Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Platte City End of the Trail Festival – Motorcycle Rally and Street Dance

Written by  September 30, 2005

Ok, I hate to say I told you so, but I did! If you read our coverage of the Platte County End of the Trail Rally and Street Dance last year, you will remember I predicted big things for the event. I am very happy to be able to report my intuition was right on. The event was much bigger and better this year with an estimated crowd of 5,100 people, and it was twice as much fun. The two-day schedule of events was filled with activities for all ages and interests and included a dice run.

This year the event was held on September 9-10 and was again held in conjunction with the Kansas City Harley-Davidson Assembly Plant Open House. Unlike last year, the temperatures were much more favorable. We did not get to attend the first night, as I was busy standing in line like a little kid waiting to get an autograph from Evel Knievel at Worth Harley-Davidson North. I was not about to miss the second night of the festival, and boy, did I get a bonus. Evel led a benefit ride, the proceeds of which went to benefit hurricane Katrina victims, from Worth Harley-Davidson North right to the Platte City Main Street. He and the nearly 500 riders who followed, were greeted with a very warm welcome as they approached Main Street, which was lined with a huge crowd of Platte City residents, bikers, children, and out-of-town visitors.

Upon arrival in Platte City, I swapped out passengers and loaded up my step-daughter
Alyssa Porter and made it just in time to join in on the End of the Trail motorcycle parade. I was really impressed at how many townspeople were out in their front yards waiting to wave at us along the parade route.

Back at the town square things were really starting to hop. Vendors of all shapes and sizes filled the streets on both sides for two full blocks. I got a cold beverage, and then Stephanie and I headed over to the bandstand to greet some old friends. The Bob Harvey Band was on tap to play both nights, and you can’t do any better than these guys for a party. Bob Harvey, Chad Osborne and Paul Greenlease do nothing better than kick ass and take names. When these guys play, the crowd always starts jumping. I cannot and will not substantiate rumors that this photojournalist’s wife has been known to get on stage and dance next to Paul while he performs “You Can Leave Your Hat On.” (Luckily Paul is a close friend).

Once again I can do nothing but offer my sincere congratulations to the Platte City Chamber of Commerce for arranging such a great event. I would be remiss if I didn’t also thank the Platte City Police Department. Under the command of Chief Joseph McHale, these guys make you feel at home without making you feel uncomfortable. Karen Wagoner of the Platte City Chamber of Commerce would like to add, “It is always nice to see community members and visitors come together and enjoy an event such as the End of the Trail Festival in Platte City. The planning committee should be commended for the many long hours of planning and labor they donated to the event.”

Maybe you’ll believe me this time, and I hope to see you in Platte City again next year!

Story and photos by Loney and
Stephanie Wilcoxson