Special to Iredell Free News

Members of the Red Knights International Firefighters Motorcycle Club began arriving in Statesville on Wednesday for the organization’s Regional Dixie Rally.

More than 350 visitors, including the firefighters and their family members, will be in town through Sunday, May 19, to enjoy the region’s offerings and support local emergency service charities.

The Hilton Garden Inn in Statesville is serving as the host hotel, with additional accommodations provided by the nearby Ramada and Comfort Inn hotels thanks to the collaborative efforts with the Statesville Convention & Visitors Bureau.

“It has been an honor to work with the event organizers, and we are proud to host groups like the Red Knights, who make a substantial economic impact on our community,” said SCVB Executive Director Cindy Sutton.

Attendees will participate in daily rides to nearby attractions, including a trip to Mt. Airy to experience the charm of Mayberry. Each evening, participants will return to Statesville to dine, shop and discover the local culture. The highlight of the rally will be a banquet at the Statesville Civic Center on Friday evening.

The event will have a significant economic impact on the local economy, while also raising awareness for motorcycle safety and community support for firefighters.

The Statesville community is excited to support and participate in this significant event, further enhancing the city’s reputation as a host for regional gatherings and charitable activities, Sutton said.

Be mindful of the increased motorcycle activity in the area and always look twice to save a life.

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