National Bikers Roundup
The belief that the HOGs wreak havoc on Columbia streets and live up to their name was not the reality. Last week's motorcyclists praised the city and found a surprising "favorite hangout."
God's Wheels, the motorcycle ministry and official charity of the National Bikers Roundup, helped collect 66,563 pounds of food during the roundup held this past week in Columbia. The food was given to the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri to serve 32 counties.
Estimates for turnout varied, with numbers as high as 25,000 and as low as 15,000. Organizers had previously expected 35,000.
A white van was reported stolen Saturday afternoon after a similar vehicle was seen near the hotel where two Suzuki motorcycles were stolen.
On the final full day of the National Bikers Roundup, attendees explained why they love their motorcycles and riding.
As of Saturday, the final full day of the 33rd National Bikers Roundup, the event had about 12,000 participants.
As predicted, more motorcyclists and attendees arrived at the Boone County Fairgrounds on Thursday evening, the first night of live music at the National Bikers Roundup.
The National Bikers Roundup continues through the weekend at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
Weekend performances include Chingy and the St. Lunatics.
Bikers settled into their campsites on the second day of the National Bikers Roundup at the Boone County Fairgrounds. Camping is part of the roundup experience for many of the bikers, largely because it puts them near the heart of events.
This week 35,000 bikers are expected to descend on Columbia. With the hype over how much money these out-of-towners are expected to spend while they're here ($6 million!?!), our friends at Vox figured there were probably some deals to be had.
Many bikers braved the heat to get out and explore Boone County. Some camped at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
Bikers and vendors settled in at the National Bikers Roundup, which opened Tuesday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the country have rolled into Columbia for the National Bikers Roundup.
The primary election polls open at 6 a.m. Tuesday, and the National Bikers Roundup begins at 9 a.m. Although polling locations do not anticipate a major interference, the city has taken measures to re-route traffic.
The National Bikers Roundup, an event conservatively estimated to bring 35,000 bikers and $6 million to mid-Missouri, is starting on Tuesday at the Boone County Fairgrounds.
The National Bikers Roundup attracts tens of thousands of bikers and bike enthusiasts across the nation, but its family-friendly atmosphere makes it popular as well.
The public information officer in a small community in Pennsylvania called the 2008 National Bikers Roundup "the biggest non-event that we've ever had." That event drew a third or less of the numbers expected in Columbia starting Tuesday.
Boone County Sheriff Dwayne Carey is working with the Missouri Roundup Committee to determine security arrangements for the National Bikers Roundup at the Boone County Fairgrounds Aug. 3 to 8.
Despite some trouble host cities have had in the past, the Boone County Fairgrounds plans to host the National Bikers Roundup on Aug. 3 to 8 because of the economic benefits.