Organizers have put together a two-day schedule of events including cage fighting for the seventh annual Mother Road Rally in Tucumcari.
“We decided to try something new this year with the cage fighting,” said Melissa Foster, president, MRR board of directors.
Foster said on Wednesday most, if-not-all of the ringside seats are sold.
She said the fights are being produced by Que Loco Cage Fighting of Albuquerque.
The card features 17 fights but is subject to change, she said.
Foster said holding a two-day event gives the people traveling to Tucumcari for the annual affair more time to take in the surrounding sites.
“For this year’s poker run we are planning on holding stops in Logan and Conchas,” Foster said. “This will give them an opportunity for a nice ride. It will also give the rider a chance to see some of the attractions in our area.”
Foster said the rally is a tradition held each year to promote travelers to visit Tucumcari and boost the local economy. She said it also provides events for local residents.
“It takes a lot of time to plan and successfully run an event like this,” Foster said. “We are all volunteers doing this with our free time.”
Foster said the cost of the Mother Road Rally is $25,000. She said besides operating costs, the Rally also has several cash awards.
“We give out $10,000 every year,” Foster said. “We give $4,000 out at the poker run, $1,000 at the biker games and on Saturday night we hold our $5,000 raffle.”
Foster said if the Rally generates a profit, proceeds are donated to the youth of Quay County.
She said several organizations have received donations from the Mother Road Rally including Quay County Little League, Llano Estacado Outdoor Classroom and Tucumcari FFA.
“We do not have one specific organization we make donations too,” Foster said. “Promoting and helping the community is what this rally is all about.”
Foster said the rally is normally held during Father’s Day weekend. However organizers were forced to change the date due to a rally scheduled on the same weekend in Santa Rosa.
“Its difficult and not fair to compete with a rally 60 miles away,” Foster said.
Que Locos Cage Fighting doors open at 6 p.m. fights start at 7 p.m.
All Day - Vendors and door prizes
8 a.m., Car and Bike Show registration begins registration fee $15 car and $10 bike.
9 a.m., Kick off parade
Bikes and cars in the parade must meet at K-mart parking lot by 8:45 a.m.
10 a.m., Poker run - Last bike in at 2 p.m.,
3 p.m., Bike games - Winners receive $200 per game
7 p.m., Cash raffle-concert - Bo Brown, Rick Trevino: Sponsored by Mother Road Rally & Pow Wow Lizard Lounge.
For more information visit the rally Web Site at www.motherroadrally.com