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Killington Classic changes venue for headquarters

Central location is seen as benefit by town and race organizers

Due to last minute scheduling conflicts, the 2013 Killington Classic headquarters have been moved from Killington Resort to The Foundry. The Killington Select Board signed off on the Classic's new headquarters at its last meeting.
"There was a conflict with Killington Resort and other events they had going on," said Christi Dutcher, event director for Americade, adding "It's a gorgeous location that our attendees will love, and its central location, adjacent to so many lodging and retail properties, will help create an energy, excitement and sense of community that appeals to our riders."
The 2013 Killington Classic is scheduled for Aug. 29 - Sept. 1, and brings thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to the region for five days of touring, social events, bike and stunt shows, entertainment and more.
Despite rumor, Dutcher said in an interview Monday that the Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club, will indeed be a part of this year's rally from Killington to Rutland held Labor Day weekend.  Dutcher expects overall participation in the rally to be up.
"The Foundry location is possibly the most attractive location in the area and is nearer to motels, restaurants, attractions and scenic Route 100. It's only a mile up Killington Road and there's lots of free parking, so we are delighted to have found it," Dutcher stated in a press release on the Classic's website.
"Everything just works so well at this new location," Dutcher summarized.
Tom Donahue, executive director of the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce, also confirmed that the Knights plan to partake in the Killington-Rutland rally adding that about 650 are currently in Rutland for their international convention which from Aug. 14-19.
The town of Killington released a statement about the change in venue, which also highlighted the benefits of the central location and the many area business that are involved in the festivities. The release stated:
In addition to Event Headquarters, activities and events are scheduled at various locations on the Killington Road. Highlights including Casino Night at the Outback; Friday night parade lineup on the Killington Road; Mini-tours and the scavenger hunt begin at the Killington Market; Ray's Ride Community Event starts at the Killington Fire Department; and the Saturday night dinner banquet will be at the Summit Lodge.
For lodging, participants will be encouraged to stay in town, and 11 properties are offering special deals for Killington Classic guests. Dining incentives will be offered at another 11 establishments in town.
Other area events over Labor Day weekend will add to the festive atmosphere including the annual Pig Roast at Moguls, Sat. Sept. 1. among others yet to be announced.
The Killington Classic is an annual event supported by the Town of Killington. It is now managed by Americade with assistance from many Vermont-based motorcycle enthusiasts.
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Participating establishments in the Killington Classic include but are not limited to:
The Killington Fire Department, the Summit Lodge, the Birch Ridge Inn, Butternut Inn, Cascades Lodge, Chalet Killington, Hillside Inn, Inn at Long Trail, Mountain Sports Inn, North Star Lodge, Snowed Inn, and the Killington Group. The Outback, the Killington Market, the Lookout, On the Rocs, Charity's, The Garlic, The Foundry, Jax, Wally's American Grill, Casey's Caboose, as well as Killington Resort for gondola rides.