After what organizers described as a successful first-time event in 2012, White Rose Thunder will return to York County in September with some changes.

Held last year during Bike Week, the new event resurrected flat-track racing from a 20-year hiatus, brought Kix and Vince Neil of Motley Crue to the York Fairgrounds, coincided with Harley-Davidson's annual open house and bike night and attracted 12,000 visitors to the region.

This year, White Rose Thunder will be held from Thursday, Sept. 26, through Sunday, Sept. 29. The event will offer more flat-track racing, concerts and reduced admission prices. In its first year, visitors paid $15 each day of the event and an extra $15 if they wanted to see concerts or racing.

Admission: This year, admission will be $10 per person on Thursday, Sept. 26, and Sunday, Sept. 29, $15 per person Friday, Sept. 27, and Saturday, Sept. 28, or $35 for a four-day pass. Prices cover all attractions, including racing, concerts, stunt shows, bike shows and more, said organizer Jeff Rehmeyer.

He said he expects Saturday, Sept. 28, to be the biggest day of the event. Professionals will compete in flat-track racing, Grand Funk Railroad will give a concert, and fireworks will be held that night.

Other highlights include the Mustang Sally Band returning to perform Friday, Sept. 27, a second day of flat-track racing added on Sunday, Sept. 29, for amateurs to participate, and a partnership between the event and a local radio station adding more regional bands to the lineup.


Another change is that White Rose Thunder may not coincide with Harley-Davidson's annual events. The manufacturer recently announced it will host its open house a week earlier than usual, and with it might go Bike Night.

But Rehmeyer said it's not a concern.

"An event like ours can draw its own crowd. We're still well positioned with what we can offer," he said.

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