For 15 years, the MountainFest Bike Rally at Mylan Park was hallowed floor for the get-yer-motor runnin’, four-stroke, air-cooled, V-Twin, teardrop tank, two-wheeled, acolytes of the open highway.
You had your motorbike stars, equivalent to Kyle and Cody Ives – the stunt-riding, Wall of Dying-defying siblings from Georgia, whose dad was friends with Evel Knievel, his personal dangerous self.
And your guitar-heavy musicians: Joan Jett, Peter Frampton and John Kay and Steppenwolf (“Born To Be Wild”) all performed live shows there.
Don’t neglect your powder-coat Picassos.
Wizards of welding, they had been.
Fabricators from one other universe, whose one-of-a-kind, two-wheeled creations had rally attendees torquing their cell telephones for selfies.
What MountainFest actually throttled up, although, had been the personalities of the attendees who merely appreciated measuring the milestones of life through the vantage of the handlebars.
They deliberate highway journeys and complete holidays across the rally.
Nancy and Butch, a pair from Oregon, pulled their deluxe Harley-Davidson Tri-Glide out of the driveway of their ranch home in a Portland suburb – and didn’t cease till they hit Chaplin Highway, Mylan Park and MountainFest.
Heck, it was solely 2,633 miles, Butch mentioned, grinning.
Weasel and Hell, Yeah (not their actual names) did one even higher.
They turned husband and spouse on the principle stage one yr, with their “vrooms-men” performed out in Harley T-shirts and their bridesmaids resplendent, in bikinis and leather-based chaps, for the marriage.
And all people with a motorbike in the course of the MountainFest run grooved on the surroundings, the hilly roads and the glory of the straight stretches — particularly these, as a result of, as John Denver mentioned, there simply aren’t too lots of them to be present in these topographical climes.
“MountainFest made us a vacation spot,” mentioned Jamie Summerlin, a longtime neighborhood booster.
“That’s why we need to see what occurs on New Yr’s Eve.”
He’s referring to the Dec. 31 extravaganza on the Hazel and J.W. Ruby Neighborhood Middle, for a fleeting return to MountainFest.
To take action, a preferred venue of the rally will likely be recreated.
“New Yr’s Eve on the Coal Bucket Saloon,” goes from 8 p.m.-1 a.m. that night, with a live performance by MountainFest fan favorites, Amish Outlaws and extra.
You’ll be able to browse the customized bike and MountainFest museum, Summerlin mentioned, whereas having fun with a catered meal by the Mason Jar Saloon and a champagne toast at midnight.
Triple S Harley-Davidson is the presenting sponsor, and Summerlin, who owns the Morgantown event-planning agency Guidon Artistic and has helped promote MountainFest through the years, mentioned the Coal Bucket revival simply may kick-start a return to the rally, as nicely.
“That’s what it’s about,” he mentioned. “Gauging curiosity.”
In spite of everything, he mentioned, MountainFest roared with curiosity for 15 years.
“It introduced individuals in who contributed to the financial system,” he mentioned, “and it was an actual showcase for Morgantown and our state.”
Proceeds will profit the Mylan Park Basis, which helps oversee the expanse.
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Tickets could also be bought on-line for admission, and for one thing else, Summerlin mentioned.
“You’ll need to get your raffle ticket for the giveaway,” he mentioned.
And never simply any giveaway: A 2023 Harley-Davidson Customized Highway King giveaway, constructed by Triple S Harley-Davidson.
Only one,000 tickets can be found, Summerlin mentioned, offered at $50 every.
You needn’t be current to win, he mentioned, however the allotment is restricted and as soon as the giveaway tickets are gone – they’re gone.
Summerlin is pondering Christmas presents, since each record comprises a bike fanatic.
“Be an awesome stocking-stuffer, huh?”