Wednesday, July 25, 2012

No booze allowed at road rally

Drug Coalition fundraiser set for Saturday


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

Terry Basolo

Anyone attending Saturday's Sun Valley Road Rally should plan on leaving the alcohol at home.

Intent on setting an example for events in the Wood River Valley, the Blaine County Community Drug Coalition is this year making the event drug- and alcohol-free.

Coalition Executive Director Terry Basolo said Monday that last year's road rally was supposed to be alcohol-free also, but some may have slipped into the event.

"We just weren't really focused on that, but this year we want to make it clear," Basolo said.

No coolers will be allowed at the rally viewing area north of Ketchum, and access will be allowed only by Mountain Rides Transportation Authority bus. Spectators are required to catch a bus at the River Run Lodge lower parking lot for the trip north. Basolo said buses will run about every 20 minutes to and from the event.

Pets aren't allowed either.

Food, snacks, water and nonalcoholic beverages will be available for purchase at the rally spectator area. The Drug Coalition recommends that spectators bring hats and sunscreen and folding, low-back chairs.

Unlike last year, buses will not be running to the event from the Baker Creek area north of the rally.

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The rally will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on state Highway 75 between the Wood River and Cathedral Pines campgrounds. Motorists in the area that day can expect delays of up to 20 minutes between about 9:40 a.m. and 1:40 p.m.

In a news release, the Drug Coalition stated that approximate highway openings will be from 10:20-10:40 a.m., 11-11:20 a.m., 11:40 a.m. to noon and 12:20-12:40 p.m.

When the highway is not open, Porsches, Ford GTs and other fast cars will be zipping down a 3.2-mile stretch of highway at speeds approaching 200 mph.

The public will get a chance to see the cars at slower speeds during the Ketchum Cruise Parade through downtown Ketchum from 6-8 p.m. Friday.

To meet the drivers and see the cars close up, the public is invited to a morning concourse from 8-9:30 a.m. Saturday at the River Run Lodge lower parking lot. Tickets for the rally can be purchased there for $10 per person or $25 for a family of four.

Saturday's rally will be followed by a gala dinner and auction starting at 6 p.m. at River Run Lodge.

Tickets at $100 each are still available for a 2012 Porsche Cayenne that will be raffled off after the dinner. The Cayenne has been on display for the past several weeks near Atkinsons' Market in Ketchum. Tickets can be purchased there or at Atkinsons' Markets in Ketchum, Hailey and Bellevue.

For more information or to buy tickets for any rally event, call 727-8768 or visit www.sunvalleyroadrally.com.

The road rally is the major fundraiser for the Drug Coalition, which strives to keep youngsters from using drugs and alcohol.

Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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