Jake Goodyear and Ben Veyna, bottom, perform airborne motorcycle stunts off a ramp during the 2013 White Rose Thunder event at the York Fairgrounds.
Jake Goodyear and Ben Veyna, bottom, perform airborne motorcycle stunts off a ramp during the 2013 White Rose Thunder event at the York Fairgrounds. (York Dispatch file)

There will be no shortage of motorcycle events during the third week of September in York County.

Plans were previously announced for the annual York City Bike Night and Harley-Davidson's open house.

Now, White Rose Thunder organizers say they will also host their three-day event from Friday, Sept. 19, to Sunday, Sept. 21, at the York Expo Center.

"By syncing it with other bike events, it will be an enhanced experience to have it all in one big weekend," said organizer Jeff Rehmeyer.

That wasn't the case last year, when it was held a week after Bike Night and the open house.

In its third year, White Rose Thunder kicks off at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, and ends at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21.

Leading the parade: The special guest is Paul Yaffe, a master bike builder and star of "Biker Battleground Phoenix," which airs at 11 p.m. Tuesdays on the History Channel. Yaffe also owns Paul Yaffe Originals and Paul Yaffe's Bagger Nation.

He will lead the 20th Bike Night parade, which begins at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, and rolls through York City. Afterward, he'll go to the York Expo Center for photos and autographs.

As a new feature this year, White Rose Thunder will host a Pot O Gold Skill Ride on Friday before the parade. In the competition, riders will take various scenic routes throughout the county, and three winners will each receive $500.


Other rides this year include two charity motorcycle rides. Divas East, a women's motorcycle group, will ride Saturday to benefit Helping with Horsepower, which assists at-risk teens. The 1st Pennsylvania Chapter of the Defenders Motorcycle Club will ride Sunday to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Flat track racing: The event will again include the popular flat track motorcycle racing, including the District 6 finals, which is new to White Rose Thunder.

In the competition, 19 classes of racers will compete.

"Some are as young as 7, and some riders are in their 60s. There's a wide range of ages and variety of capabilities," Rehmeyer said.

Music: White Rose Thunder will again feature several musical acts. On Friday, Sept. 19, Nash 106.7 and sponsor S.S. Vape will host a handful of country artists: Mountain Road, the Colt Wilber Band, Ryan Alan, Brynn Marie and Shawn Lacy.

Rock 'n' roll will dominate the stage Saturday with the Revelators, playing a mix of classic and modern rock, and Big Jack, an AC/DC cover band.

Admission prices are the same as last year. The cost is either $15 per day or $30 for a three-day pass. Children 12 and younger are admitted free with a paying adult.

Tickets can be purchased at the York Expo Center website, www.yorkexpo.com, at the gate or at various locations throughout the region: all Runkle's Notary & Insurance locations, Don's Kawasaki in Hellam Township, Winebrenner's Motorcycles in Hanover and Hernley's Indian & Victory Motorcycles in Elizabethtown.

For more information and a complete list of events, visit www.whiterosethunder.com.

— Reach Candy Woodall at cwoodall@yorkdispatch.com.