Rock Island Grand Prix

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Roger Ruthhart (309) 736-3517;

Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix powered by Mediacom invites community to participate in race weekend

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - Each year on Labor Day Weekend streets are blocked off in downtown Rock Island and thousands of race fans descend on the city for the Xtream Rock Island Grand Prix powered by Mediacom. This year race officials are inviting local individuals, businesses and organizations to join the fun.

"With all of the people that come to town, and all the open space provided due to closed streets, we thought other groups should be able to take advantage of that," said Roger Ruthhart, president of the race organization.

Groups are being offered space at no cost to set up booths for demonstrations, fund raising, handing out information, couponing and other promotional activities. Booth space is limited to 20 by 20 feet. This does not include food and beverage vendors. Participants must sign an agreement, go where they are assigned, and agree to promote the Grand Prix using their social media, email lists or other means of promotion.

"Our reasoning is if everyone who participates also helps to promote the event it will help grow the overall crowd in attendance. All of us will benefit from that," Ruthhart said. The more things there are to do at the races, the longer race fans and others will stay, he said.

"It's a long weekend of racing and we love to provide and promote other distractions and things to do," Ruthhart added.

The Grand Prix also has opportunities for groups to earn money by helping with track construction during the day the week prior and after the race, as well as Friday night August 31 and Sunday night Sept. 2. Email your interest for more details.

Those interested in the opportunity should email the Grand Prix at . Please do not call because the staff is busy with inquiries from race competitors, but all emails will be answered.

Sponsors for this year's event include: Mediacom, Jumer's Casino & Hotel, Hoosier Tires, LeCont Tires, AT&T, Gett Industries, Briggs & Stratton Racing, Modern Woodman Financial/ Joe Schurr agent, CBS TV4 / Fox 18 and CW, Schurr Power Racing Engines, Sunbelt Rentals, AMT Ambulance, Johannes Bus Service, The Dispatch-Rock Island Argus-QC, Modern Woodman Bank, Holiday Inn Rock Island,, Courtesy Car City, Gas & Electric Credit Union, Rogan Scale, J&J Camper Sales, 61 Kartway, Triple E Sales, Curry's Transportation, Miller Trucking and Excavating, Meier Trucking, Brenny's Motorcycle Center and the local radio stations Q106, Fox Sports QC, WOC and WLLR.

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