route chosen for
Harley event Sept.
Harley Owners Group (HOG) officials were
in Platte City last week to discuss final plans for
the End of The Trail Party to be held Saturday, Sept.
Richard Hamstead, HOG Coordinator, and
Linda Malia, 2003 Missouri State HOG Rally Coordinator
President, visited Platte City Friday to finalize some
plans with Platte City Special Events Coordinator George
McClintock and members of the planning committee for
the End of The Trail Party.
HOG members are planning a state-wide
rally and will be in Platte County Sept. 5-7. The HOG
members will be based at the Embassy Suites near KCI.
Platte City has reserved $5,000 to host
a street festival for the organization on Saturday,
Plans include a parade from Platte County
High School parking lot through Platte City, with HOG
members arriving in downtown at approximately 7 p.m.
for a street dance.
Friday, McClintock told Hamstead and Malia
that three parade routes had been chosen and they could
pick which one suited HOG members.
After touring the three routes, Hamstead
and Malia chose the seven mile route.
According to Platte City Police Chief
Joe McHale, HOG members will gather at PC R-3 at 4 p.m.
and begin setting up for the parade, which will begin
at 6 p.m.
The route, McHale said, will begin at
92 Hwy. and go east to Running Horse Road; south to
136th Street; west to N Hwy and then north on N, which
becomes Fourth Street in Platte City.
The group will continue north on Fourth
Street, crossing 92 Hwy. where they will pass a viewing
stand at Fourth and Main and continue north to Vine
Street. The parade will then turn west on Vine to Third
Street, where it will turn to go south and cross Main.
The motorcycles will be parked on Third Street between
Main and Ferrel.
"This is the route that has the better
view. It takes them on seven miles and allows them to
spread out more," McHale said.
McHale added that motorcycles will be
parked on curbs and in the middle of the street. Both
sides of Third Street will also be used if more parking
Maila said that they hope Platte City
residents will come out to view the parade.
"We want people to come out and watch,"
Malia also said it was preferred that
only HOG members ride in the parade. She added that
HOG members will be identified by arm bands.
"We can't 100 percent guarantee that
all of them will wear arm bands, but we prefer only
the people with arm bands ride (in the parade),"
Work on the rally has been very extensive.
"I don't go to sleep anymore and
count sheep, I count hogs," McClintock said.
Malia and Hamstead were very pleased with
the coordinated events.
"We are real happy to be up here.
It is a beautiful place," Hamstead said.