Summer Hummer Wrap-up
By Cheryl Sheridan, for the Summer Hummer Committee
The 2017 Summer Hummer is now in the record books.
All of the raffle winners were on the front page
of the July issue of the newsletter. As the
financial totals are coming in the event over all
appears to have been profitable again this year. A
huge THANK YOU goes out to all of the department
heads and volunteers, without all of your hard
effort this event would never take place.
The Summer Hummer always seems like the start of
summer, not just because the days are longer every
day, but because of the sounds of 100's of
bikes all converging to ABATE acres. The property
was ready this year, looking better than ever.
Most of the event saw good weather, except for the
storm Saturday night, so everyone had a chance to
partake in all of the activities the weekend had
Thursday started the steady stream of bikes, the
grounds came to life with campers and tents alike.
It is amazing to watch an open piece of land
actually turn into a "city" for the
weekend. Tuck Pence graced the stage Thursday
night and again gave a terrific performance. He
even signed the new stage as the first performer
on something we will be able to use for years to
Friday brought in even more bikes and campers,
some coming from Minnesota and Iowa, as well as
many of the St Croix Valley riders. It is great to
see so many different groups at the event. The
activities started in full force; the bikini bike
wash again raised money for ABATE acres and had
several bikers waiting for the babes to give their
bikes a soapy scrub. We also offered all new this
year the dunk tank, on Friday & Saturday- what
a surprise that "Aqua Man" aka- Jerry
Mann was the first person to test out the water.
Several of the Board of Directors took their turn
in the tank along with many other volunteers. Some
of the swim attire was pretty interesting. You
wouldn't think people still wear long
underwear in the summer time, right Pat Sheridan?
There were even lines waiting to throw when Chubby
and Steve Panten took their turns on the
"hot" seat. In all the tank raised
over $800.00, all for new trees at the property.
Thanks to all that volunteered to be dunked for a
As always, the beer bobbing is great to watch. It
is amazing to see people stick their heads in ice
cold water just to get a free beer. We had several
participants, with quite a few new people taking
the plunge. We got our first view of the bar stool
races as well, which was also a two night event.
Worm maybe you should leave the racing to the
professionals? The group photo was another new
event, it was cool to see everyone in front of the
M.E.A.T. truck. I know some people missed it
because it was a beautiful time to ride.
Saturday brought the tattoo contest, bike show
& loud pipes contest, it is great to see all
of the ways people express themselves and are able
to be individuals. Then there were the bike games:
it is so fun to watch stuffed animals be picked up
with a fish net while the bike is moving or a
bunch of women have to pick their shoe out of the
pile in the middle of the lawn, watching one throw
another women's shoe so she would have to
chase it and be slowed down getting to back to
their bike. I thought all of these games were just
for fun? Of course there were great outfits again
this year: the tropical bunch, the flowered ladies
and the "cops & robbers"- not sure
where you even get an orange jump suit, without
actually going jail?
The music on Friday and Saturday night was very
entertaining, featuring In the Groove, The Spicy
Tie Band, Bobby Evans & the Alimony Blues Band
and finally Lukyn Skywyrd. There was a nice
variety to choose from. Several people took
advantage of the dance area under the big tent.
There were rumors of a possible country band next
year? People are being asked this year to fill out
a short survey. The survey will be available at
your area meetings, so we can find out what things
you liked, disliked or didn't care about.
Please take a moment to fill these out and be as
honest we want to make this the best event around
- your feed back will help us do that. Finally, as
always help is wanted for next year - start
planning with us now!
The Summer Hummer Committee
Sheridan, Cheryl. "Summer Hummer Wrap-up." ABATE of Wisconsin Newsletter Aug. 2017.