Even though ROAR ON THE SHORE HAS BEEN CANCELLED for 2020: Please visit Harley-Davidson of Erie Bikefest July 14-19th for that event that ran at the same time as Roar.
With the region’s largest motorcycle rally off the calendar, Gears and Grub aims to expand.
With the Roar on the Shore motorcycle rally taking at least 2020 off, another local festival sees an opportunity to expand.
Roar on the Shore officials announced Thursday that the weeklong event has been suspended for 2020. A memorial ride will be held in July to honor the memory of Ralph Pontillo, who helped create Roar on the Shore more than a decade ago.
Pontillo, 64, died on Sept. 7 in Sarasota County, Florida, where he lived. His death was ruled an accident caused by anaphylactic shock due to insect bites.
“The Roar on the Shore Board of Directors would like to thank the thousands of volunteers, partners, sponsors, vendors, citizens of Erie, participants from around country and the Manufacturer & Business Association, as the founding sponsor, for their role in making Roar on the Shore one of the biggest charitable events our community has ever seen, while simultaneously injecting millions annually into our local economy,” the board stated in a news release. “We appreciate all of their support over the past 13 years and encourage them to join us for the charitable memorial ride this summer.”
“It was tough, a very difficult decision,” said John Krahe, Manufacturer & Business Association’s CEO said in an interview Thursday. “We are so proud to have been part of an event that has done so much good for quality charities. It’s been an honor to be part of it. We thank the Roar on the Shore board for their years of service and we also respect their decision.”
Roar organizers moved the 2019 rally to Lake Erie Speedway in Greenfield Township after they and the city of Erie failed to come to terms on a reimbursement agreement covering projected city costs.
Roar on the Shore activities had been located around Perry Square from 2009 through 2018.