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brought in a lot of buyers.”- Gail of Gail’s Harley- Davidson. “I really like the venue. It’s easy to get to with


plenty of parking. The amount of cool bikes on hand was amazing.”- Kim Suter


. All of our longtime friends were on hand in-


cluding Croft Trailer, Wide Open Customs, Sunsa- tional Silver, Bob Bonds, Ed’s Posse, The Cycle Disciples, Stick This In Your Ear hearing protection, Sturgis View Campground, Combs Custom Cycle, and many, many more. Austin Trailers and Motor- sports brought a good selection of Victory scooters along with some tough looking off-road machines. Shawn McClenny, owner of Fuel and Raoul’s Vel- vet Room along with his courteous staff handled the crowd’s food and beverage needs. Our old buddy Mike Bergen and his lovely wife Chris made the show and spent the weekend spreading the good word regarding his Hands to Heart founda- tion and the always popular Night Train Runs he continues to hold. Just as in years past, we had Slacker from 101


the Fox playing emcee on Saturday, playing tunes, raffling off all sorts of swag from vendors as well as Ralph’s always coveted gas cards. Victor from VG Media shot photos of all the contest entries. These photos loop over and over on an 8’ x 12’ screen right up until the awards ceremony. All through the trophy presentation, the winning entries are pro- jected on the screen for all to see as their owners accept their trophies. Speaking of the trophies, Brad Brooks, owner of Consultechs managed to crank out another batch of his sweet CNC ma- chined billet beauties for all of the winners. The lovely Wide Open Girls had plenty of the


latest t-shirts, calendars, and more from your fa- vorite motorcycle magazine. These girls never get enough credit. High heels for 10 hour days and yet they are always willing to chat with you or pose for a photo. Speaking of photo opportunities, Mike and Angie were on hand all weekend long to pose for photos with their fans as well as to autograph their favorite FTS merchandise. This year we added a bikini contest to our fes-


tivities. We had a fine assortment of beauties on display Saturday night and the crowd showed their approval enthusiastically. Never to be out done we went the high tech route this year when it came to judging. We had used a sound meter to meas- ure the applause for each entrant to ensure all was on the up and up. Based on your applause our winners were: 1st place Carly Blunt from Topeka, Kansas; 2nd place Amanda Bainter from Blue Springs, Missouri; and 3rd place Grace Wilde from Raymore, Missouri. These young ladies won $500, $300, and $200 respectively; not bad for a few minutes work I’d say. Sunday’s crowds were just as impressive as


Saturday’s, and the day went by in a hurry. It seemed we no more than got started when it was time to send some lucky individual home with a brand new 2012 Harley-Davidson Superglide Custom courtesy of Gail’s Harley-Davidson. Ralph chose Miss Kaylee Sapp from Gardner, Kansas to pick the winning ticket out of the tightly


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