ELKO — Elko is gearing up to hear the rumble in the Rubies this weekend.
The 2014 Elko Motorcycle Jamboree starts Friday and events continue through Sunday. Jamboree co-chair Brandie Notestine organizes the vendors and entertainment for the event each year. She said there will be 90-100 vendors, including 10-12 new vendors, this year. She estimates the Jamboree will attract about 8,000 people.
Starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday, roads and parking lots in the downtown corridor will be closed so vendors can begin setting up. The kick-off will be 9 a.m. Friday. The Jamboree is a free event and open to the public.
Railroad and Commercial streets from Third to Eighth streets will be closed during the weekend. Notestine said traffic will still be able to drive through Third Street.
POW*MIA Elko Awareness Association will host a parade Friday on Idaho Street. Staging begins at 2:30 p.m. — Notestine said anyone is welcome to participate as long as they sign up — and the parade will start at 3.
Rides and Rods, the Jamboree’s annual custom car and motorcycle show, will begin noon on Friday at the D block in front of Elko Crystal 5. The show continues 7 a.m. Saturday, and awards will be given out to the best vehicles at the end of the show at 3 p.m.
The Loudest Pipe Contest will determine which motorcycle can make the most noise. Notestine said the Jamboree will use a decibel reader and audience applause to determine the winner. The first round is 6 p.m. Friday, the second is 11 a.m. Saturday and the finals are 6 p.m. Saturday. Notestine said there will be cash prizes for the winners.
Three professional motocross riders will perform five different times on Friday and Saturday. At 9 p.m. Friday, local fire dancer Raquel Stout will perform on Fifth Street.
From 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, “Horny” Mike, a star from the History Channel's television show “Counting Cars,” will be signing autographs in D block in front of Crystal 5. Notestine said he might be bringing another member of the show with him.
Local band One More Time will play for a street dance 7 p.m. Friday at the A Block Stage in front of Stockmen’s Hotel & Casino. Other local bands that will perform during the Jamboree include Ever Desolate, HiJacked and the Arreguin Sisters. Notestine said there will also be a band from West Wendover and several from Utah.
Royal Bliss and Y & T will perform during the free concert 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Royal Bliss is a Utah-based rock band. The band released its first album in February. This summer, it will be on tour opening for Puddle of Mud.
Notestine said the Royal Bliss band members are motorcycles riders, and they’re planning on coming down on their bikes to enjoy the Jamboree.
Y & T is a hard rock/heavy metal band that formed in 1974. The Oakland, California-based band has released 18 albums and some of its most popular songs include “Mean Streak,” “Don’t Stop Running” and “Summertime Girls.” This will be the first time they’ve come to Elko. Fans can purchase VIP tickets for $20 to be in a sectioned-off area nearest to the stage.
“I think it’s going to be a really good show,” Notestine said. “You can’t go wrong with head-banging 80’s rock.”
The city, Elko Police Department and Fire Marshal Josh Carson have “helped us put on a good, safe event for the public,” Notestine said. She wanted to remind the public about the city’s no glass container ordinance and advised getting a designated driver or using public transportation if you’re going to drink alcohol.
“We just want to keep everyone safe,” Notestine said.
The Jamboree has a 10 p.m. minor curfew for children under 18. Some of the more adult entertainment will take place after 10 p.m. both nights, Notestine said.
“None of this would be possible without the ongoing and continuous support of our local community,” Notestine said.
She wanted to thank the many sponsors the Jamboree has and the volunteers who help out during the event. The Jamboree board comps eight nonprofit vendor booths each year so the organizations can pass out information.
POW*MIA, Christian Motorcycle Association, American Legion, Elko Gymnastics and Spring Creek cheerleaders will be at this year’s event. Friends In Service Helping cleans up after the event. Notestine said the Jamboree tries to give back to the nonprofits who help them during the event.
“We are integrated into the community and we try to give back every year,” she said.
She added the event wouldn’t happen without the efforts of the all-volunteer board of directors. Most of the 11-person board are motorcycle riders who love the event, and spend 10 months out of the year coordinating it.
“It’s so overwhelming and exciting to be a part of it and see it all come together at the end of the day,” Notestine said.
Notestine said there will be some events Sunday, but most of the vendors start clearing out in the afternoon. All of the roads must be re-opened by 4 p.m., she said.
For information, go to elkomotorcyclejamboree.com.