Popular¥'80s rockers KIX and Vince Neil of Motley Crue will take the grandstand stage at York Expo Center this fall, kicking off a new event that will transform Bike Night into Bike Week.
White Rose Thunder will roll Sept. 27 through 30 and is expected to attract more than 30,000 visitors who are predicted to spend $6 million in the county, according to Jeff Rehmeyer, one of the event organizers.
In addition to the 2,000 motorcycles that will rev up downtown for a parade on Sept. 28, the four-day affair will also feature stunt shows, charity rides, 150 tattoo artists, car shows and more. With $25,000 worth of prize money to award, it will also revive flat track racing in the area, which was an annual event in York from 1959 through 1994.
"We're excited for this event and see it as a strong economic boost for York County," said Cara O'Donnell, marketing manager for the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
White Rose Thunder is a year and a half in the making, Rehmeyer said, and features musical acts that "mesh well with bikers."
A lot of bikers are in their 30s, 40s and 50s and still enjoy hair bands, even though it's 25 years after the hair band era, he said.
KIX and Vince Neil, the voice of Motley Crue, will perform back-to-back concerts the evening of Sept. 27. Times are still being determined, and there are no advance ticket sales planned.
Tickets can be purchased at Expo Center gates for $15 the day of the concert, beginning at 9 a.m.
Another $15 will admit guests to all other events of White Rose Thunder, including Sept. 28 concerts by The Revalors and Trailer Park Cowboys, and a Sept. 29 concert by Mustang Sally.
The Expo Center can accommodate about 13,000 concert-goers, Rehmeyer said.
For more details on the events, visit www.WhiteRose Thunder.com.
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