Uralla’s Thunderbolts Festival will be held in conjunction with Harleys for Helicopters Turkey Run from Newcastle on 29 & 30 October. All bikes welcome!
Harleys for Helicopters (H4H) evolved in September of 2001. It is the brainchild of David Golledge, who had a vision to get a few mates together on their Harleys and go for a ride to raise some money for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. This initial concept developed beyond expectations in a very short period of time and is now one of the most productive, both financially and promotionally, of all of the support groups for the service in Newcastle and New England regions.
2010 will see a name change, albeit a minor one, but one we see as necessary to reflect our values around what this group of enthusiasts is trying to achieve in the community. We are going to be called Harleys for Helicopters & Friends.
This will show our friendship and support to all makes of motorcycles that attend our events and the members who ride those motorcycles and actively participate in fundraising for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.
Our objectives are to:
*Raise money for the WRHS
*Have a good time with like-minded people and promote the WRHS
*Provide exposure for sponsors whenever and wherever possible
*Change the public’s perception that people dressed in black and riding a Harley should be avoided
*Create one of the best weekend rides for all participants to enjoy and recommend to others.
H4H is an authorised Support Group for the Hunter Region SLSA Helicopter Rescue Service Pty Ltd. H4H is the only support group for the service that raises funds state wide annually.
The H4H Group can provide bikes for weddings, formals and other events. For enquiries, please contact Neil Reed on 0412 683 734. The fee is a donation to Harleys for Helicopters.
2010 Turkey Run – 29, 30 and 31 October. The Harleys for Helicopters Support group has a major fundraising event in October each year, and this is called the Turkey Run.
The Turkey Run was named in memory of Sandy Philp, who passed away on the 18 March 2005 after a battle with Asbestosis. As Sandy was born in Uralla, it was decided that there should be a memorial ride each year from Newcastle, where Sandy lived, to Uralla, where he was born. We also remember 3 other lost mates over the last few years: Ian Rawlings, Keg Thompson and Barry Farrell.
The Turkey Run attracts 400 plus riders and pillion passengers from all over NSW and interstate to be part of this event. Heavy Duty and Live to Ride are 2 national bike magazines that cover this event and post stories each year on the success the ride continues to have.
The Turkey Run brings an estimated $180,000 into the town of Uralla over the Friday afternoon through to Sunday morning event. It is envisaged that this event will become one of the great events over the ensuing years that people will want to attend each year.
The Turkey is open to all riders and all makes of motorcycles. We do not accept entry to the event by Outlaw Motorcycle members. Entry to the event is at the discretion of the Chairman and the committee of Harleys for Helicopters & Friends.
Pre-Registration is $35 per person. T-Shirt at time of Pre Rego – $25.
Registration on the day $40. T-Shirt Purchased on the day – $30.
Registration includes bike show, burnout competition and entertainment entry.
Or register online at: www.h4hnsw.com/turkeyrun.html
The Top Pub Miss Woodstock competition is the lead in to the Festival, with heats running each night from Monday 25 October. It is a personality quest for 18-25 year old ladies who must currently live in the Uralla Shire. All prize money provided by Independent Distillers, Woodstock Bourbon & Cruisers and Renee’s Hair Salon.
Friday 29 October, Harleys for Helicopters ride into Uralla at 5pm. Come and line the streets to experience approx. 500 bikes thundering into town.
Uralla Bowling Club will be the 2010 Turkey Run HQ, with all info and registrations available. Friday evening local band Rough Justice will entertain, the Top Pub Miss Woodstock winners will be announced and raffles drawn – a great family night out.
The Uralla Bowling Club Bush Poets Breakfast will kick off Thunderbolts Festival at 7am, and poetry competitions will continue throughout the day.
Jobs Australia Street Parade at 11am, theme ‘Black for Carbon Emissions and Halloween’. Entrants in the street parade include: local schools, Harleys for Helicopters, Hemlock whip-cracking stilt walkers, fire engines, hot rods, classic cars and community groups.
Poker Runs leaves following the Street Parade.
Free activities in Alma Park 11am-4pm:
* Community Mutual free concert featuring Jazz Pump.
* Mechanical Bull and Snowboard
* Adult sized jumping castle for big kids
* Rock Climb Wall sponsored by Girl Guides
* Uralla Sports and Toys Hula Hoop competition
* Hemlock stilt walkers and acrobatics
* Paws Up dog high jump exhibition
* Market stalls galore in Alma Park
* Merry-go-round and Tubbys Trikes
* There will be market stalls and food stalls provided by local school groups
* Country Energy Battle of the Bands held at Hill Street Stage 1-4pm
* 1st Prize $500 and full day studio recording and production of CD with Keystone Recording Studio
* 2nd Prize $400, 3rd Prize $100
(Non-professional musicians only)
* 3pm Show & Shine at Thunderbolt Inn
* 5pm Burnout Comp
* 8pm Fireworks opposite Uralla Bowling Club, at rear of Thunderbolt Inn
* 8pm Wideload from Newcastle, with all proceeds going to Westpac Rescue Helicopter
* Phoenix Foundry Billycart Derby in King Street at 3pm, coordinated by New England Rods & Customs Inc. with trophies and prizes, supported by Foodworks Uralla.
* Fleet Helicopters joyflights from Hampden Park 11:30am-4pm, $50 per person.
Visit www.uralla.com and www.h4hnsw.com to download entry forms and festival information.