Posted on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 4:50 p.m.
Hawkesbury’s Motor City Labour Day weekend
The weather may have finished a bit wet over the Labour Day weekend, but rain or shine, people got out and about to enjoy not just one, but two big festivals in Hawkesbury dedicated to automotive excellence.
The annual Hawkesbury Bike Fest got off to a roaring start early Friday evening with the official roll-out of dozens of Harley-Davidson motorcycles for the rally tour around the Prescott-Russell region. Even before that there was a regular parade of motorcycles and their riders rolling up the streets of town to gather at the central registration site at Goulet Motorsports on Main Street across from Eglise Saint-Pierre Apôtre, to sign themselves in for the weekend and wander around, renewing old acquaintances and welcoming newcomers to the festival.
Part of Main Street in downtown Hawkesbury was closed during both the Bike Fest and also the Auto Expo, which took place on Sunday. While the Harley fans were blessed with sunshine every day, fans of classic cars had to contend with an almost steady rain Sunday, though that did not discourage everyone, both car owners and automotive fans, from touring around to check out the vehicles and also take advantage of an afternoon autograph session with several area athletes who are playing in the Canadian Football League as part of the Ottawa RedBlack lineup.