Thousands of people embarked to Kemper Park on Saturday either on bike, foot or in car. The Pedaler's Jamboree began in Columbia in the morning. As the bikers made their way on the Katy Trail, music entertained them all the way to Boonville.
Thousands of people embarked to Kemper Park on Saturday either on bike, foot or in car. The Pedaler's Jamboree began in Columbia in the morning. As the bikers made their way on the Katy Trail, music entertained them all the way to Boonville. Once in Boonville, the festival participants pitched a tent and sat back to enjoy food from vendors and more music at the grand stage on the north end of the parade grounds. Mike Denehy of Off Track Events, has coordinated this event into its seventh year. Since the beginning, Denehy said the event has grown substantially. This year alone, 2,200 were registered to participate. This does not include the extra people who had no formal registration. This was a little more than last year, according to Denehy.
"There are so many little moments that make for the festival experience," Denehy said
While the weather cooperated at times, rain showers and a large downpour made for an interesting night on Saturday.
Denehy said he was happy to see a local musician, Tanner Bechtel 'Tanner Lee,' perform at the festival.
By Sunday morning, tents were being taken down and riders began their trip back to Columbia.
Denehy is in the beginning stages of planning for next year, but has a couple large events for this year to undertake, include a jamboree in Iowa.
Denehy hopes to keep seeing the festival evolve.
"It has changed a lot since it first began," he said. "It's a fun trip and Boonville is always fantastic."