A Roar Further Down the Shore
Roar on the Shore returns again this month
Wednesday, Jul. 17 - 21
Soon, the ground will shake and Erie residents will hear the recognizable rumble of the annual Roar on the Shore, though perhaps less so than in previous years as the well-known motorcycle event is headed to a new location at Lake Erie Speedway.
In an official statement from Roar on the Shore Executive Director Ralph J. Pontillo, it was announced that the "new facility will triple the space currently available in Perry Square. The speedway's grandstands will allow for concert seating. Vendor Alley will expand its footprint to allow easy access to our vendors. The facility's massive footprint area will provide ample parking." He continued, "for added convenience, the speedway offers covered table seating and concessions, numerous full-service bars, as well as stadium restrooms."
The Fallen Riders Memorial Run takes off from Penn State Behrend's campus at 3 p.m. on July 17, an hour before the event officially commences at the speedway. That evening, the beer garden opens, featuring DJ Tony and happy hour specials. Opening night will conclude with a live performance by Lita Ford, with Night Ranger, Steven Adler (of Guns N' Roses), and Stryper appearing on the following nights.
Rides — like the annual parade, led by this year's Grand Marshal Kim Coates (of Sons of Anarchy), music, and special events fill the schedule for the remaining four days of Roar on the Shore. Full information about performers, parking, vendors, and rides can be found on Roar on the Shore's official website.
Coinciding with this year's Roar on the Shore is Peek'n Peak Resort's first Biker Bash in Clymer, New York. This three-day free event includes a Roar on the Shore sanctioned ride — The Roar to The Peak — which will take cyclists from the speedway into scenic Chautauqua County and conclude at the resort. — Hannah McDonald
Beginning Wednesday at 3 p.m., concluding with a biker breakfast at 11 a.m. Sunday // Lake Erie Speedway, 10700 Delmas Dr, North East, PA 16428 // info at roarontheshore.com and pknpk.com