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Neighbors Growing Together | Sep 26, 2018

Burgers and Bikes in Central Park Tuesday

By Grace King, Mt. Pleasant News | Sep 07, 2018
Photo by: MPN file photo The inaugural Burgers and Bikes event on Sept. 12, 2017 brought out so many guests that Hy-Vee Drug exhausted its supply of food in just over an hour. This year’s event will be Tuesday, Sept. 11, in Central Park from 5 to 9 p.m. and will recognize first responders in honor of 9/11.

Main Street Mt. Pleasant hopes a flood of motorcycles will once again take over the square for their second-annual Burgers and Bikes event.

Tuesday, Sept. 11 is the second go-round for the overwhelmingly popular Burgers and Bikes event in Central Park that debuted last year. The evening also will recognize first responders in honor of the anniversary of 9/11 and the volunteers who pitched in after the storm in Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday, Aug. 28.

“We put to the test last week our first responders,” Main Street Director Lisa Oetken said. “We want to use this event as a ‘thank-you’ to people who responded to the storm. We had so many people who rallied in this town.”

First responder vehicles such as a sheriff’s car, police car, firetruck and possibly an ambulance will be on display.

The first responders will be accepting donations of stuffed animals to go to children in domestic violence situations.

Chris LaMore, owner of Big Dog Tattoos and co-organizer of the event, said that a little thing like a teddy bear can make a big difference when a child is involved in any traumatic event. Not too long ago, LaMore’s daughter had a fire at her house and the first responders brought his granddaughter a stuffed animal to comfort her.

A photo scavenger hunt will begin at 11 a.m. and go until 5 p.m., hosted by Big Dog Tattoos.

“The purpose of it is, just like everything done on the square, bring attention to commerce on the square,” LaMore said. “This one goes a little further in extending it to make people feel comfortable around motorcyclists where they’re not so scary as they’ve been portrayed.”

Food and music will be served in Central Park from 5 to 9 p.m. Music will be by Dan “Defiance” Moyers. Hamburgers and pork burgers will be available to purchase from Hy-Vee Drug and Henry County Pork Producers.

Last year, the event brought out close to 200 bikers, and event organizers hope to see at least that many people in the square this year.

“Bikers like to talk about their bicycles and stories just like anybody else,” LaMore said. “If you go to a rodeo, cowboys like to talk about their horses.”

LaMore hopes bikers and the general public will have the opportunity to converse at Burgers and Bikes and pick up tips and tricks to make riding more comfortable and safer.

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