Confrontation Shuts Down Biker Rally, Foghat Concert

Police shut down an Oregon motorcycle rally following a confrontation between biker groups.

Redmond Police Capt. Brian McNaughton said a large contingent of the Mongols organization arrived at the Run to the Cascades rally at the Deschutes County Fairgrounds on Saturday evening and threatened members of the Hells Angels with violence if they didn’t leave. The Hells Angels had a booth at the event.

KTVZ-TV reports that the Hells Angels did pack up, but witnesses told law enforcement that they said they were coming back with more members to settle the dispute.

Redmond officers, with the assistance of sheriff’s deputies, state police, and Bend police, then shut down the rally, threatening anyone who stayed with trespassing citations and forcing the cancelation of a closing concert by the classic rock group Foghat.

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Thousands of bikers attended the rally, which began Friday.