Katara Simmon/News-Sun files The streets of downtown Sebring will be full of motorcycles and people as thousands flock to the area Friday and Saturday for the 10th annual Run to the Heartland.
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published: Wednesday, October 02, 2013
10th Run to the Heartland to feature blasts from the past
By SAMANTHA GHOLAR
SEBRING -- Lora Todd created the Run to the Heartland. And she's got big plans for her baby's 10th birthday, which is expected to attract thousands of motorcycles and even more people to downtown Sebring this weekend.
Todd and her staff are "excited and ready" for the event, which kicks off at 10 a.m. Friday.
The two-day event will feature all things motorcycle -- thrill shows, merchandise, music and more. Run to the Heartland is a family friendly motorcycle event that brings some of the most well-known motorcycle clubs, stunt riders and drill teams to the heart of Highlands County.
"It's a crazy week but everything is falling into place," Todd said. "This is our 10th year so we are doing things a little different this time."
The event will bring back some of the most popular activities and guests that have appeared over the past 10 years.
Two famous stunt riders, Brian Marino and Jesse Toler, will be the big names at this year's festival. Marino and Toler are professional stunt riders who put on separate thrill shows.
The Sere Motorcycle Thrill Show will give guests a real treat with its captivating tricks and riders.
"The Central Florida Motorcycle Drill Team is also coming back. They've been here for many years," Todd said. "The group said Sebring is their most challenging event they have all year because of the confined space they perform on."
Those who aren't really into the shows and performances can still enjoy the event.
A well-known bike builder group, Wicked Steel, will also be featured, displaying a number of items that have been awarded.
"They'll be displaying a motorcycle that looks like the Batman motorcycle," Todd said.
Throughout the day local bands will perform live on stage. New merchandise vendors will be open for patrons to purchase gear and items of their choosing and there will be plenty of food and beverages on site.
"We're going to have a food truck invasion," Todd said.
Local food vendors will roll on site early Friday preparing everything from burgers to funnel cakes.
The Masons will be on site to hold the child ID program; kids will be able to create their own ID cards for families free of charge.
The Run to the Heartland will also pay the admission fee for all children who wish to visit the Children's Museum of the Highlands during the event.
"It's just the way we say thank you for those who support our event and the downtown merchants and businesses," Todd said. "We're feeling very excited. There's going to be great food, great music and it'll be a great family-friendly event and everyone is invited."
Run to the Heartland will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Saturday.
We're There (by: Blindman~ - 10/3/2013)
Rock oN Lora Todd n' Heartland Riders~
Lora (by: Gina B. - 10/2/2013)
Always a job well done Lora!
Motorcycles (by: Terry - 10/2/2013)
I will be there, I'll be the one that will be riding the black Honda.
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