1st Arnold bike rally deemed success

ARNOLD - - Folks in the community of Arnold may have been missing the sounds of Blues music this month, but instead they were greeted with the sounds of motorcycles. The Devil’s Den Motorcycle Rally took place this past weekend in Arnold, hosted by the Arnold Motorcycle Club. Hosting a rally, and forming a club, was the brainchild idea of Heidi Kulp and Holly Hornung Remund. Kulp says the women came up with the idea for a bike rally before the announcement had been made that the Blues Festival would no longer be held. She says that is when they decided on the dates of the second weekend in July, as people in the area were already used to having an event in the community at that time. As plans for the rally began to evolve, Kulp says she and Remund saw the need to have an organization to funnel everything through. That is when the Arnold Motorcycle Club was formed. The club currently has 18 members, and Kulp says each of them played a role in the success of the Devil’s Den Rally. “Everybody I have talked to thinks the event went really well,” says Kulp. “The local businesses did very well, and you couldn’t have asked for a more mellow crowd.” Kulp says many of those in attendance expressed interest in returning next year, and the club is definitely planning on this being an annual event. Motorcycle enthusiasts from all across Nebraska , as well as Wyoming, South Dakota and Iowa, came to Arnold for the Friday through Sunday event. The poker run drew 106 entries, and Kulp says she believes that many more stayed behind in Arnold. She says one of the changes they plan to make for next year’s event is to organize some type of entertainment for those who choose not to participate in the poker run. Free camping was available at the ball park, and many campers pitched their tents at the recreation area as well. Kulp says many of the participants had ties to Arnold and stayed in resident’s homes. “We had 15 people at our house,” she laughed. Besides the poker run, other activities during the rally included a beer belly contest, an opportunity to ride a mechanical bull, a show & shine, a cook out and a live band concert Saturday night on Main Street. The Arnold Economic Development Board, of which Kulp is the Director, helped sponsor the event. The Golf Association, Chamber, cheerleaders and After Prom committee all benefited from the rally through fundraisers throughout the weekend. Kulp says as with any first-year event they did encounter a few glitches. But overall, everyone was pleased with the rally and looks forward to making the Devil’s Den Motorcycle Rally the annual event of the summer in Arnold.