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By: Tim Donaldson

Fisher's ATV World 

2nd Fisher’s ATV Reunion
Roll Away the Dew!

2nd Fisher’s ATV Reunion

 2nd Fisher’s ATV Reunion

2nd Fisher’s ATV Reunion

2nd Fisher’s ATV Reunion

2nd Fisher’s ATV Reunion

Roll away the dew! The famous chorus lyrics coined in the Grateful Dead classic, Franklin’s Tower, is said to refer to Ben Franklin’s heat treating techniques while crafting the Liberty Bell. Though those in attendance at Fisher’s 2nd ATV Reunion were rolling away the rain and thought they were “planting ice” from the inclement weekend weather, it didn’t sway anyone from having a great time at the weekend event. The Davisson Brothers even played their own version of Jerry’s famous tune.

Held from September 11-13, 2009, at the Rock Run Recreation Area in Patton, Pennsylvania, the event marked the second reunion hosted by Fisher’s ATV World, and with one reunion of experience under their belts and a year to plan this year’s event, the Fisher’s team vowed that this one would be bigger and better. Coming through on their promise and not disappointing – the family-geared event featured daily trail riding on Rock Run’s 6000+ acres of trails, tons of big sponsors and prize giveaways, a huge vendor midway, Akraix freestyle show, and bang up Toyota Tundra Concert performances by Michael Scott and the Davisson Brothers Band. An up-and-coming star in her own right, Briana Fisher, Brian and Melissa Fisher’s daughter, even got in on the action and was on stage singing for the audience.

2nd Fisher’s ATV Reunion

2nd Fisher’s ATV Reunion

2nd Fisher’s ATV Reunion

2nd Fisher’s ATV Reunion

2nd Fisher’s ATV Reunion 

With around 1,500 people, the event drew in folks from as far away as Florida, Texas, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and many other surrounding states. Also, there were 39 ATV Clubs in attendance vying for their chance, by having the most members present at the reunion, to participate in a private club ride that will be filmed and featured on Fisher’s ATV World.  Representing with 39 members, the winners were the Workshop Trailblazers from York, Pennsylvania. Each attending member of the club also won a 1-year membership to the Fisher’s Mud Club.

As for other rewards, the Fishers gave away more than $21,000 worth of raffle prizes–including a new Yamaha Grizzly 550 FI 4x4 EPS ATV, $5,000 worth of Warn Products, and $750 in Can-Am/BRP Gift Certificates, along with many others. The winner of the ATV was Dan Palmer of North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. Forty-three members of the Mud Club also joined Brian Fisher and the Fish Staff for a private VIP party before the Saturday evening concerts.

Though Friday evening’s events were delayed due to rain, it didn’t stop any of the daily events from taking place. Warn winch performed daily demonstrations. Can-Am/BRP brought their ATV models for test riding, as did Yamaha. Skills contests included the Rock Run Mudbog and Tire Toss and the ever popular Fisher’s Mud Run, featuring special participation from Michael Scott. Other activities included a skills course, poker run, and guided tour of “The Rock. ”

Saturday brought the acrobatic performances of numerous amateurs in the wheelie contest, and even though the Akraix freestyle team was eager to perform, the weather made any of their attempts just too dangerous, until Sunday. After the sun came shining through, the team was able to dazzle the audience with their acrobatic feats. Unfortunately, the wind was blowing enough to prevent the revered ATV backflip from taking place. Nonetheless, Akraix wowed the crowds.

As the weather began to break Saturday afternoon, it was just in time to pack everything that was delayed from Friday evening into one, all-encompassing, extravaganza! Being the anniversary of 9/11, a special tribute was made to those who have and are serving in the armed forces. A new episode and outtakes, known as the Fish Reel, from the show were shown on a 40-foot, outdoor jumbo screen. The Davisson Brothers performed with their high energy, colorful style, and Michael Scott brought the house down with his gifted ability to get down and entertain.

With such a great event with so many different things that took place, I asked Brian Fisher his favorite memory from the weekend. Brian said, “It would have to be the kid’s ATV ride that we took early Saturday morning. I like to spend extra time with the kids. They’re our future, and it means a lot to me that they look up to me like I’m some kind of celebrity. I’m just Brian, but if I can make a difference in being a positive influence on whether they decide to put on a helmet when they ride and doing the right things to keep our sport growing, then I’ve done my job.”

Once again, as they have so many times before with their television show, Fisher’s ATV has taken the lead on providing first-class entertainment to the ATV community through their reunion event. Melissa Fisher, Executive Producer of Fisher’s ATV World, explains, “It doesn’t matter where we go or whom we meet out on the trail, these people are like family to us, and we’re just really thankful to have the opportunity to be doing what we’re doing!”  Brian and the Fisher Staff would like to thank everyone that attended the 2009 reunion for coming out and supporting what they do.

Be sure to watch Fisher’s ATV World on the Outdoor Channel and plan to attend the 3rd Fisher’s ATV Reunion to be held, again, at the Rock Run Recreation Park in Patton, Pennsylvania for the entire weekend of August 13 through 15, 2010 for what promises to be one of the best ATV events of the year. When the Fishers say BIGGER and BETTER, they mean it!

For more details about Fisher’s ATV World, Fisher’s ATV Reunion, and show information, visit www.fishersatvworld.com. Visit www.rockrunrecreation.com for information about the Rock Run Recreation Park in Patton, Pennsylvania.


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