The Original Article Appears in the First Edition of the
Busted Knuckle Chronicles 2009
Celebrating 30 Years
The St Victor Boogie is probably unlike any other motorcycle rally. Unlike rallies such as the Sturgis Black Hills Rally, Daytona Bike Week, and the Laughlin River Run, St Victor Boogie is a straight ahead social event.
The St Victor Boogie started thirty years ago when a handful of close friends gathered at
Sylvan Valley Regional Park south of St Victor, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Entertainment came from the personal stories of those there and an old Led Zeppelin 8 track blaring from an El Camino. Years later things haven't changed much. The crowd is larger with over a thousand bikers pouring in from not only Saskatchewan but all over Canada and the United States and the live music today comes from some of Canada's hottest up and coming bands.
The ever expanding campground situated just out side of St Victor is "ride-in" only for the
father's day weekend every June.
Support vehicles and RV campers are not
permitted into the main campgrounds however the Southern Independent Riders, the organizers of St Victor provides transportation into the grounds for those camped outside of the gate.
One look around and you can see why.
Every square inch of the campgrounds is
covered with motorcycles and tents. Campfires serve as meeting places for those who want to share stories and good times You probably won't find much peace and quiet either near the corral that serves as the band stand as the bands play till long after the sun has come up.
It is this combination that gives the St Victor Boogie more of a feeling of a backyard bar-b-que than of a major bike rally. While the boogie doesn't officially start until Friday, many bikers start arriving at the beginning of the week to ensure that they get prime camping sites, either right in the thick of things or a more secluded, quiet corner of the park. Saturday is the bike rodeo games.
Many also take Saturday to ride through the expansive countryside, taking in Saskatchewan's badlands where many of the wild west's outlaws such as the real Jesse James and Billy the Kid hid out from the law. The surrounding
communities and businesses welcome the bikes with open arms. Egos are left behind, as this is one weekend for whooping it up, partying, and having a good time. The Southern Independent Riders welcome all motorcycle enthusiasts to the St Victor Boogie.