The 2014 Dream Ride Experience, presented by Bozzuto’s Inc. and the Hometown Foundation to benefit Special Olympics, will take place Aug. 23 -24 in Farmington, Conn. The event will unite motorcyclists, classic and exotic car enthusiasts, and families and friends who want to be a part of a fun, festive event to support Special Olympics. A motorcycle ride with starting points at Harley-Davidson dealerships/locations across the state with participants from three countries (the U.S., Canada and Australia) and 12 states (including Connecticut) and a host of activities are planned. These include a Twilight Car Cruise & Wrangler Rally, Dream Show car exhibit, celebrity guest appearances, kids’ activities and miniature golf. To view a full schedule of events and register, go to dreamride.org.
Registration is $30 for adults for a one-day pass (includes Twilight Dream Cruise on Saturday night or Dream Ride/Dream Show on Sunday) and $50 for a two-day pass (includes Twilight Dream Cruise on Saturday night and Dream Ride/Dream Show on Sunday); $15 for children ages 10-16 (each day); and free for children younger than 10. Additional fundraising to support Special Olympics is encouraged. And, follow Dream Ride at facebook.com/DreamRide and twitter.com/DreamRideExp. To find out about sponsorship opportunities, call (203) 250-5660 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dream Ride Experience highlights will include:
Saturday, Aug. 23
- Dream Ride presents national recording artist Lonestar at the Farmington Polo Grounds, 152 Town Farm Road, Farmington. General admission tickets and lawn seats are $30 and may be purchased at www.dreamride.org. Gates will open the day of the show at 5 p.m.; the concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held rain or shine.
- Ice cream/golf at Farmington Miniature Golf, 1048 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Make a donation and enjoy burgers, hot dogs, sundaes and golf on the 18-hole miniature course.
- The Twilight Dream Cruise & Wrangler Rally presented by and originating at Papa’s Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, 585 E. Main Street, New Britain. The Cruise will conclude at The Farmington Club and be followed by a party featuring great food and live music. Check-in at Papa’s Dodge: 3 p.m.; Cruise begins: 5:15 p.m.
Sunday, Aug. 24
- The largest motorcycle ride around with participants from three countries and 12 states converging at The Farmington Club. Start locations in Connecticut include: Brothers’ Harley-Davidson in Branford, Danbury Harley-Davidson in Danbury, The Farmington Club in Farmington, Fairfield University in Fairfield, Gengras Harley-Davidson in East Hartford, Mike’s Famous Harley-Davidson in New London, TSI Harley-Davidson in Ellington and Yankee Harley-Davidson in Bristol.
- Dream Show, an elaborate auto show at The Farmington Club to be judged by a panel of notable car connoisseurs.
- An all-day party featuring great food, vendors, live music, a kids’ corner and pet adoptions. Celebrity guests will include Wayne Carini, host of the Velocity channel’s “Chasing Classic Cars;” John Ratzenberger, best known for his talent in the sitcom “Cheers,” Pixar’s feature films and “Made in America”; and Tim Harris, a Special Olympics athlete and owner of “Tim’s Place,” a Tex-Mex restaurant in Albuquerque, N.M., known for providing “the friendliest service in the world.”
- Visit the Big Y and T.K Axel Jean Company booth. For each donation of $10, receive a free article of clothing from T.K. Axel Premium Denim. Choose from Jeans, jackets, T-shirts, jean shirts and more. There is no limit and 100 percent of the donations go directly to helping Special Olympics Connecticut.
Also, new this year: Donations to support Dream Ride may be made with your cell phone or tablet! Just message 41444 and enter the keyword “DreamCT”. Then, text your donation amount and receive a link to confirm and complete your donation.
Event sponsors include Aqua Turf; Campus Customs; Dasani; The Farmington Club; Monster; Papa’s Dodge; Revelation Productions; Steinger, Iscoe & Greene; Trantolo & Trantolo; Western Beef; Bozzuto’s Inc; The Hometown Foundation and your local IGA Supermarket.
About Special Olympics Connecticut
Special Olympics Connecticut provides year-round sports training and competitions for more than 14,000 athletes of all ages with intellectual disabilities and Unified Sports partners - their teammates without disabilities.
Through the joy of sport, the Special Olympics movement transforms lives and communities throughout the state and in 170 countries around the world by promoting good health and fitness and inspiring inclusion and respect for all people, on and off the playing field. For more information, visit soct.org.
WWE is a partner sponsor of Special Olympics Connecticut, which is hosting the14th Annual Dream Ride Experience. WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon was the Honorary Chairperson of Special Olympics Connecticut’s USA Games Team.