SPARKS, NV - The annual Street Vibrations Spring Rally kicked off in Victorian Square Friday afternoon. Organizers are expecting between 5 and 10 thousand people at the event in Sparks this weekend.
“This is all family entertainment,” Event Manager Randy Burke said. “It’s all free and we have live entertainment on our main stage. We’re using all home-grown Nevada bands so we’re pretty excited about giving Nevada youth an opportunity to work a big stage.”
There are poker rides for bikers and vendors, exhibits and stunt shows in Victorian Square.
“One exciting this is we have the Live Fast Stunt Show Saturday it will perform threes times, that’s when boys on motorcycles jump ramps 35 feet in the air, 75 feet across and do front and back flips,” Burke said. “We also have the Globe of Death from a show in Las Vegas where riders get inside this big steel globe and run their motorcycles around like hamsters in a cage.”
Vince and Rose Pelli make the trip from California every year.
“Why are we in town? To have fun!” Vince Pelli said.
“Everybody is happy, we always have a good time you see a lot of peace here, it’s a really good thing,” Rose Pelli said.
Organizers say it’s an event for all ages. 100-year-old Lucy Higgs is a longtime motorcycle enthusiast who was checking out the scene with her daughter Friday evening.
“I used to ride,” Higgs said.
She still participates with her family.
“It feels great to have her here,” her daughter Cheryl McClellan said. “She is working on 101 so to have her here is really a blessing.”
There are more than 100 vendors and several booths are showcasing upcoming events. The first annual Fireworks 500 will kick off in downtown Reno in July.
“It’s going to kick off on South Virginia Street with 150 race cars,” organizer Roger Norman said. “We’re going to have freestyle motocross and the Ninja Stunt Team by Monster Energy; we’re going to have a double-decker stage with bands playing all day long and about 30 barbeque vendors.”
There was a shooting inside the Nugget Casino at last year’s fall Street Vibrations event but Spring Rally organizers say they’ve never had a problem with safety at their event.
“Nothing happened out here on our venue at all we had high security last year, we’re high security this year and the Nugget has taken appropriate measures with their code of conduct dress code so we’re really positive everyone is going to have a fun, safe weekend.”
The new code of conduct prohibits club colors inside the casino.