GROVER HILL — This party is so motorcycle loving that the 4-acre pond at Wetzelland is dug in the shape of the Harley-Davidson bar and shield, and licensed by Harley-Davidson.
“Yeah, we love our Harleys, but this party is open to anybody who enjoys any kind of motorcycle,” said Danny McPhail of the Wetzel Motorcycle Club, which for 27 years has sponsored the SwapMeet.
“We just invite people to come here, kick back and relax and not worry about what other people think,” McPhail said.
And to help you do that, there are a variety of events guaranteed to keep participants busy. Along with sky diving on Friday, there will be rodeo games, tattoo contests, bike shows, vendors and a poker run.
Entertainment on Friday will be Scarlet Haze, while Saturday will be Black Stone Cherry and Saving Abel. “We have a heavier dose of rock and roll than normal, so that will probably bring a younger crowd,” McPhail added.
The parties, begun in 1986 for motorcycle enthusiasts over the age of 21, have become major fundraisers for the area. To date, more than $100,000 has gone into the coffers of the EMS units of volunteer fire departments, Visiting Nurses, school and baseball teams, as well as livestock sales at area county fairs.
This swap meet has grown from 500 people the first year, to an expected crowd of up to 9,000 people this year. And, festivities happen rain or shine.
“What’s the first three letters in Wetzelland? Yeah, wet. Some people hide from the rain, but others play in the mud,” McPhail said.
Guess what they’ll be doing at Wetzelland.