Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

Missouri State H.O.G. Rally - Iron Horse Roundup

Written by  September 30, 2003

This has definitely been an exciting year for Harley riders in Kansas City. Thunder in the Heartland ended just a couple weeks ago and now it was time for the 11th Annual Missouri State H.O.G. Rally. This year’s rally took place at the Embassy Suites KCI, in Kansas City, Platte County, Missouri, from Friday, September 5 through Sunday, September 7, and included an Early Bird Party on Thursday evening, September 4, compliments of Worth Harley-Davidson North.

By Thursday, the 100+ degree heat wave had finally ended, leaving us with a great fall-type evening to ride up to the Early Bird Party for some brisket and blues. After filling our plates, we shared a table with fellow riders, Bob McRae, Barbara Hogan and Steve Morella from Stanton Island, New York. This weary trio had traveled to Milwaukee for the Harley-Davidson 100 Year Anniversary party, then down through the Black Hills, and decided to stop by Kansas City to check out the rally before heading home. We spent most of the evening swapping stories of each other's adventures to and from Milwaukee, then bid everyone farewell until tomorrow.

On Friday, we checked in for the rally and picked up our packets, which were filled with all sorts of goodies, including a rally T-shirt, patch, and an awesome 20th Anniversary H.O.G. Rally pin. After checking out the vendor booths, we looked over Friday’s events, which included a bike show, safety seminar, service seminar, H-D plant tours, demo rides, biker bingo, poker runs, and self-guided tours to scenic Weston and Parkville. It was fun to play tourist in our own city.

The field events on Saturday were very entertaining and competitive, with events such as the Slow Ride, Western Jig (ball race), Western Hat Toss, Cowpoke Lunch (weenie bite), and an Iron Horse Wash (water balloon toss). Even Dave Baxter, one of our photographers, and passenger, Barbara Spangler gave it their all in the Cowpoke Lunch and Iron House Wash. It was nice to take some great photos of them for a change.

Field Event Winners:

Slow Ride – Ladies Class
1st Place – Susan Schneider – Omaha/Council Bluffs Chapter
2nd Place – Laurie Mundy – Heart of Missouri Columbia Chapter
3rd Place – Kathy Springmeyer – Kirkwood Chapter

Slow Ride – Open Class
1st Place – Larry Yeager – Central Missouri Sedalia Chapter
2nd Place – Rob Parkhurst - Central Missouri Sedalia Chapter
3rd Place – Ernie Craig - Central Missouri Sedalia Chapter

Western Jig
1st Place – Larry Beller – Kirkwood Chapter
2nd Place – Jeff Arnwein – Central Missouri Sedalia Chapter
3rd Place – Al Martinez – Greater Kansas City Chapter

Western Hat Toss
1st Place – Randy & Barb Shannon – American Heartland Chapter
2nd Place – Jeff & Cindy Armentrout – Central Missouri Sedalia Chapter
3rd Place – Tim Samuels & Nick James – Kirkwood Chapter

Cowpoke Lunch
1st Place – Larry & Jan Yeager – Central Missouri Sedalia Chapter
2nd Place – Jeff & Cindy Armentrout – Central Missouri Sedalia Chapter
3rd Place – John & Laurie Mundy - Heart of Missouri Columbia Chapter

Iron Horse Wash
1st Place – Jeff & Cindy Armentrout – Central Missouri Sedalia Chapter
2nd Place – Larry & Jan Yeager – Central Missouri Sedalia Chapter
3rd Place – Charles & Fran Vanwardhuisan – Greater St. Louis, Festus Chapter

After the field events, we rode over to the Platte County R-III High School parking lot to line up for the End of the Trail Parade and Party sponsored by the City of Platte City. The staging area was a bustle of activity, where we met many new friends, including Jerry and Susan Horton, Marvin and Bette Hayden, and Ernie and Shirley Craig. Ernie had just taken third place in the Slow Ride Open Class at the field events. We also had the pleasure of meeting Sharon Jones, whose bike had recently taken 2nd place in the Women's Division of the Sturgis Bike Show. To add even more to the festive atmosphere, Carl Busse, one of our Marketing Specialists, donned his ever popular Viking helmet while his wife Patty spray painted his beard a patriotic red, white and blue. Even a photographer from the Platte County Citizen couldn’t pass up the opportunity to photograph this Norwegian Nightmare!

Everyone along the parade route waved and cheered as we rode past on our way to downtown Platte City. We parked our bikes on Main Street and after checking out the vendor booths, decided to relax on a grassy bank overlooking the event, and within listening range of Charlie and the Stingrays. While relaxing and listening to the music, we met Karen Norvell, Sarah Langsford, Beth Lavenen, and Linda Jones who are members of the Bourbeue Valley H.O.G. Chapter in Villa Ridge, Missouri. We spent the remainder of the evening reminiscing over the day's events, then wished them a safe ride home.

On Sunday morning, an inspirational message was given by the Christian Motorcycle Association, followed by the closing ceremonies and announcement of winners. The Central Missouri Sedalia Chapter won the Chapter Challenge (Missouri), and the River Roads Chapter from Quincy Illinois won the Chapter Challenge (Out of State).

I’d also like to give a special thanks to Linda J Malia, Rally Coordinator, Rose Franzer, Rally Secretary, Janet Mathis, Registration Coordinator, John Pat Malia, Events Coordinator, Richard Hamstead, Site Coordinator, and to all the volunteers who helped make this event possible!

Story and photos by Mike Schweder & Margaret Liggett