PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to announce that historic Virginia City, Nev., will host a western-style street party on Friday, July 27, for attendees of the 2012 AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference. The four-day event, which stages out of nearby Carson City, July 26-29, features seminars, inspirational speakers, great roads, demo rides, product showcases and unmatched camaraderie.
In the mid 19th century, Virginia City was the most important industrial city between Denver and San Francisco, and its silver and gold mines made millionaires out of prospectors from all over the world. Today, the original charm of the town remains intact, with shops, museums and restaurants lining the main street's wooden sidewalks.
"Our Friday evening party will take us back in time as we gather in the iconic and picturesque mining town of Virginia City," said AMA Marketing Manager Tigra Tsujikawa, who has been instrumental in planning the conference activities. "We're shutting down the main street so we can enjoy an authentic western cookout, not to mention an unforgettable ride to and from the event against the stunning backdrop of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. If you are a woman who loves to ride, the AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference is the place to be!"
The event features another plus for 2012: the addition of conference emcee Jessica Prokup. A former editor of RoadBike Magazine and director of communications for Discover Today's Motorcycling, Prokup now owns Yellow Devil Gear Exchange in Southern California and serves as the host of the eBay video series "modJOBS 2." She will take the reins at the evening activities, and also employ her journalistic talents, serving as a daytime roving reporter for the event.
"Not only is Jessica a talented media personality and successful businesswoman, she also exemplifies the passion and enthusiasm that women have for motorcycling," said Tsujikawa. "Her participation adds depth to our conference activities, and we could not be more pleased to welcome her to the conference."
The 2012 AMA International Women & Motorcycling Conference will take place in Carson City, Nev. July 26-29. Registration fees are $175 for AMA members and $235 for non-members through July 10. Non-members who join the AMA at a cost of $49 will still pay less than the "non-member" rate. Included in the fee are seminars, the marketplace and Moto Action Center, the Friday Night Cookout in Virginia City, the Saturday Night Celebration Party, and a Women's Health Fair where women can get a variety of health screenings such as mammograms and cholesterol and blood pressure checks. Registrants will also receive a conference t-shirt and gift bag.
To register for the conference or see full conference details, as well as information about how to become an AMA member, visit WomenandMotorcycling.com. Watch for updates on the conference Facebook page at Facebook.com/AMAWomenAndMotorcycling.
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world's largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists' interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame, the AMA honors the heroes and the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com.