lead singer for Journey, on Sunday. In addition there will be a Rat Rod and Bike Show on Saturday, a hog cook off, and food and vendors in the park all three days.
Participants in the Run to the Ridge pay a $60 entry fee for a poker hand and admission to all events. They then choose from the widespread and diverse locations to collect stamps that are traded for cards at the end of the event. The winning poker hand gets a $4,500 prize, while the worst hand takes home $500 and a chance to win $100,000. If a rider (passenger) does not want to play a poker hand they may purchase a 3 day park pass for $40.00 which includes all gate admission and concert admission. Proceeds from the event go to the regional food bank.
Stops on this year’s schedule include the sites of Mayberry with:
Wally’s Service Station, 625 S. Main Street, offering classic candies, sweets, and sodas and an assortment of memorabilia along with and a recreation of the Mayberry Jail/Sheriff’s Office. www.Wallysservicestation.com
Walker’s Soda Fountain, 175 N. Main St., open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. with an ice cream parlor and sandwich shop
Aunt Bea’s BBQ Restaurant, 642 S. Key St., Pilot Mountain, offers a full menu including homestyle breakfast and desserts, ice cream and barbecue, and a chance to tour Mt. Pilot. www.auntbeasbbq.com
Mt. Airy Yamaha-Suzuki-Polaris, 1995 Rockford St., a chance to do a bit of motorcycle shopping in Mount Airy.
89 Speed Shop 2355 W. Pine St. with old cars “chopping and dropping” for the rat rod and gasser fans.
Lone Star Steakhouse and Saloon, 1905 Woodland Drive, just in case one needs something else for dinner.
Sagebrush Steakhouse, 2000 Woodland Dr Mt Airy
A chance to sample area wineries with stops at:
Un’Corked in Mayberry, 126 N. Main St., is a quaint wine shop offering a large variety of wines from many of the local Yadkin Valley wineries as well as other North Carolina wineries and West Coast wineries as well as several house blends. The shop offers wine tastings throughout the day, wine by the glass or bottle, and discounted wines by the case. www.uncorkedinmayberry.com
Old North State Winery & Brewery, located in a renovated 1890s merchantile building at 308 N. Main St., with both wine tours and tastings and an on-site restaurant. www.oldnorthstatewinery.com
Hanover Park Vineyard, 1927 Courtney-Huntsville Road, Yadkinville, offers a chance to visit a working vineyard and winery each day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m. www.hanoverparkwines.com
Especially for bikers:
Fox Creek Leather, 2029 Elk Creek Parkway, Independence, VA, is a small family run company in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern Virginia offering high quality American-made motorcycle leathers at reasonable prices with a lifetime guarantee. A visit offers riders a cool ride on a hot summer day. www.foxcreekleather.com
Cooper’s Sports Bar, 213 E. Main St., Pilot Mountain, offering cold beverages and food as well as a break from the ride.
Tuggles Gap Restaurant and Motel, 3351 Parkway Lane S., Floyd, VA, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd County with breakfast all day, food and beverages and even gas for travelers. www.tugglesgap.biz
Freeborne’s Eatery & Lodge, 14300 NC Hwy 18 S, Laurel Springs, NC, also just off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Alleghany County, is a renovated 1950s style motor lodge with detached cottages offering the charm of years gone by along with the amenities of today. http://freebornes.com
Rap’s Orchard Gap, 1113 Dusty Ridge Road, Fancy Gap, VA, is also a 1950s store renovated to serve today’s travelers with snacks, deli food, beverages and gas. http://rapsva.com
Smokin’ Harley Davidson, 3441 Myer Lee Drive, Winston-Salem, has a wide selection of new and used Harley Davidson motorcycles and accessories. www.smokinharley.com
Tickets for riders will be available at the park the weekend of the event. Advance tickets for the individual concerts and weekend passes for events are available on-line at www.runtotheridge.com.