Monday, April 11, 2011

Harley Owners Convention Coming To Cookeville

Cookeville presenters celebrate in front of a Harley just after
Cookeville was selected to host the 2012 State H.O.G. Rally.
Kneeling in front is Ottis Phillips, CVB Chairman, SEC Enterprises
 and lifetime H.O.G. member. Seated on stage is Al Enochs,
 First Realty and Harley rider. Standing from left is George
 Halford, Chamber president; Laura Canada, Chamber vice president
 and CVB director; Kristie Phillips, Tennessee Tech University;
Lindsay Barnett, Miller Girl; and David Prowse,
Chamber board member and Harley rider.
Representatives from the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce and the Convention & Visitors Bureau with support from the Upper Cumberland Harley Owners Group (H.O.G) Chapter made a winning presentation in Nashville this week to dealers and local chapters from across the state at the Tennessee Annual Harley Owners Group meeting. Cookeville and Putnam County have been awarded the bid to host the Tennessee State Harley Owners Group Rally in June 2012. Others competing for the event included Nashville, Knoxville and Maryville. Officials say that once again, Cookeville, the Highlands and Upper Cumberland region was the smallest market to compete and win. In 2009, Cookeville was awarded the TSSAA State High School Football Championships and in 2010, hosted the first-ever televised gubernatorial debate held outside a major metro area in Tennessee history.

Past rallies have been held in Nashville, Chattanooga, Murfreesboro, Maryville and Knoxville with the 2011 rally scheduled for Jackson, Tennessee. Between 2,000 and 3,000 Harley riders attend the state rally, with approximately 50 percent coming from out of state for the four-day event. The economic impact in other cities has been cited as $2.5 to 3.5 million dollars. Details will be worked out over the next few months with a group called the H.O.G. rally planning committee.