Each year around Memorial Day thousands of bicycle enthusiast converge to Kemper Park ready to enjoy an evening of music and fun. This, of course, is the Pedaler’s Jamboree.

Each year around Memorial Day thousands of bicycle enthusiast converge to Kemper Park ready to enjoy an evening of music and fun. This, of course, is the Pedaler’s Jamboree.
For several years, the jamboree has been bringing thousands of people to town. Most camp out behind Kemper after listening to a wide-range of music on the grandstand. Riders begin in Columbia and pedal the 30 miles to the Kemper Park grounds where they settle for the evening.
This year, the festival will be held on May 28 and 29. Riders go back to Columbia the following day.
“Bicyclists start at Flat Branch Park between 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. in Columbia,” according to pedalersjamboree.com.
Flat Branch Park is located at 101 South Fourth Street. This is the beginning of the MKT trail which connects to the Katy Trail State Park.
“For non-riders with ticket passes to the Kemper Park festivities, gates open at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 28. Cars will not be permitted in the park. Free street side parking will be located close to the YMCA building,” according to pedalersjamboree.com.
Bicyclists get to enjoy the scenic views of the Katy Trail State Park as they ride on crushed limestone trails flanked by cliffs and the Missouri River. Live music will also be provided along the trail.
“The final destination, Boonville's awesome Kemper Park, will once again host the feature event with main stage music,” according to pedalersjamboree.com.
Food vendors will be set up around the park along with informational stations. The Katy Bridge Coalition will once again have a tent at the event where they showcase their progress with the bridge thus far.
The event will feature bands such as Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band, Shrub, Flint Eastwood, Aaron Kamm and the One Drops, the Chris Clark Bicycle Stunt Show, Jason Divad, The Royal Furs, Hounds, Steve Ewing, Violet and the Undercurrents, The Kay Brothers, Dance Monkey Dance, Jenny Teator and the Fevors, The Mighty Pines, Como Aerial Arts and Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy.