Cole Camp is having yet another busy spring weekend with its annual “Rockin’ Bikes and BBQ” event this Saturday.
Downtown Cole Camp will be filled with motorcycles for the motorcycle show/contest, which starts at 1 p.m. on North Maple Street. Registration, which costs $15, is from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., with awards being presented at 4 p.m. in the Jaycee Beer Garden. Susan Kyle, who is in charge of the motorcycle show committee, said the event typically has a large turnout — last year almost 90 bikes were entered.
“The turnout has been really great the last few years,” said Cole Camp Chamber of Commerce President Tim Kreisel. “… Just shy of 90 entered last year in the contest, and far more than that came through to check out the event. Hundreds of bikes came through last year.”
The show will have various classes of bikes that include sportsters, dynas, softails, touring, metric, trikes, antique and custom. Awards will be given out in each class, along with a Best of Show trophy.
Those who pay the entry fee will receive a T-shirt, which has a special meaning this year.
“Years ago when the show started, it was started by two couples that were bikers,” Kyle said. “Last year we lost one from each couple and they weren’t very involved with the show last year, but we put their names on the back of the shirt this year to honor them.”
Duke and Karen Paxton and Mike and Lois Davis started the motorcycle show several years ago. Last year both Duke and Lois died, and the 2014 shirts are in memory of them, with their names and the quote “I can’t hear you over the rumble of my freedom” printed on the back.
Along with the motorcycle show is a BBQ contest on Maple Street, which will have categories for ribs, brisket and chicken. The food isn’t just for the guest judges — event attendees can become a judge by paying $5 to participate in the People’s Choice category, which includes a sampling of each item from noon to 1:15 p.m. There will also be a youth BBQ contest starting at 6:30 p.m. today during set up for Saturday’s contest.
To register for the BBQ contest, contact Sam Cole at email@example.com. Registration cost is $20 per category entry.
There will be music from Full Moon Band from noon to 4 p.m. in the Jaycee Gardens, thanks to a grant from the Benton County Tourism Commission. The Jaycee Beer Garden, which also has other refreshments including water, soda and snacks, will be open from approximately 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Proceeds from the motorcycle show will cover T-shirt costs and will help fund Chamber events. Proceeds from the BBQ contest will return to the contestants as payouts and the rest will also help with Chamber activities.
For more information, contact the Cole Camp Chamber of Commerce at 668-2295.