2018 Roar on the Shore® Grand Marshal Goes from ‘Picker’ to ‘Pawn Star’

2018 Roar on the Shore® Grand Marshal
Goes from ‘Picker’ to ‘Pawn Star’

Rick Harrison to lead thousands of bikers to Perry Square

ERIE – A conflict with his TV production schedule has forced Frank Fritz of History’s “American Pickers” to cancel his upcoming grand marshal role for the 2018 Roar on the Shore® Bike Week, Roar® officials announced today. In short order, rally organizers tapped Rick Harrison, the star of the channel’s “Pawn Stars” to lead Roar on the Shore’s® Bringin’ in the Roar® Bike Parade.

“When you book a reality star or entertainer, it’s a reality that you risk changes in his or her schedule,” explained Ralph J. Pontillo, Roar on the Shore’s® executive director. “But we are thrilled Rick accepted our invitation. A small business owner, reality television personality and a motorcycle enthusiast, Rick Harrison is the perfect combination for a Roar® grand marshal.

Harrison is co-founded with his father of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop on Las Vegas Boulevard. Named one of the city’s top non-gaming tourist attractions, the pawn shop sees about 4,000 visitors each day.  Now in its 15th season, “Pawn Stars” has become one of History’s highest-rated shows.

The Bringin’ in the Roar® Bike Parade departs at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 19 from Presque Isle Downs & Casino before arriving at The Hub in downtown Erie. Donation to ride in the parade is $20 per bike in advance and $25 at the gate.

Sponsored by the Manufacturer & Business Association, the 12th annual Roar on the Shore® Bike Week — Erie’s official bike week — is set for July 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22, 2018. Proceeds will benefit the Sarah A. Reed Children's Center, Erie's oldest nonprofit human service provider for children with behavioral challenges.