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Discussion in 'Indian Motorcycle Events' started by Quinn_the_Eskimo, Oct 20, 2021.
Registered and Booked ! ! !
See everyone there !
Holiday Motel almost full already! Only 2-3 rooms left!
The owners really must love you, @Quinn_the_Eskimo . How did the relationship start? You could've picked any other spot. Tell us a story....
History of the Pow Wow
A forum member suggested we have an Indian Gathering, in Florida, apart from IMRG. A few of us responded and researched time and location. We came up with Chiefland, FL, appropriate town name for our brand. It was held immediately after Daytona Bike Week in March.
35 bikes showed up. We contracted Jerry "Motorman" Palladino to hold a "Ride Like a Pro" class, since he only lived 60 miles away (thus less expensive). Only 6 took the class.
An after event meeting was held, and a consensus decision was made to move it to Cherokee, NC - appropriate town name - and hold it in warmer days. We picked June. The 3-4 person planning team held several Zoom meetings, picked a hotel on the Cherokee Reservation and next too the fair grounds. We decided to hold the event at the same time as the Cherokee Nation 40th Annual 4th of July Pow Wow where 5000-7000 participants hold a traditional Native American Pow Wow. We decided to try to raise money of a charitable cause and choose the reservation high school.
55 bikes (and about 65 people) showed up. We paraded into the Pow Wow. We were suppose to parade around the entire festival, but the Pow Wow leadership said too many participant stalls were in the way - so we we ended up parading around the parking lot. We donated $600 to the high school.
It was also decided, by all attending, that no corporate sponsorship or ties will entangle our grass roots gatheinr (not Indian, IMRG, vendors, etc.). We also agreed to keep a limit on attendees to 100 or less. These will help preserve the very special camaraderie we all enjoy - no drama, no knuckle-dragging, no bullshit.
By now we had a formula and decided to move the venue to a different hotel but at the same time of year. The Roadway Inn was terrible. We also discovered that Cherokee was only interested in their Casinos and did not like motorcyclists. About 45 attended. I had previously made arrangements with a restaurant in Maggie Valley (Pop's Place) for a catered BBQ at the Wheels Thru Time Museum, along with discounted entrance tickets for the museum. Great success again. We decided to move again the following year, to Maggie Valley.
I've been running the Blue Ridge Parkway since 1981 - often two times a year. I've stayed at numerous hotels, but frequently at The Holiday Motel. About 15 years ago hotel ownership changed hands. Rob and Gabi are great folks, riders, caring and honest. Rob was renovating the motel rooms. That year (2019) I ran over to Maggie Valley to discuss using their hotel as the host venue. They loved the idea. They offered to "block" the entire hotel for our event, renting only to members attending the gathering. They would release the rooms (if any were still unreserved) early May. Rooms are not expensive, and I love the old school ambiance of a motor-court motel. What other hotels provide each room with rags and towels to wash your bike?
Covid-19 was in full swing, but beginning to subside a little by June. I offered to refund all registrants if we needed to cancel the event. I watched the infection numbers across the country, particularly Haywood County, NC. Only 3 cases, no deaths! I decided to go for it.
The motel was once again blocked, and consequently sold out. 50 bikes showed up (60 registered), with 55 people. Perfect venue. Rob and Gabi accommodated every request, provided bonefire wood every day and made sure all were happy. One cancellation, but the room was rented. He even joined our party. It rained a few days, but fortunately I had decided to rent a 20'x40' tent. It came in handy.
A few of us planned group rides for varying skill levels and distances. Our group rides are designed to be small in numbers so confusion would be eliminated, and more importantly, safety could be adhered to. Also successful. Everyone had a great time. Everyone agreed that The Holiday Motel should be the permanent home for the Indian Motorcycle Pow Wow.
By now, planning for the event was fairly simple, requiring only a little work. Although the pandemic was still around, people wanted to get out - but some were still unsure. We added patches and vest pins. Food prices had risen, so the BBQ cost significantly increased. Rather than raise registration costs, I decided that T-Shirts, being only moderately successful, were not desired by most, so I eliminated that from the registration cost. T-Shirts and a Polo shirt are still available, but directly purchased by attendees and shipped to their home.
Despite the fears of the lingering pandemic, 60 bikes registered, 65 people showed up. Again, the hotel sold out. The BBQ dinner was fantastic, but cost nearly twice than the previous year. The outdoor movies were poorly attended and may be eliminated next year. The group rides all appeared appropriate for all levels of skills.
I decided to start promoting a little earlier this year. Wow! So far (as of Oct 29, 2021) only two rooms are available at the host hotel. A few may later cancel, but rooms are available across the street at the Comfort Inn. We have a number of "first timers" registered already. I expect 75-80 to register with maybe 95 attendees.
So . . . register and book NOW!
Thanks for the history lesson, @Quinn. As much as I enjoyed the 2021 event, I'm really pleased to be part of the evolving story of the Pow-Wow. Thanks again to you @doublej, @Eeyore , and the others that help pull the event off. It's special.
Great telling of the history Quinn. I only wish I had made the first one...
48 already registered! Book NOW, Limit for registered attendees is 100. After that no more registrations will be taken.
Popular event! I know I enjoyed my self immensely at the 2nd annual Pow Wow. Meeting great folk and great riding. It's a little to soon to know if I'll be able to make this one, but definately want to do it again sometime.
I'm gonna fly back from Poland if I get shipped out. I really enjoyed myself.
Well after your post, I don't expect to see any excuses posted stating "It's too far".