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Cruise in, have a burger

'Burgers and Bikes' exceed expectations
Sep 13, 2017
Photo by: Brooks Taylor Burgers went quickly at Tuesday night’s “Burgers and Bikes” promotion on the square. Hy-Vee Drug exhausted its supply in just over an hour.

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News


When expectations are low, they are often exceeded. When there are no expectations, the sky is the limit.

Organizers of the first “Burgers and Bikes” event Tuesday night at Central Park were not only surprised, they were downright giddy on the response to the Main Street Mt. Pleasant promotion.

Estimates varied from 65 to 100 bikers in attendance with most guesstimates tilting toward three figures — a good building block for an even more successful event next year.

“I’m just ecstatic over the turnout,” Lisa Oetken, Main Street Mt. Pleasant director, said. “I think it is just amazing. I didn’t really know what to expect, so I think this is great.”

Oetken said she hopes the promotion becomes an annual event — possibly with a few spin-offs. “Maybe we will have a few bike cruise-ins next year patterned after the car cruise-ins.

Harleys dominated bike row last night, but there were also Hondas, Yamahas and other popular models mixed in.

Chris LaMore of Big Dog Tattoos was the corporate sponsor for Burgers and Bikes. LaMore said he sent out more than 1,000 fliers promoting the event. He said he viewed Tuesday night as an experiment “to see how it would do.”

LaMore said at least three biker organizations — the Blue Knights (law enforcement personnel), Combat Vets and the Christian Motorcycle Association — were represented. A member of the Christian Motorcycle Association headed a blessing of the bikes.

Hy-Vee Drug and the Henry County Pork Producers were grilling burgers. Kelly Upton, who was handling the hamburger inventory for Hy-Vee, said that an hour into the event they were nearly out of burgers. Upton said a line was forming at the burger stand at 4:30 p.m.

Mike Patrick of Mt. Pleasant, a member of the Christian Motorcycle Club, said he thought for a first-time event, the turnout was great.

Krystal Bass was listening to the music by Dan “Defiance” Moyers of Burlington and said it was a great night out on the town. “My husband and I ride a lot and it is nice to be able to enjoy the music and see people I know and have rode with.”

“For the first time out, I would call it a success,” said Ray Vens of Mt. Pleasant, another of the event organizers. “It brought together people with a common interest to grab a burger and talk. I think we can build on it for next year. I hope the people who came enjoyed it and bring along a friend next time.”

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