Shipping to the Rally?
Packages should be shipped to arrive no earlier than Wednesday, July 16. Label all packages as follows:
Your Name, BMW MOA Rally,
Minnesota State Fairgrounds
C/O Cory Franzmeier for BMW MOA
1880 Como Ave.
St Paul, MN 55108
What if there is an emergency at home and I need to be reached, or I need assistance on way to the Rally?
Emergency number at the rally is (651) 288-4400 ext 0 and is available during business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The BMW MOA Office in St. Louis can be reached during business hours at 636-394-7277. If unable to reach anyone at the listed numbers, contact Cory @ 651-503-1199 or Rally Chairs at 952-807-5841, 719-510-9452 for assistance.
How many people are expected to attend?
We are expecting more than 5,000.
Are there BMW dealerships near the Rally?
There are three BMW dealerships in Minnesota within a 50-mile radius. There will also be a dealership on site offering tire/oil changes and transportation to the dealership if needed.
Leo’s South: 16375 Kenrick Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044 (952) 435-5371 or (800) 685-2304 www.leossouth.com
Moon Motors: 3613 Chelsea Rd W., Monticello, MN 55362 763-295-2920
Hopkins Hitching Post: 350 17th Ave. N, Hopkins, MN 55343 (952) 933-9649 www.hponline.com
When does registration open?
Online registration opens March 1. A registration form will be in the Owners News beginning with the March issue and also appearing in the April issue.
How much does it cost to attend the Rally?
MOA Members - $50 pre-registration, $60 gate registration.
Non-Members - $70 pre-registration, $80 gate registration.
Children - $5 for ages 6–15 pre-registration, $10 for ages 6–15 at the gate.
No charge for children 5 and under.
Will personal checks and credit cards be accepted for gate fees?
Personal checks, MasterCard, VISA and cash are accepted.
Do I have to be a member of BMW MOA to attend?
No, the BMW MOA International Rally is open to all BMW riders and their guests. Members receive a $20 registration discount. Non-members may join MOA at the Rally registration area and receive the gate fee discount. One year individual membership is $40.
Do I have to ride a BMW motorcycle to attend?
The Rally is for BMW riders and their guests. Other brands are welcome as long as they meet local noise abatement regulations.
Do I have to ride a motorcycle to attend?
It is not necessary; feel free to come by plane, train, automobile, etc.
Can I bring a guest?
As noted above, you can bring a guest and they will be made to feel welcome.
Will there be Day Passes?
No, they are not available. The Rollin’ by the River Rally is an event and the event fees are as stated above. Whether you spend a day or stay for the entire Rally, the event fee is a bargain.
When does the Rally start and end?
The Rally opens Thursday, July 24, at 8:00 a.m. and ends at noon on Sunday, July 27. Note: Sunday is primarily a clean-up day. Vendors will not be open and no activities are planned.
When is the earliest I can arrive at the Rally and set up camp?
Rally set-up volunteers will begin arriving on Monday, July 21. Set-up volunteer registration opens at 12:00 noon, Wednesday, July 23. Anyone arriving prior to July 24 will be expected to volunteer for set-up duties or a shift during the rally. Regular Rally services such as food vendors, restrooms, showers and so on, may be very limited until noon on Wednesday, July 23.
How do I volunteer?
The Rally Committee Chair list is posted on the MOA website. Contact any of the committees and volunteer. When you get to the Rally, the Volunteer Booth will be located in the Progress Center with the MOA functions (Registration, Door Prizes, Country Store, etc.) and they can sign you up for work shifts.
If you arrive on site early, it is expected you will volunteer for the event. Stop anyone in a cart upon arriving at the Rally and they will put you to work or direct you to the volunteer sign-up area.
When will the Rally site map be available?
The site map is online at http://www.bmwmoa.org and will appear in the June Owners News.
Where will seminars be located?
Seminars will be located throughout the grounds. Reference the Seminar Schedule in the June Owners News, the MOA website and consult your Rally program upon arriving.
Where will the commercial vendors be located?
All commercial vendors will be located either inside the Education Building or outside along Cosgrove Avenue, Wright Avenue, and Cooper Avenue.
Will there be a way to ship items home from the Fairgrounds?
Yes. UPS will be located in the commercial vendor building and will be open on Sunday.
Will wireless service be available?
The Rally grounds will have wireless service in limited areas.
Will campfires be allowed on the Rally site?
No. Fires are not allowed on site.
Do I need to reserve a camping site?
No. There are acres and acres of grassy, shaded tent camping space available on the grounds.
Do I need to worry about leaving my gear unattended?
The grounds are completely fenced and there is no public access during the Rally. Although there will be security, normal precautions and common sense should prevail with regard to your belongings.
Will there be a designated Quiet Camping Area?
No. The grounds are large enough that no designated area will be identified. First timers should remember that ear plugs will make your nights more restful. We ask all of our campers to practice common courtesy throughout the Rally grounds.
Are there showers and flush toilets near the camping area?
Showers are available in the water tower in the RV campground as well as on Cosgrove Street in front of the RV Campground. There are Restroom buildings throughout the grounds with placement of additional port-a-johns as needed.
If I drive my car to the Rally, will I be able to camp?
Yes. Upon arriving at the Rally, you may drive to your selected camping area and set up camp. Your vehicle should then be relocated to the designated auto parking area.
Will there be a Special Medical Needs (SMN) camping area that has electrical outlets?
Yes. There will be a designated SMN area with electrical service. These spots are for SMN campers only and may prevent you from camping adjacent to friends.
Can generators be used in the tent camping area?
No. Use of generators is prohibited in the tent camping areas.
Can I cordon off camping space for my group of friends?
No. The MOA Board of Directors Rally policy states cordoning off camping space for future arrivals is strictly prohibited. Group camping for MOA clubs is available. Contact the Chartered Club Group Camping Chair for information.
Is there an RV Area?
Yes, there are limited RV electric spaces with 30 amp service to each unit with a central water dispenser for the parking area and a sewer dump available. We are working on the possibility of “honey wagon” service at individual cost during the event. A limited number of full service RV sites are available in a separate area. RV registration opens on March 1.
Will rider training be available at the Rally?
Yes. There will be a variety of on- and off-pavement rider education opportunities coordinated by the MOA Rider Performance University. Watch the BMW Owners News and web site for details.
Will there be BMW demo rides this year?
Yes. BMW is planning to offer demo rides during the Rally.
Will worship services be available?
MOA will not be organizing worship services. If services are offered, there will be postings announcing times and location.
Are pets allowed at the Rally?
Pets are allowed, but we strongly urge you to use common sense when it comes to your pets. You are responsible for noise (barking) and cleaning up after your pet. Pets should not be left unattended and must be on a leash for the pet's own safety. Common courtesy must apply. Owners with problem pets will be asked to leave. Only Service animals are permitted in the buildings.
Will there be "Friends of Bill W" meetings on site?
Yes. See your Rally program for times and location.
Will there be activities for my kids?
Children's activities are limited to kids ages 5–12 and there will be children's activities in the Crysteel Building. Check the Rally program for times.
Will there be a Camp GEARS for young riders?
Yes. Camp GEARS will be held on Tuesday, July 22, and Wednesday, July 23, and is open to young riders ages 14–18.
Can I change my oil at the Rally?
Yes. A Do-It-Yourself area will be available.
Can I buy new tires at the Rally?
Yes. We expect one or more tire vendors at the rally.
Is there a helmet law in Minnesota and what about other laws?
No helmet law. Max speed limit on highways is 70 mph or as posted. BAC limit is .08. Areas of I-35E are designated Parkway, and 45 mph speeds apply.
Will public transportation be available from the rally grounds to local restaurants?
Metro bus service is available outside the grounds. If additional transportation is available, it will be announced in the rally program and details will be available at the Hospitality Booth and the Information Booth.