[Lafayette, LA] — Louisiana’s state HOG rally (April 19-21 in Lafayette, LA) marked the start of a busy rally season for members of Harley Owners Group.

More than 2,500 HOG members rode to Lafayette for the 3-day event, which featured guided rides (including one to the Tabasco sauce factory in Avery Island), food, music, and events.

Wayne Toups and ZyDeCajun

Musical entertainment was provided by Wayne Toups & ZyDeCajun for the opening night dealer party at Cajun H-D, and 70s supergroup Bachman & Turner (formerly Bachman Turner Overdrive) wrapped things up for the closing event at the Cajundome Convention Center.

In between, there was a whole lot of Cajun food, music, and camaraderie. In addition to ample opportunities to get out, ride, and explore the area, there was a motorcycle “flag parade” to downtown Lafayette, a biker skills competition, biker games, and a people’s choice motorcycle show.

There are 47 HOG state rallies in all, which are open to all HOG members, whether or not you are a member of a local chapter. Each rally offers its own unique experience, with the opportunity to meet and socialize with other enthusiasts and explore new areas.

For me, it was a somewhat new experience — I hadn’t gone to a state HOG rally since 1994  — and I had a great time.

HOG magazine asked me to attend and write about it from the perspective of someone who hasn’t regularly gone to HOG rallies; the story will be in the upcoming July issue (#16).

HOG state rally schedule (you may be asked to log into the members-only HOG site): https://members.hog.com/website/events/events_state_rallies.jsp

Check out the photo gallery [please note that HOG requested I only post photos that I didn’t submit with the article, so be sure to read the article when published for more photos]:

About Glen Abbott
Glen Abbott is a Florida-based travel writer & photographer specializing in motorcycle touring and travel. He is regular contributor to Harley-Davidson's HOG Magazine, and his travel features appear regularly in motorcycle magazines and other publications.

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