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Experience Hog Daze and the Jonesboro River Rally in Grant County, Indiana

America’s favorite motorcycle first earned the nickname “hog” after the winners of the 1920 Marion International Motorcycle Race took their victory lap with their team mascot, a pig. Cruise through the classic and cool area for a ride to remember.

Hog Daze, Annually in August

Motorcycle rallies aren’t usually considered a sign of a rich history, but in the case of East Central, Indiana, the Hog Daze Motorcycle Rally celebrates the time and place that a Harley was first called a “hog.” In 1920, “The Hog Boys” team earned their nickname when they celebrated their victory in the 1920 Marion (Indiana) International Motorcycle Race by riding with a pig around the Cornfield Classic track.  The hog moniker stuck, and the Hog Boys’ route to victory is celebrated annually at the Hog Daze Motorcycle Rally.

If You Go To Hog Daze:

  • Event location: Grant County 4-H Fairgrounds, 1403 IN-18 E in Marion. Located 5 miles west of I-69 (exit 264) and 6 miles east of IN-9 and IN-15.
  • Event Dates: Held annually in August
      • Lodging: Local hotels, B&B’s, and camping available
  • Sponsor: the Hog Daze Bike Rally is an Indiana Motorcycle Preservation Society Event

Jonesboro River Rally, Annually in September

Downtown Jonesboro, Indiana plays host to the area’s largest motorcycle rally, the annual Jonesboro River Rally. Hundreds of bikers experience spectacular live entertainment, trick riders, fun events,  and great food.  The event is held the same weekend as the Remembering James Dean Festival, and The Ducktail Run Car Show is happening at the same time, just across the river in Gas City, Indiana. Great 50’s fun during a James Dean weekend in Grant County! This is a unique biker rally that all riders are sure to enjoy.

If You Go To Jonesboro River Rally

  • Event location: In downtown Jonesboro, Indiana along the Mississinewa River, just west of Gas City, Indiana.
  • Event Dates: Held annually in September during James Dean weekend, the last full weekend of the month.
  • Sponsor: Jonesboro’s motorcycle rally is sponsored by Ride & Leather, a local retailer featuring custom motorcycle gear.

Bad Dad Brewing Co.

Grant County’s first and only nano-brewery in beautiful Fairmount, Indiana. Stop by and do a flight or a pint, or a growler to take home.  Pale ales, brown ales, blonde ales, citrus IPA – all perfectly brewed for you to try.Twelve different beers on tap. Sample our beers before dinner at Grains & Grill Restaurant…

Brandt’s I-69 Harley Davidson

Get your biker on.  New bikes, used bikes, service every day of the week.  Visit us for all of your Harley needs –  we’re proud to be in the town that gave the Hog its name!  New rider learning courses, lots of great gear and accessories, and all the latest MotorClothes for guys and gals.…

Cumberland Covered Bridge

The 181-foot covered timbered bridge, built in 1877 and restored in 1999, spans the Mississinewa River at Matthews and is the last remaining covered bridge in Grant County. It was swept from its abutments by the great 1913 flood, and floated a quarter mile downstream. It was later returned to its abutments by horses. The…

Folkies Tavern

“Cheers” type pub offers great atmosphere and great fun! Select your musical favorites from our jukebox. Terrific homemade soups and sandwiches. Short orders our specialty. Daily lunch specials. Dine in or carry out. Lunch and Dinner available.  Currently open Wed-Sat.

Grant County’s Garfield Trail

Fairmount Indiana is the hometown of Jim Davis, creator of the comic strip Garfield. And Jim Davis’ and Garfield’s presence continue to be felt throughout east central Indiana with Grant County’s Garfield Trail. Visit twelve unique statues of America’s favorite lasagna-loving fat cat, Garfield. Located in Marion, Indiana and surrounding Grant County cities, the statues…

Ivanhoe’s Drive In

Our casual atmosphere will help you to relax and enjoy a meal with friends or family. Our menu offers sandwiches, meal-size salads, and our famous chicken salad. Treat yourself to dessert – you’ll have a difficult time making a selection from our menu of over 100 milkshakes and 100 sundaes! Fresh Strawberry Shortcake in season…

Miami Indian Cemetery

The Miami Indian Cemetery is the largest Indian Cemetery in Indiana. Established in the mid-1800s on the Miami Indian reservation, it is the burial site of Chief Meshingomesia and members of his tribe. The land was deeded to the Miami by the United States in the Treaty of 1840. Historic Miami Indian schoolhouse also located…

Mississinewa 1812 Battlefield

The Mississinewa Battlefield was the site of the first victory of the United States Army during the War of 1812, on December 17-18, 1812. A 600-man mounted force led by Lt. Col. John B. Campbell attacked and destroyed four British-allied Indian villages. Site of the annual Mississinewa 1812 living history event. Located 7 miles North…

Pour House, The

Come on in, grab a sandwich and relax.  Full bar available.  Lunch and Dinner available daily.

Rebel’s Pub

The gang’s all here for Rebel’s famous pizza and sandwiches. Lunch and Dinner available every day Monday-Saturday.  The coldest drinks around and the most laid-back atmosphere in town.  Your neighborhood drinking hole with a kick!

Ride & Leather

Custom leather motorcycle gear for you and your bike, including Astech seats and accessories. Leather jackets, vests, gloves, saddlebags, belts, helmets, and cool shades. Check out our man-cave signs. Gift certificates available for every gift-giving occasion for every biker on  your list.

Witter’s Bull Pen Bar & Grill

Bring your friends and bring your smiles!  Fun is always to be found at Witter’s, the friendliest bar and grill in town!  Relax, enjoy our casual atmosphere, and unwind after a long day.  Our food is delicious, our drinks always cold.  Take-out available.  Lunch and Dinner daily.