Sexy oil wrestling out, show-and-tell seminar for children in.

That’s one of the changes organizers of the planned four-day motorcycle rally have made to make the event more community-friendly and appease critics concerned the rally will be too adult oriented.

“We’re trying to make everyone as happy as possible and still make it attractive to attend,” said Carmen Toromino, organizer of the Niagara MC Rally.

Scheduled to run from July 5 to 8 in the empty lot at the corner of 10th Street and Cleveland Avenue, the event was advertised to feature a motorcycle showcase, live bands, alcohol and adult-themed contests. Over the past two weeks, the rally has been denounced by some residents in that area, including the Rev. William Nelson-Loefke, pastor of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, which sits a block away from the proposed site.

Since learning of the event, Nelson-Loefke has spoken to numerous city and event officials to address his concerns that locating the rally in a residential neighborhood casts a bad image. In addition, both the church and the nearby Center for Joy will be hosting a large group of youths the same week of the rally, raising safety concerns, Nelson-Loefke said.

In response to the criticism, Toromino has made several changes including moving the entire rally a block from the original site at the corner of Michigan Avenue and 10th Street. He’s also made arrangements with the Main Street Business and Professional Association to move the food vendors to Trolley Park so people can eat without entering the actual rally if they choose.

The association has given Toromino its blessing to host the rally, said member Zach Casale, who did a check on the event’s history when it was first proposed for the city.

“We did our homework and did our research and I heard nothing but good things and people raving about Carmen,” Casale said. “By no means does he intend this rally to be offensive, inappropriate or dangerous.”

Toromino said he recently sent a letter to Nelson-Loefke informing him of another change: Eliminating the women’s oil wrestling competition.

“Unfortunately ... there were assumptions made by a few, labeling it as immoral,” Toromino said about the wrestling.

In its place will be a 20-to-30-minute “show and tell” seminar designed for children and adults offering an up close view of a custom motorcycle. The show, scheduled for all four days of the rally, will also explain safety and upkeep needed to own such a vehicle.

“I feel this is a valuable learning experience for many,” Toromino wrote in the letter. “Maybe this way we can start educating that owning a motorcycle does not make you different.”

Nelson-Loefke said he hadn’t received the letter as of Friday morning, but has heard from other sources about some of the changes.

“I do sense that Carmen has backed away from more of the questionable acts and I’m praying he holds to that,” the pastor said. “There’s some issues we’ve gained some ground on.”

He later added: I think I would get to a place where I would condone (the rally).”

Another major change is the elimination of available tent and RV space being reserved near Sal Maglie Stadium along Hyde Park Boulevard for out-of-town visitors. Toromino said criticism over increased traffic and other issues forced him to cancel that plan and refer customers to nearby camp sites. It also will eliminate a donation he planned on making to the city’s Youth Board.

“I was going to donate 100 percent of the money from that,” Toromino said.

Now in its fourth year, the rally has never attracted adverse reaction until now, Toromino said. Previously, it had been held at the Summit mall in Wheatfield and Fashion Outlets mall in the town of Niagara. He chose to bring it to the city this year, feeling it would be an economic boon attracting up to 12,000 visitors over the four days.

Because of the problems — and money he’s lost from making last-minute changes — Toromino said he’ll likely be seeking a new site next year.

“I’m not really happy about coming to Niagara Falls now,” he said.

Nelson-Loefke maintains the concerns over the rally weren’t meant to be an indictment of motorcyclists, but over the apparent lack of communication with neighbors and that young people visiting the area weren’t considered.

While he’s pleased the rally has scaled back in some areas, the pastor is still worried about the noise level and potential for fighting and public intoxication.

“Those fears will simply not go away,” he said.

Both Toromino and Nelson-Loefke will be part of a meeting at City Hall this morning to discuss the rally. Also in attendance will be City Administrator Bill Bradberry, Police Superintendent John Chella, Fire Chief William MacKay and Public Works Director John Caso.

“I think they just want to go over everything and make sure we’re all on the same page,” Toromino said.

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