Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

41st Annual A.B.A.T.E. of Kansas Labor Day Rally - Lake Perry, Kansas

Written by  September 25, 2016

Gates opened at noon on Friday, September 2, for the 41st Annual A.B.A.T.E. of Kansas Labor Day Rally at Lake Perry’s Paradise Point area. The area is located on the east side of the lake far to the north and provides a perfect location with acres of shaded camping. Admission for the weekend was $50 for non-members, $30 for A.B.A.T.E./M.R.O. members, plus $30 for RV’s/Campers/ATV’s. Discounts were offered for active military. At the registration tent there were separate lines for those who had pre-registered and those who had not. Everyone received a packet including a rally booklet, pin, and a trash bag to help keep the area neat. The booklet contained maps, event schedules, and much more useful information about the rally as well as some advertising from sponsors.

I arrived around mid-morning on Saturday and was happy to rendezvous with friends from Iowa and from Dodge City who come to the rally every year. We headed over to watch the bike games, otherwise known as motorcycle Olympics, put on by A.B.A.T.E. District 5. Cost of participation was $5 per game or $15 for any/all. Events were Slow Race, Weenie Bite, Tire Toss, Potato Pick-up (using tennis balls), Keg Push, Tire Drags, Barrel Race, Road Kill Pick-up (with stuffed animals), 5-man Shuffle, and Mini-bike Race. A large crowd of spectators enjoyed a full afternoon of very competitive games. At 4 p.m., A.B.A.T.E. Anarchy Wrestling II took place in the ring near the showers.

There was live music every day at the rally with bands on two different stages. Included was a battle of the bands. The schedule was as follows: Friday-SGR’s Final Drive, Scott Heidner & The Nashville Connections, and The Lucky Bastards; Saturday Day Stage-John Rowdy & Friends, 3X7, and Benovox; Saturday Main Stage-Swift Kick, Saliva, and Chris Johnson & The Back Row Revival; Sunday Day Stage-Ryan Manuel & The Getaway, Oncoming Storm, and StoneBreakers; Sunday Main Stage-Randy Beach & The Rockin’ Blues, Frank Bang & The Cook County Kings, and Shawn Ward. Adult entertainment in the form of “Beauty Contests” was featured on stage at 10:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

At noon on Sunday, there was a bike show put on by District 5 with lots of fine bikes and trikes entered. I was pleased to see that the list of award winners included my buddy Zick’s custom chopper that he built himself and Doc Lonnie’s recently converted Sportster trike. The full awards list appears at the bottom of this article. Following the bike show, wild dirt drags were contested in the open field behind the showers. Put on by A.B.A.T.E. District 11, there were classes for street tires, knobbies, and open (motorcycles, quads, dune buggies, etc.). Blasting off the starting line, the bikes kicked up some spectacular rooster tails. It was great entertainment. Winners were: Street Tire-1st Barry Lorson, 2nd Brandon Simmons, and 3rd Mark Joslin; Knobby Tire-1st Dylan Fund, 2nd Rooster Hodgins, and 3rd Ed Nott; Open-1st Kevin Boulware, 2nd Steve Peterman, and 3rd Dylan Fund.

According to the organization’s website, A.B.A.T.E. of Kansas is a non-profit lobbyist organization whose purpose is to “foster, promote, and encourage safe motorcycling in the State of Kansas and elsewhere. To engage in educational programs and other promotional activities in order to educate the public as to motorcycle safety and motorcycling in general. To encourage and stimulate public interest in motorcycling and to be an advocate for the interests of motorcyclists and motorcycling.” We encourage our readers to join and/or support the motorcyclist rights organization where they live.

In addition to the scheduled entertainment and contests, there were beer tents and lots of vendors to facilitate shopping, people-watching, bike-admiring, and generally relaxing. We appreciate the countless hours worked by dedicated A.B.A.T.E. volunteers to prepare for and put on the rally. The Labor Day Rally is always an event that is more than worth the price of admission. We look forward to the 42nd.

Photos by Stripe and Doc Lonnie

2016 Bike Show Winners

1st - Dave (surname unavailable)     
2nd - Corvette Al

1st - Tom Davis    
2nd - Mark Zickefoose

1st - Darren Riley               
2nd - Bob Barron

1st - Chris jones      
2nd - Doug Deal

1st - Lonnie Blum               
2nd - Sharron Walker

1st - Pat Haith         
2nd - Jeff Taborsky

1st - Larry Kibbee               
2nd - Kenny Hulett

1st - Chuck Baker              
2nd - Mary Stracke

Metric Sport:
1st - Devin Schwindt

Small CC:
1st - Jarred Peters  
2nd - David Grimm

Peoples Choice:
Joe & Tandy Gray

Best of Show:
Larry Kibbee


Photojournalist/Account Representative - Kansas City, MO

Dave Baxter, a.k.a. Stripe joined our staff in December, 2003, as a photojournalist. If that road name sounds familiar, you may have seen his photos on the pages of such publications as American Iron, V Twin, VQ, In the Wind, and Easyriders. Stripe attends as many rallies, bike shows, and charity runs as he can and is a major contributor of photos and articles to our magazine. His first assignment was our January, 2004, cover photo, where he snapped the awesome photo of a 1958 Harley-Davidson Duo Glide. A rider since the age of 14, he loves to help and encourage new riders. Stripe enjoys meeting new people and looks forward to catching many of our readers in the viewfinder of his digital camera. Contact Stripe at stripe@cycleconnections.com