43rd Falling Leaf Rally Information
October 12 – 14, 2018
- Friday noon through Sunday morning 10 AM, October 12th, 13th, 14th, 2018
- $30.00. Under age 16 are free. Saturday only day pass is $10. Wrist-band required for entry.
- All members of the Gateway Riders BMW Motorcycle Club must pay the entrance fee. Club members are not eligible for free entry regardless of how free entry certificates may have been obtained.
- $5.00 instant cash rebate for volunteers as long as volunteer duties are available (includes Gateway Rider members). Sign up at the registration desk in the Lion’s Den for a 2 hour work assignment.
- Rally pin or sticker as long as quantities last.
- Hot Showers & Flush Toilets. Free Firewood and camping Friday and Saturday nights. Heated meeting hall.
- For a donation directly to the Lions Club, camping is available Wednesday and Thursday nights. Provide your own firewood. Electric hook up also available for a donation (limited number, first come first plugged in).
- Included Food:
- Free lemonade, hot chocolate, hot tea, hot coffee, and ice. Free Hot Dog Roast (with chili, pork & beans, slaw, chips, and soda) starts Friday 5:00 pm till 8:00 pm (approximately). Saturday 7:00 PM pizza for volunteers and vendors.
- Optional Paid Meals:
- Provided by the Lion’s Club: Saturday morning Pancake & Sausage Breakfast, Saturday lunch of hamburgers or fried fish (may vary), Saturday evening: BBQ pork steaks, or BBQ chicken (may vary), bread & dessert.
- Several vendors will be in attendance. (Bikes, Tires, clothing, helmets and accessories, demo rides, after-market accessories.) Check vendor section below.
The Falling Leaf Rally is hosted by the Gateway Riders BMW Motorcycle Club, St. Louis, Missouri. We are charter club #22 in the Motorcycle Owners of America (MOA) organization. The Gateway Riders have sponsored the Falling Leaf Rally since 1976. We traditionally hold the rally the second full weekend in October.
The rally is at the Lions Club Fairgrounds in Potosi, Missouri. Potosi is about 60 miles South Southeast of St. Louis.
Address for a map app is: Potosi Lions Club – Washington County Mo. Precise coordinates are LAT: 37 degrees, 56 minutes, 43.1304 seconds. Long: 90 degrees, 47 minutes, 53.1486 seconds
Starts and ends the closing ceremony, 6PM Saturday. Here’s a short video explanation. Don’t miss it!
Any road with an alphabet letter around the rally site is likely scenic and twisty!
Check MODOT Traveler Information Map for the latest construction updates or closures. http://maps.modot.mo.gov/travelerinformation/
Dual Sport Riding
There are some great off road trails in the Mark Twain forest. A topographical map or GPS will be necessary. There is a guided dual sport ride on Saturday, led by Tom Huff. Tom recommends you have some experience with loose gravel and low water crossings.
Camping space is plentiful. Plan for low temperatures in the evening. If you forget anything, there is a WalMart near by. Your entry fee includes firewood for Friday and Saturday. The enclosed meeting hall is open and heated or air conditioned Friday and Saturday night. Hot showers on site.
RVs, Trailers, and Cars
There is a car, truck, trailer, and RV parking area, however, limited electric hookup, no water hookups, and no dump site. Please only park motorcycles on the campground. We appreciate your cooperation to keep the traffic pattern open and safe for all.
There is a Super 8 in town, 820 E High St. It fills up fast. Potosi Super 8, 573-438-8888, Super8.com. Call directly for best rate and waiting list.
If you can’t get a room in Potosi, try Bonne Terre, about 20 miles East of Potosi. Bonne Terre Super 8, 573-358-5888, Super8.com Red Cedar Lodge 573-358-8900.
Another choice is Sullivan, which is on I-44 at 185, about 30 miles west. 185 goes right in front of the Lion’s Club Fairgrounds and is a nice road to ride. There are five motels there. Check local listings.
The town of Potosi has a variety of restaurants, both chains and family run. There is a WalMart, grocery stores, and an auto parts store. There are no motorcycle shops. There is a hospital. There is no first aid available at the rally grounds.
Facilities at the Rally Grounds
There is a heated/air conditioned meeting hall, the Lion’s Den, which will be open throughout the event. Registration is inside, plus ample seating at tables. Your registration fee includes unlimited coffee, hot chocolate, tea, lemonade, ice water, ice, and snacks from Friday morning to 9:00 AM on Sunday. The Lion’s Den is where all the Saturday meals are served. There are toilets in the meeting hall and in the shower house. Porta potties are around the campgrounds. There is no water service out on the rally grounds.
There is no electricity in the regular camping area. We do have electric outlets in the area behind the Den and behind the bleachers. If you have special needs, ask about electric connections at Registration for instructions and locations.
Friday night there is an old fashioned hot dog roast with chili, slaw, baked beans, chips, and soda. The hot dog roast is included in the rally fee; other meals are your option. On Saturday, the Lion’s Club serves a good pancake and sausage breakfast, hamburgers at lunch time, and Saturday night dinner, all at reasonable prices. We leave meals to your discretion rather than include them in the rally fee.
Things To Do
On Saturday there are several events. The self guided observation ride consists of a route and some questions to answer regarding the sights you see along the way. 1rst place: $25 and free entry to the 2018 Falling Leaf Rally; 2nd place: $25; 3rd place $10; based on correct answers to the questions. The point of course, is to have a nice ride. The observation run will be about 150 miles long. There are other scenic route sheets available for self touring. The alphabet roads around the area are awesome!
Also leaving Saturday morning, will be the dual sport ride. Tom Huff, a Potosi native and avid motorcyclist will lead. We ask that only riders comfortable with gravel roads, stream crossings, and other such hazards go on this ride.
On Saturday afternoon we will have a People’s Choice Bike Show. All types and brands are welcome to enter. The bikes will be displayed near the Lion’s Den and the winner chosen by ballot. The voting instructions are to vote for the bike you like best. This is not a vintage bike show. Bring your bike down and put it on display – clean or dirty – old or new. Anybody can win.
We give awards for the:
Youngest Rider on a BMW ridden to the rally;
Oldest Male Rider on a BMW ridden to the rally;
Oldest Female Rider on a BMW ridden to the rally;
Oldest BMW Ridden to the Rally;
Oldest Combination – Age of Rider and BMW ridden to the rally;
Long Distance* Solo Male Rider on a BMW ridden to the rally;
Long Distance* Solo Female Rider on a BMW ridden to the rally;
Long Distance* Two-Up on a BMW ridden to the rally; and
Long Distance* Sidecar – BMW Powered, ridden to the rally.
People’s Choice Bike Show Winner. Any make, ridden or trailered.
You have to sign up to be eligible for the awards; details in your rally packet. Other than the People’s Choice, awards are for BMW motorcycles that are ridden to the rally only. Other forms of transportation for any traveling to the rally site disqualifies a rider and motorcycle, except for the People’s Choice award.
*Long Distance awards are calculated from your home address to the rally by the most direct route with final decision made by electronic mapping software.
Vending at the Rally
Vendors enhance the rally experience for everyone, and we want to encourage them to attend. We charge no vendor registration fee, but we need vendors to register with us at the registration desk for insurance coverage, and to provide a door prize or pay the entrance fee. We then issue a wristband that gives access to the grounds and all the services we provide. If Vendors want to be eligible for door prizes, they may pay the regular rally registration fee. We invite all of the on site vendors to the Saturday night pizza party.
Grand Prizes and Door Prizes
Grand prizes will be announced closer to the rally date. Please check this site for updates.
Saturday only registration does not include door prize tickets.
We do a 50/25/25 drawing. We sell tickets all weekend, and winners are drawn at the awards ceremony on Saturday evening. The first winner gets 50 percent of the money collected in cash, the next two tickets drawn are good for 25 percent each. We have given away some substantial cash awards in the past from this drawing.
Every person registered for the rally, including members of the Gateway Riders club, are eligible for grand prizes, door prizes, and the purchase of 50/25/25 drawing tickets.
Who Can Come
This is a BMW rally. It is open to BMW riders and owners. However, we welcome riders of other brands of motorcycles. We are a private club on private property offering a friendly, fun, and safe family event. To be fair to everyone that paid an entrance fee, and to be sure everyone is covered by the event insurance, we provide wrist and motorcycle bands to all registrants. These bands must be visibly worn and attached to the motorcycle to access the rally site. The Washington County Sheriff provides evening security.
What About Pets?
Owners have to keep their pet leashed at all times. Owners must clean up pet waste immediately and completely.There are areas around the perimeter fence of the grounds for pet walking. Be considerate of others. Please observe these rules if you are on the rally grounds.
When Can I Arrive?
We start the rally on Friday. However, we will start setting up around Noon on Thursday. The Lions Club permits camping earlier in the week for a donation, but there are no services or firewood. The Gateway Riders will provide services Friday morning through Sunday morning. Everything packed up and gone by Sunday 10 AM.
We charge $30 for each adult admission, rider or passenger – it doesn’t matter. We have no entry fee for children because we want to make it as easy as possible on families. Under age 16 is free. Saturday only day passes are available for $10; no camping and no door prize tickets for day passes. We really like vendors, so they get in for free if they give us a door prize. Pre-registration is not available.
Putting on a rally of this size requires a lot of help. If you want to be a part of it, we welcome your involvement. There is a Volunteer sign up desk at the registration table. All of the jobs we need are listed there with descriptions of the duties and responsibilities. Volunteer jobs range from monitoring the gate to helping set up the hot dog roast to tabulating awards to making coffee. Volunteering at the rally is a really nice experience. You get to meet new people and have the satisfaction of contributing to everyone’s fun. To show our appreciation, volunteers get a $5.00 rebate and are invited to a Saturday night pizza party.
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