PIQUA — Although the Saturday morning rain cancelled the Sinister Stunts motorcycle stunts for the day, the 2015 Piqua BikeFest still managed to gather a crowd, with no serious issues reported.
“There haven’t been any issues so far,” Piqua police officer Paula Craft said on Saturday.
Many came out for the event to experience the live rock music, to purchase — perhaps — a new pair of black leather chaps, and last but not least – to see the glorious bikes.
Mayor Lucy Fess welcomed the public to the festival in downtown Piqua.
“We are so happy you’re here,” she said. “If you are here from out of town, we are happy to have you here … we are expecting a big crowd tonight and tomorrow.”
One of the many events that took place during the festival was the pin-up contest. Contestants dressed in pin-up attire and were judged on criteria such as personality, crowd appearance, and how well they answered questions.
There were 10 contestants, but only one winner. Shantelle Holeton, known as Miss Iron Maiden, of Piqua, won the show. Holeton was in disbelief when she found out she won.
“I joined (the pin-up contest) just for fun,” she said.
The Sammy Hagar tribute band RED was the headliner on Friday and it was the band’s first time attending BikeFest.
“(Hagar’s) style of music fits this (event) perfectly,” said band member Eddie Christ. “We love it.”
Band member Bobby Deskins’ wife, Roberta Ludy, was the former owner of the Piqua Harley-Davidson and that connection brought the band to the event.
Dwight Miller and his fiancée, Barbara Wrinehart, of Centerville, came out to BikeFest for the first time on Saturday. Miller’s sister, who lives in Troy, told him about the event and they decided to attend. Miller and Wrinehart came to see Sinister Stunts on Saturday, but because it was cancelled, they came to enjoy themselves anyway.
“We made our way here, so we will enjoy some music and food,” Miller said.
Miller and Wrinehart rode on a Can-Am motorcycle to the event. In two months, Miller has put 8,000 miles on the bike.
Miller shared what he loves about riding.
“It’s just being out with the people and seeing different things in our country,” he said.
Sponsors of the Piqua BikeFest include Paul Sherry, Piqua Harley-Davidson, Comfort Inn and the Miami Valley Centre Mall, Mulligan’s Pub, Z’s Food & Spirits, Yuengling, Rider Insurance, Lighthouse Café, Extreme Tattoo, Crazy Martins, Sunset Dental, HER Realtors and Koverman, Staley, Dickerson Insurance. Additional support has also been provided by The Miami County Visitor and Convention Bureau, Fifth Third Bank, and McCulloch Felger Fite and Gutmann.
Thunder Roads Ohio and Iron Cowboy Productions, LLC are the official promotional partners of Piqua BikeFest Inc. Piqua Harley-Davidson is located at 1501 E. Ash St. in Piqua and can be contacted at (937) 773-8733.
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