Rockfest 2012 – Kickin’ it at The Lodge

Rockfest 2012 – Kickin’ it at The Lodge…

In its first year at a new location, this fundraising event for Mountain United Soccer Association, GA Top Soccer, Cole Bowen, (see video) and Recording Artists Against MS, was a HUGE success! Three local bands, 12 Gauge Persuaders, Ratz, and Modern Vinyl entertained the crowd all afternoon under a beautiful, clear, North Georgia sky. Shad Bradley graciously MC’d the event throughout the day, with sound expertise provided by Michael Kennedy, and videography by Sean Clyde of C&C Media.

Spectators feasted on fresh smoked Pulled Pork sandwiches, Baby Back ribs and Turkey Legs by Chef Bill Minkert of The Lodge at Copperhead. Volunteers manned the ticket booths and food booths, and the event couldn’t have happened with all of them who gave so freely of their time.

David Zenniger ran the Corn Hole Tournament which was a thrill for young and old alike. Georgia Soccer Association gave away free schwag all day long and had plenty of soccer balls and beach balls for the kids to play with. Raffles held throughout the day with prizes provided by Best Buy, and The Lodge at Copperhead gave spectators a little something extra to take with them besides the memories of a great day filled with music and fun.

This event, in its fifth year, would not be possible without the support of our local businesses, family sponsors and most importantly, Richard Smith, founder of MUSA and the hardest working volunteer for this event every year. Patronize our sponsors, and let them know how important their support is for keeping kids in soccer and helping those suffering with Multiple Sclerosis.



Business Sponsors: Dernehl Company Dare to be Different C&C Media Mountain Lakes Mortgage GumLog Family Mart F. Earl Wiggers, P.C. Hemphill Trucking Lamar Paris Commissioner Nancy Panoz Marathon Hiawassee Gypsy Grips Georgia, Inc. Alexander’s Store, Brainstorm Creative

Family Sponsors: Michelle Breeden Sid & Bonnie Turner Patrick & Kathy Malone Nelson Long Mike Botinelli Richard & Debbe Smith Lee Baeninger Todd & Jennifer Smith Jay Neel

ButtLite 6IX kicks off at The Lodge

Endurance motorcycling – a unique sub culture in the motorcycling world. These riders are the toughest of the tough, and competition fuels their desire to participate in rides that test their human skills and their mechanical preparedness. Introducing ButtLite 6 IX, and Team Strange. Only 60 riders make the field, and they will compete fiercely for over 6,000 miles for the prize.

Team Strange staff began arriving last Tuesday, and were ready for riders to register on


Wednesday morning. And, they came. Riders from all over the US, Canada, Germany, Australia, and Belgium. Although BMW ruled the rally there pretty much every major manufacturer was represented – including Victory, Yamaha, Honda, and even a couple of Harley’s. 58 riders made the cut, including two female riders, Tonie – riding a BMW R 1200 and Connie –


riding a Victory Cross Country. One couple will be competing two-up and should have the book Two-Up, Managing a Relationship 1,000 miles at a time,.

Rally Kick off

The Lodge at Copperhead hosted the kick-off of their journey that began Friday morning, August 10 at 8 am. The hours leading up to the riders receiving their rally packs were spend pouring over maps of the US, computers, navigation systems, and a few beers. Following the banquet on Thursday night all riders were given their official Rally Pack for the first leg of their journey. They will arrive in New Ulm, MN on Monday, August 13 via Savannah, GA, Maine and Canada to receive their second leg which will cover the entire southwest.

You can find out more about Team Strange, ButtLite and follow their journey here:

Team Strange was founded by Eddie James, and a foundation has been set up in his memory to stop the cycle of child hood abuse. Many riders remember Eddie with a simple sticker on their bike. Lisa Erbes, Eddies’ fiancée works tireless hours coordinating these rallies and managing Eddie’s foundation –, and we thank her for the confidence in selecting us this years ButtLite 6IX kick-off location.

Good luck riders, and don’t lose the rally flag!