It's about honor. It's about remembering. It's also about fun.
The third annual LTD Motorcycle Memorial Tour will be held Saturday, July 19. The tour honors three local soldiers who lost their lives on February 21, 2005, in Iraq, namely SGT Jesse Lhotka, 1LT Jason Timmerman, and SSG David Day.
The fourth-annual David F. Day Fishing Tournament is Sunday, July 20, at Lake Minnewaska. Registration is at the Water's Edge in Starbuck.
The LTD Tour has grown dramatically in just three years. The first year 250 people attended. The second year there were 650 plus people. In addition, $25,000 was given out to five scholarship winners and $5,000 given to the Camp Ripley Disabled Veterans Deer Hunt.
This year, organizers are anticipating 1,200 people and will be awarding $20,000 in scholarships, $5,000 to the Montevideo VA clinic and $5,000 to the Camp Ripley Disabled Veterans Deer Hunt.
Bikers can begin registration for the tour at 8:00 a.m. at the Montevideo TACC parking lot. Kickstands will be up and rolling at 10:30 a.m.
Participants who do not have a bike will be able to take advantage of a chartered bus. The bus will allow families and others to ride along. Automobiles will not be able to be a part of the run due to the number of bikes this year and law enforcement preference.
Leaving Montevideo, the tour will drive thru Marshall and Canby. A noon dinner will be served at the Madison TACC/Armory. The afternoon will have the bikes driving through Ortonville, Clinton and Graceville with a stop at the American Legion in Morris. After going through Holloway, bikers will end the run in Appleton.
The riders will form a parade through Appleton beginning at 4:30 p.m. The parade will start at the west end of Lhotka Street and move right onto Hering. From there they will go past the Paddle Bar and Lounge and go down Appleton's main street. Be sure to get out along this route to see an amazing sight and to cheer on the riders.
The final destination is the Appleton Fairgrounds where participants will enjoy a meal together.
A live band will end the day. Pandora will rock the Appleton Fairgrounds well into the night. The band will begin playing at 8:00 p.m. and is open to the public. All riders can attend the dance free. Non-riders can attend for a cover charge.
Raffle tickets and T-shirts for the LTD Motorcycle Memorial Tour are available in advance at the House of Spirits in Appleton. Both will also be available during registration and at the end of the tour.
The drawing for the raffle tickets will be held during the evening festivities. The winner will take home a 2008 Heritage Softail Harley Davidson.