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Southern Cruisers Riding Club Returns to Cookeville

Largest Motorcycle Riding Club in U.S. Hosts Tennessee Rally This Weekend.

Since 2000, Cookeville has dominated as host city for the Southern Cruisers Riding Club’s Tennessee State Rally. The group has ventured to other cities in Tennessee, but again route back to the hub city of the Upper Cumberland region. An anticipated 200 riders will descend upon Cookeville Thursday, May 31 through Sunday, June 3 with attendees traveling not only from across Tennessee, but from several other states as well. Pre-registration demographics show riders traveling from as far as Texas and Louisiana.

The all-brands, family-friendly riding club boasts a national membership of more than 32,000 riders composing chapters across the country. They ride for a reason; their goal is to raise awareness, and more importantly funds, for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Keeping the multi-day event as light-hearted as possible, the theme will be “Flashback to the 70’s” with riders dressing up as well as an accompanying retro soundtrack. In addition to “Carving the Cumberland” on guided rides through the Upper Cumberland’s most scenic backroads, the group will host bike games, karaoke, silent and live auctions, and skills contests. The public is welcome to join riders for spectating at the rally’s host hotel, Clarion Inn & Suites on Jefferson Avenue.

“We are delighted to have this group of riders back in Cookeville and Putnam County,” said Zach Ledbetter, vice president of visitor development, Cookeville-Putnam County Visitors’ Bureau. “Like with any of the events we host for visitors, especially motorcyclists, we know our community will welcome these riders with open arms; from restaurants to retailers to area attractions and points-of-interest along their routes throughout the region, we offer a motorcycle hospitality that draws riders back year-after-year.”

The Cookeville-Putnam County Visitors’ Bureau invites area businesses to provide welcome messages on their marquees or billboards, e.g. “Welcome Riders” or “Welcome SCRC” and encourages business owners to prepare their staff for increased traffic and customer service opportunities.

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