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19th annual Awareness Rally in Pocatello

The P.O.W. M.I.A. association is preparing for their biggest fundraiser of the year Saturday. The 19th annual awareness rally begins this afternoon through Saturday evening.

It is being held at the Bannock County fairgrounds and is open to the public. The event will raise money for the National League of Families in Washington D.C. and the veterans home in Pocatello.

Saturday’s ceremony will have a P-51 fly-by at 1 p.m.

“I want to let the public know that this is a good cause. It’s a fun event for the family and to bring your kids,” said Tim Cowden, director for P.O.W. M.I.A. Association of Pocatello.

Doors open at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Here is the list of events for the rally:

Freddy’s Friday FUNdraiser

Friday, July 26 10:15am – 11:15pm

Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers located at 210 Bullock Chubbuck

Mention the POW*MIA Awareness Association and help support a great cause!

20% of their daily sales will be donated to POW*MIA Awareness Association

Noon – 2pm join the POW*MIA Association at Freddy’s for a social get together

World’s Largest POW*MIA Flag

Will be raised Friday at 3:00pm at the Idaho National Guard Armory

Crane is sponsored by A1 Crane

Redneck Games

Friday evening

Teams of 4 will be required for this event.

The events will be Wheelbarrow Give & Take, Pole in The Hole/Outhouse Shoot, Ski Plank Race, and Wheelbarrow Barrel Races.

Awards: Gift Cards provided by Great Western Malt for combined overall winning scores

1 st $250 Gift Card to Harley Davidson

2 nd $150 Gift Card to Harley Davidson

3 rd $100 Gift Card to Harley Davidson

Raffle Table

Located in the command post

Over $2000 in prizes to be drawn

Separate ticketed raffle items to include:

Camp Chef SmokePro XT24 Pellet Grill donated by Cal Ranch and Camp Chef

Aspen Dental baskets

Raffle Tickets $2 each or 3 tickets for $5

Pins and Patches

Official POW*MIA Rally Gear Available

Official rally t-shirts, made in the USA

Official rally pins, hats, patches, flags, motorcycle flags, POW/MIA bracelets, bandanas, etc.

Breakfast Served in the Campgrounds

7am Saturday morning

Breakfast cooked and served by Power County Search & Research

$5 a plate suggested donation

Motorcycle Fun Run

Led by Jeff Butler 208-221-5333

$20 per bike

Can sign up Friday in the Command Post or Saturday morning in the parking lot

Meet up 8am (Kickstands up 8:30am)

Will return prior to Motorcycle Rodeo starting

Route is to be announced.

Bike Wash


Saturday 10am-6pm

Get your bike washed by the Portneuf Valley Bruiser’s Roller Derby Team

After getting your motorcycle washed show it off by taking the opportunity to get a picture with the girls and your bike

Proceeds go to POW*MIA Awareness Association

Motorcycle Show and Shine

19th year of this event



Cruiser Class ($100.00), Touring Class ($100.00), Antiques & Classics ($100.00), Trike & Side Car Class ($100.00), Best over the Counter Custom ($100.00), People’s Choice ($150.00), Best of Show ($200.00)

On-site Registration: Opens Friday 7/26/19 at 4pm at the Command Post and continues until noon on Saturday 7/27/19 in the Show N Shine area.

Bikes must be in the judging area by 12pm on Saturday

Encourage attendees: Check out the bikes and VOTE for their favorite bikes overall People’s choice voting from 12pm-3pm

Official Judging will begin at 4pm on Saturday

Winners will be announced after Loudest Pipes Competition during halftime of the Rodeo

Kids Bike Rodeo

Sponsored by: Pocatello Cycle, the Soda Gang, Taylor and Brylee Bennett and Steve Loftquist

Starts Saturday at 11:30am

Sign Ups at the command post until 11am

Prizes: A New Bike for each age category and grab bags for all!

Medallions for 1 st , 2 nd , 3 rd place for each category for each age group and a trophy for each age group

Age groups: 5 – 8 & 9 – 12

Events: Fatigue Race, Slow Race, Plank Race and Barrel Race

Custom Bicycles Show and Shine

Big Brother Lowriding will be on hand with their custom-built bicycles on display.

2nd year of this event

Founded by Robert Wallace in 2013 in Pocatello, this group aims to “get the youth off the streets and on a bike”. or find them on facebook at BigBrotherLowriding

People’s Choice voting from 12-3pm

Categories for the kid’s bicycles are:

Best of Show

People’s Choice

Best Sportsmanship

Winners will be announced after Loudest Pipes Competition during halftime of the Rodeo

Big Brother Lowriding will also be raffling custom built bicycle.

Tribute Ceremony

Begins at 1pm in the Rodeo Arena.

P-51 Fly-by Backseat Raffle

Takes place on Saturday during Tribute Ceremony (approx. 1:30pm) over the grandstands

Sponsored by Advanced Isotopes of Idaho

Piloted by John Bagley in his Ol’ Yeller Mustang from the Legacy Flight Museum in Rexburg

Drawing during the July General Membership Meeting

National League of Families

Represented by Mark Stephenson, Board Member and Idaho State Representative for the National League of POW/MIA Families

His keynote remarks will be shared at the Tribute Ceremonies at 1pm on Saturday.

The League’s single, threefold mission supporting our POW/MIAs and KIA/BNR (Killed in Action/Body Not Recovered) from the Vietnam War is to obtain the release and return of all prisoners, the fullest possible accounting for the missing, and the repatriation of remains of those not yet recovered who died while serving our nation.

It is a non-profit 501(c)3 humanitarian organization incorporated May 28, 1970.

It is headquartered in Washington, DC.

Motorcycle Drag Racing

3pm; First event prior to the Motorcycle Rodeo

Entry fee: $10

Prizes: $500 for 1 st , $300 for 2 nd , $200 for 3 rd

Sponsored by: Simplot

Motorcycle Rodeo

Begins Saturday at 3:00pm in the arena, following the Drag Races

19th year of this event

This is the Flagship event of this Rally. It all started with a Motorcycle Rodeo 18 years ago in American Falls.

Entry Fee: $20

Prizes: $2175.00 in cash

Sponsored by: Hunzeker Ford of Soda Sprimgs

This year we will have an Introduction of Riders to introduce the riders to the audience at the beginning of Rodeo

Singles Competitions Include:

Slow Race – Last one to cross the line wins; must stay in own lane.

Keg Push – Object is to be the first to push keg barrel in your lane across the finish line.

Wide Slalom – Weave through the poles, fastest time wins.

Dual Barrel Race – Must go around barrels (clover leaf style) and across the line, the fastest time wins.

Doubles Competitions Include:

Give and Take – Weave through cones with the passenger placing tennis balls on the tops of the cones and then removing them.

Road Kill – Passenger must pick up stuffed animal with a net

Balloon Toss – Passenger must toss water balloon over arch and catch it on the other side.

Weenie Bite – Passenger must bite the weenie hanging from the arch.

Shovel Race – Passenger sits in the scoop of a shovel as driver races across arena.

Rodeo Intermission (Half-time) approx. 5:30-6:30pm, will consist of the Loudest Pipes Competition and Show and Shine Awards, and Big Brother Lowriding winners will also be announced.

Loudest Pipes Contest

Loudest Pipes Contest – Saturday at approx. 5:30pm (during half time of rodeo) in the arena.

Loudest Pipes Contest is sponsored by Ted Booth of Booth Architecture and sound monitoring equipment is supplied by Ideal Audio

$250 in cash prizes to be awarded immediately following.

Arm Wrestling Competition

No Registration Fee

Competition begins at 8pm on Saturday near the stage area

9th Year of this event

Sponsored by Mad Ink Studio- 4 $100 Tattoo Gift Certificates for 1 st Place in each weight category

Scale available in Command Post

Double Elimination Tournament Style ran by Robert Sutton


Men’s: 0-150 pounds (Light)

151-200 pounds (Medium)

201 + pounds (Heavy)

Women’s: Open

Live Music

Live concerts are included with general admission ticket

Sponsored by Mountain View Hospital and Casey Jackman

Friday Bands

Relyx take the stage at 3:30 pm

Classic Rock & Blues group hailing from Pocatello, ID.

Band Members are Tom Mendoza-Drums and vocals, Adele Mendoza-Keyboards and vocals, Jay Eddy-Bass and vocals, and John Young-Lead guitar and vocals

Find Relyx at

As Is takes the stage at 9pm

Covering your favorite Rockin’ Dance tunes from the past and present!

AS IS is a 3-piece band of professional musicians with over 60 years combined experience, 2 bachelor degree’s in Music and able to perform on a regular basis. They are one of the busiest and hardest working bands in Idaho! Band Members are Nic Rorris – Bass & Vocals, Shane Lindsay – Drums & Vocals, and
Sherrod Parkhouse – Guitar & Vocals

Find AS IS at

Saturday Band

Phoenix Risen takes the stage at 9pm

Phoenix Risen is a 4-piece rock and roll band from Pocatello Idaho that combines elements from several rock genres to form our own unique sound. Our original material borders on the hard rock range but mixes in styles from classic rock, to punk and even grunge. We also do a wide range of covers like Queen and Janis Joplin all the way to Tool and AC/DC. Our band is fronted by vocalist Tiffany Osterhout who has been singing competitively for over a decade and decided to try a band experience. Our guitarist is Shane Morris who played rhythm guitar in Shattered Aftermath prior to this project. Our bassist is Morgan Blackwelder who hails from Florida and has amazing skills on the fretboard. Our drummer is Mark Sorenson who also played in Shattered Aftermath and is a wizard on the kit. We came together because of our genuine love of music and the creative process. We really love those fans who continue to support us and encourage us while we live out our dream.

Find Phoenix Risen at

Thank you to our sponsors:

Aspen Dental
Hunzeker Ford
Mountain View Hospital
A-1 Crane
Advanced Isotopes of Idaho
B’s Porta-Potties
Bannock County
Bannock County Sheriff’s Department
Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA)
Bikers For Christ
Bishard Realty
Black Swann Inn
Blazing Grace Church
Booth Architecture
Brooke Eppa
Cami Chopski
Camp Chef

Casey Jackman Investment Properties
Christian Motorcycle Association (CMA)
Citizens Community Bank
Cooper Norman CPA’s & Business Advisors
Crapo Trucking
Dewall Construction
Eagle Rock Indian Motorcycles
Fidelis Security Group
Freddy’s Frozen Custard
Great Western Malt
Helen Misner – Remax
Home Depot
ID NG Family Assistance Programs
Idaho Falls Chukars
Idaho National Guard
Idaho State Journal
Ideal Audio
J and J Auto Body
Jim Dandy Brewing
Kari’s Korner
Kim Mingo
Liberty Hall
Lynn Yowell
Mad Ink Studio
Mandrill Fitness Academy

Northwest Graphics

Old Skool Choppers
Pocatello Cycle
Pocatello Fire Department
Pocatello Powersports
Power County Search & Rescue
Redeemed Desert Riders
Rich Broadcasting
Robert Sutton
Rodeo Crew
Sandhill Media
Shear Sisters
Silent Sinners
Soda Gang
Stasia Acrobats
The Sewing Room
UPS Store
Velma Humphries
Westwood Discount
Wild Lines Face Painting

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