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  • Day trippin': Bikes, Blues & Hot Cars debuts June 5-7

  • Springfield will be the epicenter for motorcycle and car enthusiasts when Bikes, Blues & Hot Cars debuts June 5-7 at Summers at the River Sports Complex.
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  • Springfield will be the epicenter for motorcycle and car enthusiasts when Bikes, Blues & Hot Cars debuts June 5-7 at Summers at the River Sports Complex. Open to all makes and models of cars, trucks and bikes, organizers are bringing the event to Springfield after three successful years in Arkansas and New Zealand.
    Bikes, Blues & Hot Cars is a three-day motoring festival with a variety of music and attractions.
    Staring at 2 p.m. June 5 and running through 9 p.m. June 7, there will be more than 20 hours of live music from local and national artists, guided rides on June 6, dyno drag races June 6-7, stunt bike exhibitions all three days and a huge KidZone with games, climbing wall, obstacle courses, face painting, balloon animals and carnival performers June 6-7.
    BBHC will also feature a judged car and bike show June 7 with more than $3,500 in prizes and trophies, vendors, custom car and bike builders and outfitters, helicopter rides, a hot air balloon display, remote control car racing on a pro competition track and a public track, a variety of food and beverages and unique displays of race cars, pro karts and assets from the Army National Guard.
    “We have a lot of fun in store for the first ever BBHC in Springfield,” said Dan Allen of GMS Group, the event producer. “If you like cool cars, hot bikes and great music, then this will be the event to attend in 2014.”
    GMS Group is an international producer of concerts, boat shows, car and bike rallies and museum exhibitions and is best known for starting the hugely successful Bikes, Blues & BBQ Festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas, now the fourth largest bike rally in America.
    A portion of the main event proceeds will be used by the Abou Ben Adhem Shriners in southwest Missouri to benefit the Shriner Children’s Hospital and the Shrine Preservations Association.
    Cars and bikes can register for the event for $35 which includes VIP parking inside the venue and free admittance for two people to all the events. General public admission is $10 for a day pass or $15 for a weekend pass. Kids 6 and under get in free.
    For more information, visit www.bikesbluesandhotcars.com. For more information about events and things to see and do in Springfield, call the Convention & Visitors Bureau at 417-881-5300 or 800-678-8767 or visit www.SpringfieldMO.org. The CVB is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the local economy through increases in travel and tourism to the area.
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