Sikeston bikers plan Saturday rally

Tuesday, May 28, 2002

Standard Democrat

SIKESTON, Mo. -- Over 500 motorcycles are expected to roar into Sikeston for the third annual Bootheel Wings Rally on Saturday at the Chamber of Commerce grounds.

"Last year, a couple from Raleigh got married at the rally," said Andy Gilliam, rally promoter. "We set up a stage. They drove the motorcycle up one side of the ramp, said their vows and rode back down the other side of the ramp. They're still married, too."

While not all the rallies host weddings, Gilliam does promise fun and entertainment for those who attend.

From the bike show to the talent show to the street dance, the 14-hour charity event offers a jam-packed schedule for its visitors.

The rally kicks off at 8 a.m. with registration and organization of the motorcycles being displayed in the bike show. Vendors from four different states will be present at the rally and will sell items varying from motorcycle parts to ink pens, Gilliam said.

The bike show begins at noon.

"Instead of charging the public to view the bike show, we're setting up containers by each motorcycle for visitors to make donations," Gilliam said. "The motorcycle with the most money wins the Best of Show category and receives a trophy."

The proceeds will be donated to St. Judes Children's Research Hospital.

Cost for registration prior to the rally is $10, or $12.50 for on-site registration. To enter the rally, call Gilliam at (573) 624-6036.

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