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'Burgers and Bikes' coming to Mt. Pleasant Sept. 12

Sep 08, 2017

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News


Ray Vens of Mt. Pleasant owns a couple of motorcycles, so he naturally is excited about the Sept. 12 Burgers and Bikes promotion of Main Street Mt. Pleasant in Central Park.

Vens, however would be eagerly awaiting the event even if he didn’t own a two-wheeler. That’s because of the intent of the promotion — to bring people to downtown Mt. Pleasant.

“We are having this to support “Market on Main” Tuesday night and to capitalize on the past success of the car shows and Triple B,” Vens noted.

Main Street Mt. Pleasant Director Lisa Oetken said that the organization’s intent is to have a special event downtown each month, not only to show off the downtown but to aid retail businesses and Market on Main.

Tuesday night’s Burgers and Bikes will be an informal promotion, Vens said. “It is more or less a bike cruise where people can come downtown on their motorcycle, visit with other motorcycle enthusiasts, shop at Market on Main and have something to eat.”

Hy-Vee will be grilling hamburgers and the Henry County Pork Producers will serve pork burgers from 5-8 p.m.

There will also be live music provided by Dan “Defiance” Moyers of Burlington. Big Dog Tattoos is the corporate sponsor.

“We’re really looking to diversify what we are doing downtown,” Vens stated. He said the idea came from promotion committee members who brainstorm for events in the retail sector.

“We have a lot of motorcycle enthusiasts here, I own two motorcycles,” Vens said. “We hope we can draw everyone on two wheels downtown and also people who may not own a motorcycle but enjoy seeing some nice motorcycles. We want to incorporate things into the square to get people to the square.”

Burgers and Bikes is the first of three events slated in mid- to late September. “Pizza Wars” is planned for Sept. 19 and there will be a “Farm-to-Table” dinner Sept. 22. The latter will face a four-course meal, with all the food provided by local vendors. Attendance will be limited to 50 people.

“There’s really a lot of cool stuff going on in September,” Vens observed.

He said Burgers and Bikes may grow into something larger in the future. “It would be nice if we could grow it into a poker run on a weekend.”

The event is free and open to the public.

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