In what was rumored to be a potential clash of
ideas and minds regarding the planning for this
fall's End of the Trail Festival in Platte City,
committee members kept the atmosphere fairly calm
and low key for much of a meeting last week.
Last Wednesday, committee members met at Platte
City City Hall to discuss this years two-day
event, scheduled for Sept. 9 and 10.
During a similar planning meeting in November
with no media present, Committee Chairman George
McClintock and Platte City Mayor Dave Brooks,
who serves as the entertainment representative,
had a difference in opinions about the direction
the festival should take.
According to the November minutes, Brooks was
adamant that the name of the festival include
a motorcycle name in the title.
With numerous examples discussed including: Celebrate
Platte City," Platte City Alive,"
Platte City at 165," Platte City
Fall Fling," and End of the Trail Festival,"
the committee agreed on Platte City End
of the Trail Festival by majority with Brooks
voting against the recommendation.
At Wednesdays meeting, McClintock said,
Platte City End of the Trail Festival is
a good fit because its actually the end
of the summer, the start of school and the start
Discussion about the lack of Harley-Davidsons
support for the festival last year was also a
source of disagreement at the November planning
meeting and that discussion extended into last
McClintock stated his disappointment with Harley
Davidson for not having a representative at either
of the two recent planning meetings.
It bothers me that they (Harley-Davidson
representatives) are not here, said McClintock.
I feel if it benefits their corporation
then they could pull themselves away or at least
send their PR people to let us know where they
Brooks said Harley representatives' positions
at the plant do not allow for them to take off
for the meetings.
Theyre not private working people
like we are, George. They just cant walk
away from their jobs, stated Brooks.
Brooks said the plant helped during last years
festivities by handing out flyers, as well as
offering the city the chance to start the parade
I dont know how much more we can
expect them to do for nothing, said Brooks.
During the meeting, there were also several references
to the Platte City event becoming a mini-Sturgis,
but with a much cleaner atmosphere.
Committee member Jo Ann Lawson of Unite said,
I think this should be dedicated and focused
like a mini-Sturgis.
McClintock agreed: That is what it started
out as was being the Sturgis of Missouri.
Platte City's first rally, held two years ago,
was a huge success with the state Harley Owners
Group already in the area for its state convention.
Last year, with the HOG rally in Springfield,
attendance at the Platte City event was down considerably.
In comparison to Sturgis, the committee discussed
the idea of involving the surrounding communities
of Parkville and Weston in the two-day event,
like Sturgis is a 300-mile event involving Deadwood
and other towns in that area.
While the discussion of an integrated car/bike
show was also a main source of conflict during
the November meeting, the committee elected not
to combine the two shows for the September festival.
According to the November minutes, Brooks showed
great opposition to the mixture of cars and motorcycles
at the festival.
A car show does nothing and I will not
support it, Brooks told the committee in
Instead of integrating the two shows in September,
the committee announced its intent to continue
the bike show at the festival and hold a car show
at a later date.
During the meeting, Brooks also announced that
he wanted to develop a motorcycle committee within
the planning committee to be responsible for working
with Harley-Davidson and the motorcycle community.
The main job of the committee will be to
bring motorcycles into Platte City, said
Brooks nominated committee member Billy Knighton
to head the motorcycle committee, however McClintock
vetoed Brooks nomination by stating Knighton
had enough projects on his plate as co-chairman
of the event.
Well, whos going to do it then?
McClintock fired right back with the nomination
of Lawson as the chair of the motorcycle committee.
Brooks said he would help Lawson with the coordination
because of his relationship with the staff at
If we know some things are working well,
then lets dont try to reinvent the
wheel, said Brooks. I worked well
with them and if we keep changing the committee
and the people they are working with, and keep
pushing them, they are going to tell us to leave
McClintock identified his reason for the need
of the committee.
Were forming a cycle committee and
we need to know who we can coordinate with over
there in management, said McClintock.
Brooks emphasized he feels that a flyer needs
to be developed immediately.
We need a flyer. It doesnt need to
list the events but it does have to be well done
and have some sex appeal and some zing to it,
He also outlined the fact of the need to start
knocking on doors."
I think we need to go after vendors and
after people who are going to bring the motorcycle
people to Platte City, stated Brooks.
The committee stated the city has budgeted $10,000
for this years event, but is hopeful they
can get some sponsors.
The city has budgeted $10,000 for the event
but hopefully we wont have to jump through
hoops to get the funding, said Brooks.
Brooks reported that last years End of
the Trail Rally cost $12,000.