• Clare Poker Run
  • Best Beard Contest
  • Burnout Contest
  • Show ‘n’ Shine
  • Rat Bike Contest
  • Light the Night Ride and Contest
  • Arm Wrestling
  • Tattoo Competition
  • Biker Games and Obstacle Course

Clare Poker Run

Congrats to all the winners in the Acadian Shore Poker Run during Wharf Rat Rally! Tim Edwards of Beaverbank, NS won the $500 VISA card grand prize with an amazing score of 915! Thank you to all 134 participants for supporting our non-profits. Thanks also to our sponsors and volunteers. See you in 2019!

Click here to see all the winners!


Best Beard Contest

Hosted  and sponsored by The Artful Dodger, this year's winners in this contest are:Artful Dodger

  • Best Moustache - John Kemp
  • Best Long Beard - John Kemp
  • Best Short Beard - Aaron Schroeder
  • Best Goatee - Mike Geislinger
  • Best Full Natural Beard - John Kemp
  • Best Santa Impression - Doug Wood

2018 Best Beard Contestants. 

Beard Contest 2018


Burnout Contest

This year's burnout contest was Sunday, September 2nd on THE WHARF starting at 6pm and was set up in a chock on the back of a flatbed trailer. Thank you to Keith Weagle and Weagle Construction for hosting this contest.


  • Jeremy Comeau
  • Dan Brazzell
  • Corey Bartlett


Show ‘n’ Shine

A perennial favourite, the Show ‘n’ Shine is back this year on Saturday afternoon starting at 1:30 at the Heritage Hall right downtown. This year's contest is being sponsored by Slinger Cycles - thank you, Mike!

  • Best Custom - Marc Chaisson 
  • Best Cruiser  - Michael Festing
  • Best Sport Bike - Troy Lohnes
  • Best Chopper - Joey Conrad
  • Best Paint - Barbara Festing
  • Best Vintage - Jim Biro
  • Best Non-Conventional - Jim Biro
  • Best Overall Shine - Ron Rennekan
  • Farthest Away - Jim Biro

A People's Choice award will also be presented with the winner's name added to the trophy at Headquarters.

Congratulations Barabara Festing for Winning the People's Choice Award for this year's wharf rat rally Show 'n Shine! 

Peoples Choice 2018- resized


Rat Bike Contest

Once again, we'd like to thank NSCC Akerley campus for providing the Rat Bike Contest trophies. It's always wonderful to receive the community support!

Sunday at 4:30 at the Heritage Hall.

The MacGyver Award recognizes an element or item of the motorcycle that recycles or reuses an item in a manner that MacGyver would have.

Winner: Peter Vidito

The Pure Genius Award identifies an idea that is unique or inspirational.

Winner: Marco Page

The Now... That's a Rat Award is the choice for the all-around concept of a true rat bike.

Winner: Peter Vidito

The overall award has his or her name added to the Headquarters trophy.

Peter Vidito - Rat award


Light the Night

Participate or admire! Either way, enjoy the Light the Night ride through town of "lit" motorcycles, sponsored by JT Leving Well Drilling. Registration takes place at 9pm on Saturday, September 1st at the Welcome Centre by the Tim Horton's on Warwick and Victoria, with kickstands up at 9:15pm.

The route will go down Warwick and along Water and Birch Streets, up Carleton that little way and then onto First Avenue. It will turn back down Warwick and the bikes will be parked on Water Street where People's Choice ballots will be handed out. Voting will finish by 9:45 (or when the crowds stop asking for ballots!) and the winner and two runners-up will be awarded the JT Leving Well Drilling trophies. No cost to enter.


Armwrestling Competition

The Nova Scotia Armwrestling Association will be hosting an amateur competition during the Wharf Rat Rally on Saturday, September 2nd (Rally waterfront stage). This is open to all amateur and novice armwrestlers. There will be both men's and ladies' classes. The men's right-hand classes are 154, 176, 198 and over 198lbs. The left-hand classes are 176 and over 176lbs. The ladies will be open in both the right and left-hand classes.

There will also be several challenge matches that will pit the best armwrestlers in Nova Scotia against the best from the other Maritime provinces. You will see several Canadian Champions fighting it out against one another in the Battle of the Atlantic, now an annual event.

Weigh-ins are at 12pm on Saturday and the competition will be at 1pm at Digby Centre Stage. For more information check out our website: www.NovaScotiaArmWrestling.com or contact Rick Pinkney at 902-489-9008.


Tattoo Contest

The 2018 Tattoo Contest will be awarded on Saturday, September 8th at the Sunset Pub in Conway.

This year’s competition includes the following categories:           sunset logo x 150

  • Best large black & gray
  • Best small black & gray
  • Best large colour
  • Best small colour
  • Best sleeve
  • Best back
  • Best overall

To Enter: upload a picture of your tattoo to the facebook link >> 2018 Wharf Rat Rally Tattoo Competition, In Memory of Bob Davidson

Prize of Trophy and a $100 Gift Certificate for Everlasting Ink.


Biker Games

This year, join the Annapolis Valley Precision Drill Team on the grassy area next to Heritage Hall on Saturday at 2pm for your chance to claim bragging rights and a grab-bag of goodies!


Obstacle Course

Once again, try your skill at the Arena on Shreve Street on Sunday after the Drill Team's 11am show. Full protective gear must be worn.