Harley celebration again rumbles into Greenfield
House of Harley hosts numerous activities for 110th anniversary
Greenfield — Once again, the House of Harley-Davidson, 6221 W. Layton Ave., will be ground-zero for an explosion of celebrations, music, motorcycle charity rides, celebrities and events tied to the six-day Harley 110th anniversary celebration beginning Wednesday .
The event, which is expected to draw more than a quarter of a million people, runs from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Labor Day.
A ride will be held every day from Greenfield High with advance registrations accepted at HouseOfHarley.com. The cost is $25 each day. Proceeds from the rides and various activities will go to the charity of the day. Performances will generally be on stage near 64th Street.
Police will once again close off busy Layton Avenue between 60th and 64th streets. Although the anniversary celebration won't start until Wednesday, the street will be closed off all week.
"They need two days to get the tents erected and vendors in," said Greenfield Deputy Police Chief Paul Schlecht, adding that the street will reopen for traffic at 6 a.m. the day after Labor Day.
Suggested alternate routes are Cold Spring Road and Edgerton Avenue, both parallel to Layton.
This will be the third time Layton has been closed for Harley anniversary celebrations, so police what to expect, he said. The crowds are large but well-behaved, Schlecht said.
"We haven't had any real problems in the past," he said. "The issues we've had have been parking in nature."
But parking is available at Greenfield High School, 4800 S. 60th St., after 2 p.m. each day, at some businesses east of the celebration.
A small subdivision north of Layton and west of 60th Street on Armor Avenue will be closed to all traffic except residents who have passes to get in, Schlecht said.
Parking and admission is free, each day will be different and the celebration will add new attractions since the 105th celebration, said Sarah Maio, marketing director for the House of Harley.
A highlight on Law Enforcement Day on Aug. 29 will be a charity motorcycle ride led by television star Erik Estrada (Ponch from the show "CHiPs"). A Ponch Look-Alike contest will be held and a chance to meet the real Ponch will be offered.
A highlight of Firefighter Day on Aug. 30 will be a charity ride featuring Randolph Mantooth, who played Johnny Cage in the 1970s TV show "Emergency!"
Miranda Levy, a cast member on the hit Lifetime Network show "Project Runway" will lead the Women Rider's Day on Sept. 1 to benefit the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation of Southeast Wisconsin, which includes a 1:15 p.m. pink balloon release.
AT A GLANCE
Wednesday, Aug. 28 – Military Day
10 and 11:30 a.m., canine demonstrations
12:45 p.m., skydivers land on hill west of House of Harley parking lot
1 p.m., program including remarks by Gov. Scott Walker
2 p.m., public ride beginning at Greenfield high School led by Walker to the Civil War Memorial at the VA Medical center grounds.
Music headliner: Nashville artist and American Idol alum Casey James
Thursday, Aug. 29 – Law Enforcement Day
11 a.m., Meet "Ponch" at House of Harly lot, line starts 10:30 a.m., suggested donation
12:30 p.m., A Ponch Look-Alike contest. $10 at west end with prizes for the best costumes
2 p.m., public ride led by television star Erik Estrada (Ponch from the show "CHiPs") to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Memorial for a bike blessing.
Music headliner: American country music artist Chris Cagle
Friday, Aug. 30 – Firefighter Day
9 a.m., registration for custom bike show, $10, visitors text to vote for their favorites, winners announced 12:30 p.m. with cash prizes
2 p.m., public ride featuring 1970s TV star Randolph Mantooth who played Johnny Cage in the show "Emergency!" to the Milwaukee lakefront for a firefighter display.
Music headliner: country music artist Aaron Lewis (lead singer of Staind)
Saturday, Aug. 31
9 a.m., registration, $10, for riders to enter their bikes in a Harlista Bike Show competition
9 a.m., registration for Park & Pound sound competition starting at 10 a.m.
11 a.m., music by Chicago-based Rica Obsesion
1 p.m., first round of International Bikini Team competition
3:15 p.m., finals of International Bikini Team competition
4 p.m., The Britins, cover band of the Beatles
4:30 p.m,. International Bikini Team calendar and poster signing
Sunday, Sept. 1 – Women Rider's Day
1:15 p.m., pink balloon release and program
2 p.m., ride led by Miranda Levy to Milwaukee's lakefront and back to the House of Harley-Davidson.
Labor Day, Sept. 2
10 a.m., pancake breakfast
Noon, ride to Miller Park for Milwaukee Brewers game
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