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Thousands of motorcyclists head to Grain Valley for National Biker's Roundup

The five-day rally is expected to attract approximately 20,000 members of motorcycle clubs from around the United States. (KCTV5) The five-day rally is expected to attract approximately 20,000 members of motorcycle clubs from around the United States. (KCTV5)
GRAIN VALLEY, MO (KCTV) -

On Wednesday, thousands of motorcyclists are expected to start pouring into Grain Valley as part of the National Biker’s Roundup.

The event runs through Sunday and will take place at Thunder Valley and the Valley Speedway.

Organizers say the event is one of the country's largest motorcycle rallies and expect to bring a large economic boost to Grain Valley and the surrounding communities. It is estimated that the attendees of the Roundup will spend $5 million throughout the course of the event and the days leading up to it.

The five-day rally is expected to attract approximately 20,000 members of motorcycle clubs from around the United States.

Grain Valley Police Chief, David Starbuck, says his priority is keeping everyone safe. He says traffic is the town’s number one issue.

While they don’t expect trouble, authorities will have an increased presence.

“We have a lot of planning as far as routing the attendees in here and we will have representatives from several other law enforcement agencies that will be working in our city to help us out on that,” Starbuck said.

Starbuck says the original event was founded by a club in Kansas City and 2017 marks it's 40 year anniversary.

"As I understand it, their bylaws dictate that every ten years they will return and have their yearly rally somewhere in the Kansas City metropolitan area," Starbuck said.

Officials say it is likely that there will be officers from Missouri State Highway Patrol, Jackson County Sheriff, Oak Grove Police Department and other agencies present in the community throughout the week.

During the event, Old Highway 40 East of Buckner Tarsney Rd. to Monkey Mountain will be closed to all through traffic except emergency vehicles.  Additionally, on-street parking will not be permitted on Harris Street, east of Main Street. 

The Roundup offers a variety of entertainment including concerts, games, DJ tents, parades, stunt shows and drag racing.  The cost to attend is $30 for the entire week, which includes an arm band that will be worn for admission to the events and activities.

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