If you're a fan of chromed-out, high-octane cruisers, lead sleds, street rods and tricked-out bikes, this weekend's Cruisin' Pallooza is the place to be.
The 12th annual event will be held Friday through Sunday at the Broome County Fairgrounds on Route 11 in Whitney Point.
Friday night's cruise-in will leave NYSEG Stadium in Binghamton around 5:45 p.m. and travel to the fairgrounds, where local band Distant Thunder will perform at the music tent. Also planned are raffles, vendors, food and a movie under the stars at dusk.
Saturday will be the Hot Rod and Custom Car Show and Flea Market, with 28 classes of classic cars, trucks and bikes, plus a flea market, arts and crafts, and food vendors. New this year is The Great New York State Chili Championship; to enter, go online to 99.1 The Whale's website at http://www.991thewhale.com/ and click on the Cruisin' Pallooza banner. Those who don't enter can taste the chili; tickets are 12 samples for $5 and 50 cents for each additional ticket (three free tickets available by donating food to Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse).
Sunday is the second annual Bike Night During The Day, featuring live music from Voodoo Highway and No Quarter. Also planned are bike games beginning at 1 p.m., "Bikini Babe" and "Mr. Beer Belly" contests, the Bike Day Poker Run, the Red Knights Burnout Box and more.
Registration for the bike ride will be held at Southern Tier Harley Davidson on Front Street in Binghamton between 9 and 10 a.m., with last bike due in at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per rider.
This year's bike day also will feature a bike show presented by the Triple Cities Chopper Club. There will be seven classes: sport bikes, choppers, metric cruisers, American cruisers, classic (20 years old and over), touring bikes and trikes. The bike show has is no pre-registration; signups will be held Sunday between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. for $10.
Poker run signup is 9 to 10 a.m.; the cost is $10 per hand. The last bike is due at the fairgrounds at 12:30 p.m. All registration money from events will benefit CHOW.
Admission and parking are free for all three days, but a food or cash donation for CHOW will be gratefully accepted. Last year, the Cruisin' Pallooza collected more than 3 tons of food to help families served by CHOW'S pantry.