The Bronze Bike Motorcycle Rendezvous just keeps on growing. Organizers of this year's Third Annual Rendezvous are expecting in excess of 2,000 bikers Aug. 21-23.

The theme of the event for 2009 is "Where Eagles Soar."

Spectators get in free and can walk the four-block area of Joseph's main street and enjoy examining every type of bike you can think of, from scooters to old school choppers. There will be plenty of vendor booths featuring artwork, bike-wear, and other items, and food is available at Joseph eateries.

Although the event was initially marketed toward the urban biker looking for beautiful rides in rural Wallowa, both urban and old school bikers have been attracted to the event and organizer Terry DeSpain expects that to continue. Spectators love the variety of bikes the mix provides, and bikers love the Wallowa Valley.

Don't be afraid to bring the whole family and the dog to this event. "This is designed to be a fun event, not a wild event," DeSpain said. "This is family-friendly."

Bikers will enjoy the usual events: favorite bike contest, a poker run, a poker walk, a bingo run for ladies only, and short bike rides through the beautiful Wallowa Valley. New this year is the DYNO-mite Dinometer, sponsored by Enterprise Outlaw Motorsports. The gizmo allows bikes, four-wheelers and even snowmobiles be strapped onto a rolling deck so that riders can compete with their buddies in races of various kinds.

In keeping with the Joseph-art-town venue, local bronze artist Dick Cross will be continuing his on-site, full-sized sculpture of a bike.

Bikers who register in advance will get the usual great freebies, including Rendezvous T-shirts, a Bronze Bike Patch, an American Flag and free tickets to the Saturday night dinner/dance and auction. Visit the website at (www.bronzebikerally.com).

For a couple of bucks (maybe a Hamilton) spectators and bikers alike can buy some chances on the bronze bike sculpture or one of the bronze bike painted feathers.

After a great day of riding around our beautiful valley, bikers and spectators alike can relax on the beer patios and rest up for the Friday and Saturday night dances. Friday is a free, live-music street dance and plenty of locals are expected to join bikers for that event. Dance tickets for the Saturday dinner/dance are $30 at the door.

The Rendezvous wraps up on Sunday, with a money run to Imnaha followed by a bike-and-rider blessing service by pastor Stephen J. Doster of Joseph.

There are limited lodging accommodations, so visitors are advised to register early. A list of motels, RV and camping options is available at the Rendezvous' Web site.

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