MAY 12, 2016
MEDIA RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
16th ANNUAL POW*MIA AWARENESS RALLY & MOTORCYCLE RODEO
POC: HIEDI YOUNG (208)252-1898 / email@example.com
The POW*MIA Awareness Association is very thankful for the support that we have recently received and we are pleased to say that after meeting with City Officials, the Pocatello Police Department and The Pocatello Raceway we are all 100% ready to move forward with the 16th Annual POW*MIA Awareness Rally and Motorcycle Rodeo July 29-30th at the Pocatello Raceway! We are feeling good about the new partnerships that have been established with the City of Pocatello and we are happy that the event will stay in Pocatello; and while it may look a little different, we are still going to be able to do what we have always done best, educate the public about the POW/MIA issue and have fun doing it in a safe family and Veteran friendly environment.
We will officially open on Friday, July 29th with the raising of the Largest POW*MIA Flag at 12:30pm and will be featuring a new event on Friday night, the Outlaw Go-Cart Races which will follow a special ceremony to honor our Veterans who served in Vietnam at 6:30pm as part of the 50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War. Following the races we will hold a concert featuring local bands. Saturday morning will start with a Motorcycle Fun Run with a brand new route and our flagship event, the Motorcycle Rodeo will be happening on Saturday Afternoon following our traditional Tribute Ceremony at noon. We are moving our Children’s Bicycle Rodeo to Saturday Afternoon during the Motorcycle Rodeo Halftime, we invite the kids to bring their bicycles and try out some of the same events as the Motorcycle Rodeo participants. After a day of good old fashioned American fun please join us for a concert featuring American Hitmen and Madison Rising!
There will be lots of other activities such as the Arm Wrestling & Tattoo Contests and of course you won’t want to miss the Motorcycle Show-n-shine & Loudest Pipes contest. We will have a special area set up for kids, and we will have Monster Truck Rides as well as food/merchandise vendors. Special guests from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, the National League of POW/MIA Families and the 50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War will be joining us with displays and information about who they are and how they are working towards the fullest possible accounting of our nation’s heroes.
Bring the whole family and come and see what the hype is all about! The cost for the entire weekend will remain the same as last year: $15 for adults (18 and up) / $10 for youth ages 13-17 / children 12 and under and Veterans (with valid ID) are free. Proceeds from the event will be donated to The National League of POW/MIA Families, the Idaho State Veterans Home in Pocatello and other local charities in the area. For a complete listing of events please visit our website: powmiarodeo.org or send us a friend request on facebook: Powmia Rodeo.
16th Annual POW*MIA Awareness Rally Schedule of Events
Thursday, July 28th 2016
Friday, July 29th 2016
12pm Gates open
* Event sign up open at Command Post
12:30pm Largest POW*MIA flag raising
6:30pm Opening ceremony / Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Pin Presentation
7pm Outlaw Cart Races
10pm Hula-Hoop fire dancing
Saturday, July 30th 2016
7am Power County Search and Rescue breakfast
9am Gates Open
10am Motorcycle Fun Run
*Show-n-shine Winners announced at end of Rodeo
12pm Tribute Ceremony
1pm Motorcycle skills competition (Rodeo)
2pm Arm wrestling and tattoo contest
Loudest pipes contest
3pm Motorcycle Skills Halftime
*Kids Bicycle Skills Competition
*Loudest Pipes Finals
4pm Belly Dancing
10pm Hula-hoop fire dancing
Sunday, July 31st 2016
7am Power County Search and Rescue breakfast
9am Blazing Grace church services
10am Clean up
Vietnam War 50th Commemoration Display
Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) Display
National League of POW/MIA Families Display
Monster Truck Rides
I have some exciting news to share! A special General Membership meeting was held on Saturday at the Pocatello Raceway by the airport. We had a record number of members that attended, and many of folks we have not seen for a while. After discussion and looking at the facilities a vote was held and those in attendance decided unanimously to accept the generous offer from the Jerry and JoAnne Bailey to host our event at their facility. So it is official, the 16th Annual POW*MIA Awareness Rally will be held July 29,30,31st at the Pocatello Raceway!
This move will not come without its challenges, but I believe as an association we are up for it. We will be getting use of the facility at no charge; in return, we have been asked to help them make the venue a nicer place to visit, which we whole hardheartedly agreed to on Saturday. Right now we have a basic idea of how to make this work and we have some, but not all answers as to how things will look. Most of that will be addressed at our next General Membership Meeting which will be held on Friday, April 22nd @ Liberty Hall (325 W Benton Street, Pocatello) at 7pm. We will be breaking up into groups to discuss various functions and areas of the rally to work many of the details out. Time is of the essence and never before has a general membership meeting needed attendance as much as this one does. We want to hear everyone’s ideas and make sure that important details don’t slip through the cracks.
We have faced a lot of challenges leading up to this decision. At times it has felt outside entities hoped we would just go away. At the end of the day we are a strong group of Veterans and Patriots who are not going anywhere…our mission is to important! We are the voices for 82,751 souls who served our nation and have not come home or been accounted for. We are going to continue to make sure we do all we can to get answers for the 82,751 families who have been waiting for decades. We are at a crucial point in our nations history and we have to make sure that the POW/MIA issue is not forgotten. I ask you all to dig deep, remember why you wanted to be involved in the first place, grab on to that feeling you felt when you first realized just how important this is and be a part of this exciting time…you may even want to bring some friends along with you! We can do this, and who knows…maybe we will end up having our most successful event yet!
I am truly excited about this new adventure and look forward to working with you all to make it happen!
a.k.a “Betsy Ross”
Director, POW*MIA Awareness Corp.
Wreathes Across America, Saturday, December 12, 2015.