By Bethany J. Royer
PIQUA — The Piqua BikeFest — One Hundred Years Later to be held over two days, Friday, Sept. 19, and Saturday, Sept. 20, was part of a meeting of minds Thursday evening at the government complex.
While a number of concerns were shared, a common goal was clear, to have a safe, successful event. One that culminated from a historic photo taken 100 years ago on North Main St., the current location of Piqua Granite but a century ago was home to Hemm Brothers Harley-Davidson.
According to the Piqua BikeFest committee, the fall celebration will be the modern-day equivalent of that historic photo and subsequent event, a repeat of history that requires attention to details large and small, with aid and direction from city leaders.
Some of the concerns broached in the meeting revolved around impending state response on an alcohol permit and fluctuating estimates on attendance that will determine security staffing.
“That’s why we are all here, we want this to go as seamless as possible,” said Derek Smith, president of Iron Cowboy Productions and a member of the BikeFest Committee, on making sure every potential need and/or problem is addressed. And as expressed by Tracy Gover, secretary of the committee and owner and general manager of Gover Harley-Davidson, “We share all of your concerns. We will do everything we can to meet every expectation that you have.”
Jim Gover Jr., BikeFest committee vice-chairperson and owner of Gover Harley-Davidson, held the floor for the majority of the meeting with a slideshow presentation to showcase where the group currently stands and items to be further addressed. Highlights in the presentation included maps of closed streets — for parking, vendors, and entertainment — to insurance and trash removal.
Items already well underway include a raffle for a 2014 FXSBSE Screamin’ Eagle Breakout with 314 tickets out of 500 tickets already sold. Performers on-board include Jasmine Cain, Tony Rio, Latter, and Higgins-Madewell, with a vintage, modern and custom bike show, and the committee planning to recreate the historic century-old photo.
Publicity has been expansive from Daytona Bike Week to Thunder Roads Ohio Magazine (Also a sponsor), with sponsors and partnerships with Gover Harley-Davidson that includes Comfort Inn, the Miami Valley Centre Mall, One More, Miami Valley Steel Service, Piqua Battery, Mulligan’s Pub, Rider Insurance, Miami County Visitors and Convention Bureau, Extreme Tattoo, Jackson Tube Service Inc., Re/Max, and additional support by Fifth Third Bank, McCulloch Felger Fite and Gutmann, and Unity National Bank.
For more information along with volunteer or sponsor opportunities and a look at that historic photo visit www.piquabikefest.com
Bethany J. Royer may be reached at (937) 773-2721 or on Twitter @TheDailyCall