The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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June 27, 2010

BUGS & BIKES

Sunny weather revs up fifth annual show

BECKLEY — The fifth annual Bugs and Bikes show Saturday at Jim Word Memorial Park in Beckley gave local car and motorcycle enthusiasts alike a place to admire new and vintage Volkswagens and an array of motorcycles.

By 5 p.m., attendance was climbing and the sun shining as classic rock band Slick Willy set up on stage. Owners were patiently waiting to register their cars and bikes for the show.

Jill Moorefield, director of Beckley Renaissance, was anticipating a larger turnout than years past.

“Every year, the show has grown,” she said. “We had 54 entries last year, but we saw a lot more motorcycles than in the past, so I am assuming that trend will continue.

“We work with the Friends of Coal Auto Fair and have a cruising car show in July, but we wanted to add something with more of a motorcycle feel to it,” Moorefield explained. “We came up with Bugs and Bikes, thought it was a cute idea, and it’s really caught on.”

She explained it cost $10 to register for the show and those who did received a T-shirt and a chance to win in 30 different categories. Numerous door prizes from many local vendors were given out as well.

Although all the perks were great, Moorefield believed the chance to gather as a community was what really brought people in. And, of course, the cars and bikes.

“We really wanted to give the community a chance to gather, but more importantly, we really wanted to boost awareness about the businesses in uptown Beckley and wanted people to get out and enjoy our wonderful city.”

Larry Harris of Meadow Bridge said that the show provided “a great way to spend a Saturday evening.”

Chris Cales, owner of Cales Body Shop in Sandstone, registered his 2001 Softtail Harley Davidson, explaining the custom look.

“I hit a deer in 2002 and started rebuilding my bike the next year,” he said. “At first, it was an awful thing to have wrecked, but I was able to put it back together the way I liked it. I did away with that whole ‘grandpa’ look.”

Les and Dee Bolen of Ghent rode their Yamaha V Star to the event but did not register it for the show. They explained Bugs and Bikes gave them a reason to spend some time together on a beautiful day.

Les commented they left the house without doing their usual weekend laundry, but as he smiled and threw his arm around his wife, he said, “Some things are more important.”

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