Kutter Harley-Davidson gets ready to party

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Jim Leute
Tuesday, August 27, 2013

JANESVILLE—With a jam-packed weekend already on tap, Janesville can expect amplification in volume when Kutter Harley-Davidson celebrates the iconic motorcycle maker's 110th anniversary.

While the local dealership has planned a day full of events on Saturday, local streets and highways will soon be busier as Harley riders from around the country—some even from around the world—hit the dealership on their way into or out of Milwaukee for the big Harley-Davidson celebration.

CeeCee Philipps, Kutter's advertising, marketing and events director, said a group of about 30 St. Paul riders are due into the dealership on Thursday. Other groups also have indicated their intentions to stop.

Phillips said the dealership is working with the travel center at the Wisconsin-Illinois state line to direct traffic off the Interstate, through Beloit and to the dealership in Janesville. At the dealership, riders unfamiliar with the area will get a “top-secret” route from Janesville to Milwaukee, she said.

The dealership at 3223 N. Pontiac will come alive from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday with a beer garden, food from Famous Dave's and live music from Johnny Can't Stop. Raffles, a silent auction and a South Central HOG Chapter Poker Run will benefit the Friends of Noah, an all-volunteer dog, cat, and rabbit rescue organization.

Registration for the run will be from 10 a.m. to noon, with the last bike due back at 3:45 p.m. and prizes at 4:30. The cost is $10 per person.

“We're also going to be unveiling the new 2014 models, which many dealers don't even have yet,” Philipps said. “A lot of people will be coming to Janesville just to see those.”

The Janesville dealership, which routinely wins sales and customer service awards from Harley-Davidson, is always a big draw when the company stages its celebration on Milwaukee's lakefront.

That was the case in 2008, when Harley-Davison celebrated its 105th anniversary, and even more so in 2003 when the company marked its centennial.

This year, Harley-Davidson is celebrating its 110th anniversary in Milwaukee from Thursday through Sunday.

The event will brings 60 bands to the Summerfest grounds through Saturday, and the Marcus Amphitheater will welcome three separately ticketed headliners: Toby Keith with opener Kip Moore on Thursday, Aerosmith with opener Cheap Trick on Friday and Kid Rock with John Fogerty and opener Uncle Kracker on Saturday.

Philipps said there would be plenty of fun as well in Janesville.

“It's going to be a great event, with plenty of good food and awesome music,” she said.


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