Annual Beartooth Rally Underway - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

Annual Beartooth Rally Underway

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Hundreds of motorcycle engines take turns filling the sky of Red Lodge with a thunderous roar. And as for the riders they carry, they fill the pockets of business owners and employees around town.

"Its the best weekend to work," said Tom Kuntz, Bogart's restaurant owner. "And its a lot of fun, and its really busy."

Kuntz owns several restaurants around town. Over the past decade, the says, the annual Beartooth Rally continues to expand.

"More and more people are discovering Red Lodge, as time goes by, to ride bikes," he added. "It's one of the most beautiful bike rides in the country."

But it's not just three days of poker runs. There's street dances Friday and Saturday night, as well as a parade and rodeo. Kathy Robson, a chamber of commerce board member, says the economic benefits of the event far outlast the weekend. And for the first-time visitors, Robson says the rally introduces people to the beauty of Montana, leaving them wanting more.

"And they'll come back other times through the year," she said. "They'll bring their families."

One man who keeps coming back is Bob Huddleson, but you can call him 'Badger Bob.' He makes the trek from California every year to set up his helmet shop and ride through the pass.

"The ride up here is just fantastic," he said. "I don't know if you can get any better."

For more information on the rally's events, please call the Red Lodge Chamber of Commerce at (406) 446-1718.

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