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  1. Great news everyone: summer is in full swing and August is right around the corner, and with that we are just a few weeks away from the Shine On East Tennessee Backroads 2020 VMC National Rally in Johnson City, Tennessee!!! We have been working hard on our rides, our events, our swag & t-shirts AND our plans to ensure each and every one of you have an enjoyable time while you visit with us in East Tennessee!!! If you would like to see more information pertaining to our event or to register and make reservations, just follow the link below:
     
     
    First, on behalf of our organizing committee, let me start by saying "thank you" for your continued interest in attending the upcoming Shine On East Tennessee Backroads 2020 VMC National Rally being held August 27-30, 2020. Secondly, we can appreciate any concerns you may have pertaining to the safety of the attendees based on the Covid-19 numbers in the state of Tennessee. That being said, let me assure you that the safety, health and well-being of all of our attendees, organizers, hotel staff and all associated vendors, sponsors and hosts are definitely a top priority for us concerning Covid-19.
     
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    We keep a constant eye on the Covid-19 numbers provided by various national, state and local organizations, especially those numbers pertaining to Johnson City & Washington County, Tennessee where our event will be held and most of our events will take place. We are also keeping tabs on the numbers in the surrounding counties and outer lying areas where many of our riders will be enjoying the beautiful scenery of East Tennessee, Western North Carolina, Southwest Virginia and other nearby states. Though the numbers in Tennessee seem to be spiking in some of our larger municipalities, this is not necessarily the case in every county or city statewide. We are doing everything we can to ensure everyone's enjoyment of this event while also providing a safe, healthy, fun & entertaining time for all who attend the Shine On East Tennessee Backroads 2020 VMC National Rally. Our host hotel, the Holiday Inn on Springbrook Drive, is also diligently working with us to maintain a safe environment for their guests and our attendees. They recently had a meeting pertaining to the rally and issued the following statement:
     
    "IHG and Holiday Inn Johnson City  TN, have always prided ourselves on a Culture of Clean and wants to reinforce that commitment to you and your travelers during this heightened period of vigilance.
     
    On a day to day basis, IHG branded hotels are required to adhere to comprehensive health and safety procedures. These include IHG procedures, all applicable local laws, and now COVID-19 specific requirements that governments put in place.
     
    IHG has provided us with additional COVID-19 cleanliness guidance, training, and information to accompany the health and safety procedures we have always followed in this area.  
     
    As you would expect, IHG continues to monitor the evolving situation very closely, keeping in line with the latest global health recommendations and adhering to all applicable local laws. 
     
    • Our Team and I are committed and are embracing social distancing and wear PPP masks and gloves. 
    • Temperature screening daily for all team members -  
    • Promoting safe hygiene and etiquette 
    • Key sanitation program 
    • Installed acrylic shields at team member workstations 
    • Cleaning with hospital grade disinfectant 
    • Increased on going Covid-19 training 
    • Hand sanitizer is located throughout the commercial areas of the hotel 
      
    Stay well, and we look forward to welcoming you and your travelers in the future.
     
    Kindest regards,
     
    Patricia Kilgore
    General Manager & Team Holiday Inn"
     
    The Holiday Inn has also confidently ensured us that they can host our event and still maintain a safe environment using current social-distancing guidelines. They are currently working with us to develop a plan to utilize a larger meeting room and to use the hallways and common areas around that room to accommodate as many of our guests as possible and still adhere to the suggested safe practices. Masks will be available and hand sanitizer will also be provided throughout the commercial areas of the hotel as well as personal hand sanitizer provided to each attendee in their gift bag.
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    We encourage you to use your best judgement and still hope you will choose to attend and enjoy our beautiful scenery, rich history and hospitality. In the event that the state of Tennessee suggests or mandates stricter guidelines, the hotel may have to alter the structure of events. We will do our best to keep everyone informed about any changes to the status and schedule of events as we continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation. Should you still decide to attend, we urge everyone to wear a mask, maintain the safe-distance guidelines, wash your hands, use the provided hand sanitizer and adhere to other recommended safety measures.
     
    Now to some of the exciting news!!! As we mentioned previously, we have a very unique host for one of our evening festivities. We would like to thank TENNESSEE HILLS DISTILLERY of Jonesborough, TN for welcoming the Shine On East Tennessee Backroads 2020 VMC National Rally on Friday evening to their facility! They have agreed to host a bike show; provide plenty of parking for our event; provide a space for some of the area's BEST food trucks to be on-hand; provide a stage with a live band; AND provide tents for us to be able to gather, dine and enjoy the music under! You can sample some of East Tennessee's finest rum, whiskey, bourbon, and other fine liquors that Tennessee Hills has to offer while browsing their retail & gift shop; you can mingle and make new friends while enjoying the bike show and live music; or you can take a short walk from the distillery and enjoy Jonesborough's welcoming downtown shops!
     
    The Shine On East Tennessee Backroads 2020 VMC National Rally is also proud to announce Witchdoctors has signed-on as a sponsor of our event and will join a growing list of sponsors and vendors including: East Tennessee ATV & Powersports, Conquest Customs, Pork Chops Vic Pucks, Taylor Specialties, Spike Unlimited Metal Art & Jewelry and Big D Custom Racks! Be sure and visit the link below for more information on our sponsors, vendors & donors...AND, if you haven't registered yet for the rally, you better CLICK NOW and sign up while you still can! The early registration deadline may have passed, but you can STILL make it to the event if you CLICK NOW! DON'T WAIT!
     
     
    Our host hotel, the Holiday Inn, is also filling up fast! With approximately 25 rooms remaining, you still have an opportunity to stay where the party is going to be! Just call 423-282-4611 and take advantage of the great rates being offered to our rally attendees...AND, if you would like to show up a day or two early, be sure and ask about the discounted rates for early week arrivals! Again, call 423-282-4611, but do it now before the hotel is totally booked!
     
    We feel we have put together a fantastic event for our Victory family of riders and enthusiasts. We have an abundance of scenic roads to take advantage of whether you choose to self-guide or enjoy one of several guided rides we have planned. Maps will be available, and we are happy to announce representatives from the Southern Dozen will be on-hand assisting with information on area rides and handing out some goodies! There's gonna be plenty to see, plenty to eat, plenty to do and enjoy and plenty of opportunities to make plenty of new friends. So, what are you waiting for? Come join us August 27-30 for the Shine On East Tennessee Backroads 2020 VMC National Rally in Johnson City, Tennessee!
     
    We look forward to seeing you!
     
    Craig Stapleton
    Communications Coordinator for 2020 VMC National Rally
     
    Dragon Riders Chapter
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  2. 14 hours ago, Llama said:

    It seems that you are taking all sensible precautions, responsibility and care.  Being the other side of the world I make no more comment than that.  After all the hard work you have put in I hope the event can safely go ahead, but conversely if the terrible decision has to be made I hope you will use all your great planning to host the 20th Anniversary event next year, and I hope to be there for that.

    Good luck.  Stay safe.

    Thank you so much for your positive support and encouragement. If we DO have to postpone until next year, we look forward to seeing you. If everything moves forward this year as we have originally planned, then maybe our paths will cross at another event somewhere in the future. Wishing you the very best, my friend, and again, thank you! 

    TILL THE WHEELS FALL OFF!

    Craig

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    .Thank you all so much for the positive responses and the well-wishers for our event. Also, thank you, XC Bubba, for the quote from Ballad Health. We are keeping a  close watch on the numbers and will make adjustments/change plans accordingly if things continue to develop in a drastic, negative fashion. The closest "hot spot" currently is Hamblen County, which is about 1.5 hours from Johnson City. A few of the counties in the region have seen an increase, but the numbers are not overwhelming. At least six of the counties around Washington County, where much of the riding will take place, are in a "low risk" category. We will be making more frequent posts concerning numbers and updates on the Covid-19 to keep those who are attending, or, like yourselves, those who hope to attend. We remain diligent, cautious, hopeful and optimistic, and we hope to see you there.

     

    Regards,

     

    Craig Stapleton

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  4. First, let me say "thank you" for your interest in attending the upcoming Shine On East Tennessee Backroads 2020 VMC National Rally. Secondly, we can appreciate your concerns pertaining to the safety of the attendees based on what you have seen concerning the Covid-19 numbers in the state of Tennessee. That being said, let me assure you that the safety, health and well-being of all of our attendees, organizers, hotel staff and all associated vendors, sponsors and hosts are definitely a top priority for us concerning Covid-19.

     

    We have kept a constant eye on the Covid-19 numbers provided by various national, state and local organizations, especially those numbers pertaining to Johnson City & Washington County, Tennessee where our event will be held and most of our events will take place. We are also keeping tabs on the numbers in the surrounding counties and outer lying areas where many of our riders will be enjoying the beautiful scenery of East Tennessee, Western North Carolina, Southwest Virginia and other nearby states. Though the numbers in Tennessee seem to be spiking in some of our larger municipalities, this is not necessarily the case in every county or city statewide. Washington County, for example, has only 52 ACTIVE cases of Covid-19 as of this writing, July 11, 2020 and has only had a TOTAL of 235 cases since they started tracking the numbers in February with ZERO deaths. Most of the surrounding counties in East Tennessee boast even fewer numbers of Covid-19 illness. We are doing everything we can to ensure everyone's enjoyment of this event while also providing a fun, entertaining time for all who attend. Our host hotel, the Holiday Inn on Springbrook Drive, is also diligently working with us to maintain a safe environment for their guests and our attendees. They recently had a meeting pertaining to the rally and issued this statement:

     

    "IHG and Holiday Inn Johnson City TN, have always prided ourselves on a Culture of Clean and wants to reinforce that commitment to you and your travelers during this heightened period of vigilance.   

     

    On a day to day basis, IHG branded hotels are required to adhere to comprehensive health and safety procedures. These include IHG procedures, all applicable local laws, and now COVID-19 specific requirements that governments put in place.    

     

    IHG has provided us with additional COVID-19 cleanliness guidance, training, and information to accompany the health and safety procedures we have always followed. this area.  

     

    As you would expect, IHG continues to monitor the evolving situation very closely, keeping in line with the latest global health recommendations and adhering to all applicable local laws. 

     

    •      Our Team and I are committed and are embracing social distancing and wear PPP masks and gloves. 

    • Temperature screening daily      for all team members –  

    • Promoting safe hygiene and etiquette 

    • Key sanitation program 

    • Installed acrylic shields at team member workstations 

    • Cleaning with hospital grade disinfectant 

    • Increased on going Covid-19 training 

    • Hand sanitizer is located throughout the commercial areas of the hotel 

      

    Stay well, and we look forward to welcoming you and your travelers in the future."

     

    The Holiday Inn has also ensured us that even though the latest statement from the governor of Tennessee discourages meeting in groups of 50 or more, they are confident that they can host our event and still maintain a safe environment using current social-distancing guidelines. They are currently working with us to develop a plan to utilize a larger meeting room and to use the hallways and common areas around that room to accommodate as many of our guests as possible and still adhere to the suggested safe practices. Masks will be available and hand sanitizer will also be provided throughout the commercial areas of the hotel as well as personal hand sanitizer provided to each attendee in their gift bag. 

     

    In short, we encourage you to use your best judgement. However, at this time, we are moving forward with this event and hope you will choose to attend and enjoy our beautiful scenery, rich history and hospitality. In the event that the state of Tennessee suggests or mandates stricter guidelines, the hotel may have to alter the structure of events. We will do our best to keep everyone informed about any changes to the status and schedule of events as we continue to monitor the Covid-19 situation. Should you still decide to attend, we urge everyone to wear a mask, maintain the safe-distance guidelines, wash your hands, use the provided hand sanitizer and adhere to other recommended safety measures. We look forward to seeing you in August!

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Craig Stapleton

    Communications Coordinator for 2020 VMC National Rally

     

    Dragon Riders Chapter 

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  5. Alright Vic Nation, the early registration deadline is FAST approaching for the Shine On East Tennessee Backroads 2020 VMC National Rally being held August 27-30 in historic & picturesque Johnson City, Tennessee! Yes, things are still moving forward; the final preparations are being made; and yes, at this time we are STILL looking forward to sharing a wonderful time with our fellow Victory riders from all over! However, as I mentioned before, if you want to take advantage of early registration discounts for the event, you need to click on the link below and register by July 2, 2020! After July 2, the registration fees will go up, sooooo CLICK NOW!

     

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    Also, be sure to take advantage of the great rates being offered by our host hotel, the Holiday Inn in Johnson City located on Springbrook Dr. Again, you better hurry, though, as  for the event before it will be fully booked! Call (423)-282-4611 to reserve your room, and don't forget to ask about discounted rates for rally-goers who want to arrive early and stay a few days before the actual rally kicks off on Thursday!

     

    The Shine On East Tennessee Backroads 2020 VMC National Rally is shaping up to be one of the best VMC events and one of the highlights of the summer of 2020! Maps will be made available at the beginning of the event so you can plan out your riding enjoyment for the weekend: whether you go alone on a self-guided cruise; tackle a fun ride with a small group; or take advantage of one of our guided rides we have planned for our visitors where we take you through the beautiful mountains and valleys of East Tennessee and the surrounding areas. The longer, guided rides will include scenic stops and lunch planned along the route as well as a bit of history in some cases.

     

    Along with our Thursday night "Vittles & Talks" at the Holiday Inn, we are planning a fun-filled weekend of spectacular, scenic riding; delicious dining options; live entertainment; bike games; and so much more. There is plenty of shopping nearby for those who so choose, and there will be a variety of vendors set up in the hotel parking lot offering Victory-related merchandise and services (Be sure and visit the "vendors" page on the website to see who IS signed up and be assured others will be there as we are still contacting more vendors). Each attendee will receive a Shine On East Tennessee Backroads 2020 VMC National Rally "Schwag" Bag, filled with keepsakes including a commemorative rally t-shirt, a rally pin, a rally patch and other items. 

     

    Friday, after everyone returns from a great day of riding, we will be the guests of a very unique, local, business located just a few miles from the hotel in Tennessee's oldest town, Jonesborough. They have offered to provide live entertainment; plenty of outdoor seating; and host a bike show! Jonesborough's beautiful, historic, downtown shops and scenery are within walking distance and food trucks will be on-site offering a variety of popular, local dishes for dinner...giving us all a great opportunity to visit and get to know more of our extended Victory family. 

     

    Saturday will offer more riding adventures through the East Tennessee mountains & surrounding areas throughout the day. The bike games will get underway around 4 pm in the parking lot of the Holiday Inn after our riders return. The evening will culminate with a banquet at the hotel followed by more opportunities to socialize and visit into the night before everyone checks out and heads for home on Sunday.

     

    As you can see, East Tennessee has a lot to offer...and we are making plans to offer you a truly memorable time at the Shine On East Tennessee Backroads 2020 VMC National Rally August 27-30, 2020 in picturesque Johnson City, Tennessee. Again, the early registration deadline to take advantage of reduced registration fees is THIS THURSDAY, JULY 2! So, what are you waiting for? Click on the link below before it's too late and get registered:

     

    https://eventsthevmcnationalmeet2020.wordpress.com/

     

    ...and while you're at it, call the Holiday Inn on Springbrook Dr. at (423)-282-4611 and book your room while there are still some rooms available! But hurry, the hotel is filling up fast! Discount rates are also available for early arrivals who may want to stay a day or two before the rally starts...just ask!! This is where the party is gonna be, and we want you to be here, but we can't do it without your help! Click the link...call the number...get registered and reserve your room...and we will see you at the Shine On East Tennessee Backroads 2020 VMC National Rally!

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Dragon Riders Chapter

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  6. Hello everyone and welcome...welcome to Summer 2020! Although the first "official" day of summer isn't until June 20, for most of us the weather is getting much warmer and motorcycle riding is ramping up and getting into full swing. Also, things seem to be getting back to "normal" as most states are beginning to move forward and open up restaurants, businesses and attractions as we head into the summer months. This is great news for ALL of YOU as WE continue to make exciting plans for the Shine On East Tennessee Backroads VMC National Rally being held this year in Johnson City, Tennessee!

     

    East Tennessee offers some of the best riding in the nation, if not the entire world. Many of our roads offer challenging twisties as well as sweeping curves, beautiful scenery, breathtaking views or just a leisurely outing through the mountains and the countryside. The surrounding areas are rich in history and there are plenty of places of interest to enjoy while you visit: from little country stores, scenic overlooks, state and national parks to exquisite eateries, landmarks, shopping and unique attractions. 

     

    This year's rally will offer an abundance of picturesque, self-guided rides as well as several guided rides for your enjoyment. Ride lengths can vary from an hour or two to all day, depending on how far you want to travel. Regardless, you will experience some of the most enjoyable, fun and relaxing riding...ever. There will also be special events planned in the evenings for our attendees, including some wonderful dining, entertainment and, of course, visiting with old friends and making new ones while making everlasting memories. There will be bike games with some awesome prizes as well as vendors set up at the hotel offering a variety of services and products to further enhance your experience while enjoying the Shine On East Tennessee Backroads VMC National Rally.

     

    As the pandemic settles down, we are anticipating a HUGE turnout as riders look for rallies to attend before the summer starts winding down. This year's national rally will be held August 27-30, 2020. The host hotel is the Holiday Inn located on West Springbrook Drive in Johnson City; nestled in the beautiful and picturesque mountains of East Tennessee. You can book your room by calling (423) 282-4611, but you better hurry if you want to stay where the party is. The hotel is filling up fast, and with the success of the recent Southeastern Victory Rally in Helen, GA (approx. 150 bikes), we expect even MORE Victory riders will be ready to hit the road for an enjoyable vacation...and what better destination than the Shine On East Tennessee Backroads VMC National Rally? Oh, and don't forget to register early while you still can and save on your registration fees for the rally, but you better act fast! The early registration deadline ends July 2, 2020. So, click the link below to get registered before it's too late:

     

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    So, come join us in East Tennessee, home of the UT Vols, Dollywood, the Great Smoky Mountains, the Tail of the Dragon, Bristol Motor Speedway, Gatlinburg and so much more. We have some of the best food, best entertainment, best sippin' whiskey & shine and best motorcycle adventures in the country, not to mention some of the friendliest people you will ever meet. Register now for the Shine On East Tennessee Backroads VMC National Rally and experience as much of this as you can during your visit. You'll leave with a ton of wonderful memories and even more friends than you can imagine.

     

    We look forward to meeting you and we will see you there! TTWFO!

     

    Sincerely,

     

    Dragon Riders Chapter

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  7. Even though times are kinda crazy and so many things seem uncertain from day to day, we just want you to be certain of one thing: we are still making plans and working on the Shine On East Tennessee Backroads 2020 VMC National Meet to be held in August in Johnson City, Tennessee! Rides are being planned and mapped out; evening events and festivities are being scheduled; and a great time is expected with new and old friends! Please check our Facebook page @ TN Victory Rally and the website, https://eventsthevmcnationalmeet2020.wordpress.com/, for periodical updates and additional information as we do our best to keep you informed. Stay safe and diligent, and we will see you in August!

     

    Craig Stapleton

    Victory Dragon Riders

     

    Communication Coordinator,

    2020 VMC National Meet

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