ELLICOTTVILLE - Gowanda Harley-Davidson is once again taking over Holiday Valley in Elli-cottville on Jan. 25 for Harley-Day Valley 2014. This one-day event is fully dedicated to learning how to ski, how to ride and just getting out of the house for the biggest cabin fever party of the season.
Tim McKeever, market-ing manager at Gowanda Harley-Davidson, says after the success of last year, returning to Holiday Valley was a no-brainer.
"Last year, we asked ourselves, 'Where are the people in the winter time, and how do we get everyone together to have an amazing party?', and that's when we came up with the idea of teaming up with Holiday Valley to throw the biggest cabin fever party of the season. We weren't quite sure on how the turnout would be, but it was so successful last year that we immediately sat down with Holiday Valley to start planning 2014," McKeever said.
Jane Eshbaugh, director of marketing for Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, on the Gowanda H-D Jumpstart for her first-ever motorcycle ride, at Harley-Day Valley 2013.
McKeever went on to share that even if you're not into skiing or motorcycles, you'll still want to come out.
"This is all about fun and getting together with new and old friends. Over 800 people came out for last year's party. There was so many people, Holiday Valley ran out of 'refreshments' for the very first time. Biker or not, you'll want to come out for this day. But, if you happen to love bikes, you'll want to come check out over a half dozen new and museum bikes that will be on display, including the all-new 2014 Harleys, which feature hundreds of new changes," McKeever added.
Gowanda Harley-Davidson will feature its Jumpstart, where you can take an actual Harley for a stationary ride with no experience required. "We take a real Harley, place it on the Jumpstart, and while overlooking the slopes of Holiday Valley while on the second floor heated deck of the lodge, you can take our Harley for a ride, for free. We'll even teach you how to start, run through the gears, and get on and off a world-famous Harley-Davidson motorcycle." McKeever said.
Holiday Valley and Gowanda Harley-Davidson are even teaming up to throw a big Miller Lite Party Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m. inside the Holiday Valley Lodge on the second floor. There's live music with The Strangers, lots of Harley giveaways, Miller prizes, Holiday Valley prizes and more.
Plus, Gowanda Harley-Davidson is bringing back the popular, custom Harley-Day Valley event T-shirts, exclusive for this event. Saturday also features three live radio broadcasts from 95.7 WPIG, 105.9 WGWE and 96 Kix Country.
Holiday Valley will be on hand offering discounts on learn-to-ski packages, plus accommodations are available for the weekend by contacting the Inn at Holiday Valley at 699-2336. Gowanda Harley-Davidson will even have their street team on the slopes passing out prizes for randomly-selected winners who are skiing and snowboarding.
"We're known to have some really cool prizes at this event, and I'm excited to announce that on top of the cool Harley, Holiday Valley and Miller prizes, we'll be giving away tickets to see Grand Funk Railroad and Travis Tritt at the Seneca Allegany Casino." McKeever announced. You must be present to win tickets. Sign up for your chance to win at the registration table inside the lodge. Winners will be announced at 6:45 p.m. on Jan. 25.
Harley-Day Valley 2014 is at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville on Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Doors for the event open at 9 a.m. and Harley-Day Valley gear goes on sale at the same time. Limited sizes and styles available. Radio broadcasts are from 10 a.m. to noon. Jumpstart runs all day.
The Miller Lite party begins at 3 p.m. and the event wraps up at 7 p.m.
You can learn more by visiting the event page at Facebook.com/GowandaHD, or logging onto GowandaHarley.com .