2010-09-05 / Dining & Entertainment

Get your motor runnin' - Oakley's Bike Weekend

BY JEANNE MARCELLO STAFF REPORTER

ENJOY THE RIDE – The Oakley Bike Weekend drew approximately 3,000 participants for the 2009 event, with nearly 500 motorcycles for the Bike Run on Saturday. Organizers have arranged for more bike parking, as well as handicap parking, for the 2010 event. (TCC Photo by Jeanne Marcello) ENJOY THE RIDE – The Oakley Bike Weekend drew approximately 3,000 participants for the 2009 event, with nearly 500 motorcycles for the Bike Run on Saturday. Organizers have arranged for more bike parking, as well as handicap parking, for the 2010 event. (TCC Photo by Jeanne Marcello) OAKLEY - Head out on the highway for one more adventure before the summer's over; Oakley's Bike Weekend is Sept. 10 - 12. Roughly 500 to 800 motorcycles pull into town for this massive motorcycle mega event in downtown Oakley. This year they've expanded parking to better accommodate the hundreds of bikes in town, as well as adding an area for handicap parking.

With the Loud pipe competition, Burnout Pit, Bike Show and LIVE music featuring crowd favorite, the Knockin' Joe Band; Friday activities offer plenty of reasons to arrive early and spend the whole weekend camping in Oakley. Oh by the way, camping is FREE, as well as FREE admission to all events. There are contest fees for various events where prizes or trophies are awarded.

BORN TO BE WILD - The tattoo artist who brought his portable studio to the Oakley Bike Run in 2009 will return in 2010 to make getting a new tattoo easy as riding a bike. (TCC Photo by Jeanne Marcello) BORN TO BE WILD - The tattoo artist who brought his portable studio to the Oakley Bike Run in 2009 will return in 2010 to make getting a new tattoo easy as riding a bike. (TCC Photo by Jeanne Marcello) Throughout Friday and Saturday, the Oakley Bike Run hosts many motorcycle events, with lots of great food and beverages available; as well as vendors offering everything from biker apparel for men & women to tattoos on site. Food selections include jumbo smoked turkey legs, brats & kraut, chicken wraps and the Family Tavern's famous jambalaya.

Saturday kicks-off with a huge breakfast at Oakley Community Church, 7 a.m. - noon, with services offered too. Then be sure to register for the Bike Run itself at the Family Tavern, and get ready to roll on a 100 mile ride northeast of Oakley. You'll stop at five locations on the map, plus a 6th mystery stop for an extra stamp. The ride rolls to a stop, with all hands turned in by 6 p.m. on Saturday. When that happens, the action heats up.

MIRROR MIRROR - One of last year's vendors offered leather vests with selection of emblems, which were sewn on while you wait. (TCC Photo by Jeanne Marcello) MIRROR MIRROR - One of last year's vendors offered leather vests with selection of emblems, which were sewn on while you wait. (TCC Photo by Jeanne Marcello) American Legion Post #212 will salute the U.S. Flag at 6:15 p.m. and bike games start up at 6:30 p.m. with the Weenie Bite and Potato Roll. Trophies will be awarded for bikes and activities. Raffle prizes include bike mirrors and blankets. DJ and sound are provided by Dynamic Entertainment.

After a rowdy Saturday night (no children after 9 p.m. each night) and (FREE camping encouraged); enjoy an all-youcan eat country breakfast at the Family Tavern on Sunday morning. Local churches welcome Bike Run weekend participants to services.

The Oakley Bike Run Association is a nonprofit organization that organizes and hosts the annual Oakley Bike Run. According to planners Brandi Bitterman and Kelly Swartzmiller of Family Tavern, all proceeds are donated to worthy causes in Oakley and surrounding communities; such as, Santa's Helping Hands, The Food Bank at Oakley Community Church, and the CAER Center (Chesaning Area Emergency Relief).

For more information about the Oakley Bike Run, contact the Family Tavern at (989) 661-7713, or Bike Run Secretary/Treasurer Carol Perry at (989) 529-8017.

Oakley's Bike Weekend is held rain or shine. Oakley is located on M-52, three miles south of M-57.

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