What can I say about the Bobcaygeon Bikefest, in just it’s second year and it is already becoming an event that many are adding to their ride calendars. I rolled in early to set up a booth, so no two wheel ride, as there was a chance of showers so I made the call to cage it instead, besides I can only carry so many boxes of the Little Black Book, an riders essential guide to Biker Friendly businesses across Canada on my bike.
Bobcaygeon is a small cottage town located in the Kawarthas, right on the Trent - Severn waterway about 1 1/2 hrs northwest of Toronto. The main area for the Bikefest was located in the core of the town straddling the Trent - Severn so anybody moving around the town had to cross the swing bridge to see everything that Bikefest had to offer. Periodically the bells would ring and the barricades would drop so a few boats could make their way through the lock and pass the bridge, providing a interesting break for those making
way around the venue.
The community has clearly embraced this event as all the merchants opened their doors and made all the leathered up motorcyclists feel welcome. A couple of the local eateries were very busy and offering specials or entertainment, the patios were full as riders tired from walking, stopped for a beverage or just to catch up with friends. Joining the merchants in making the event a shining success was a great variety of venders showing off everything from bike cleaning products to new leathers, BRO was present with a crop of petitions to protect various bikers rights. The gang from Classy Chassis & Cycle was there along with 30 or so of their finest bikes as was Dave Todd from Spoiled Sports the local Victory dealer.
Bikefest may become the next Port Dover as the town is very hospitable and they were certainly making every effort to make all the riders feel comfortable, that, along with the picturesque location will be a huge draw in the years to come. And I have it on good authority that the town has already green lighted next years Bikefest, so expect it to be bigger and better and judging by the year over growth from several hundred bikes or so in it’s first year, to couple of thousand this year, figure this event to become a ride calendar staple.
While I was walking around, checking out the lay of the land, I was very impressed with how everything was put together and based on the
feedback that I heard when I was back at the Belt Drive Betty booth many felt very much the same way.
To Krazzy and the rest of the organizers, a great event and we’ll be back next year. Lou