Lisa Dean, Miss Roar on the Shore 2011 contestant.
Lisa Dean almost quit the Miss Roar on the Shore competition after moving past the initial round at Coconut Joe’s.
She was told that she couldn’t ride in the parade and compete in Miss Roar on the Shore.
After “making a huge stink,” she said, she got the green light to ride.
“If I can’t do it with my bike, I said I’m not going to do it at all,” she said.
Until this year, Dean was the only licensed rider in the competition. Last year’s winner Kelly Donlon had a permit, but at the time of Roar on the Shore 2010, she hadn’t gotten her license.
Dean said she wanted to get involved for two reasons: “I thought that this should represent this generation of women riders,” she said, listing her reasons. “And the charity, Flight 93, that was huge.”
Dean rides a 250 Honda Rebel, a bike that is noticably smaller than the other bikes that surrounded her in the parade lineup.
“It fits me,” she said.
See a clip of Dean minutes off her bike from the Bringin’ in the Roar parade on GoErie.com/streetview in the Roar on the Shore video player.
Watch the Miss Roar on the Shore finals and crowning at 8:30 at the Hub at the Perry Square main stage.
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