WETZEL — Some events only need one word. Wetzelland is one of those. The bike rally brings out around 5,000 riders to the event every year.
It’s held at 20508 Van Wert-Paulding County Line Road, at the Wetzel Motorcycle Club property.
If you’ve never been there, you may be surprised at what you experience. It’s strictly an adult event. Nobody under 21 can even get in.
This is the 32nd year for the event.
“We’ve got 100 acres out here, fenced in for the party. We are one of the larger bike rallies in northwest Ohio,” said Tony Krick, club representative.
Wetzelland is all about the partying and what happens at Wetzelland, stays at Wetzelland.
“It’s nice. You can do what you want,” said Mike Fullerton, of Lima.
Wendy Winget, of Decatur, Indiana, has been coming to Wetzelland for the past 13 years. So what keeps her coming back every year?
“The people in our campsite, the party, the music, pretty much everything. We love it,” she said.
Several bands are performing throughout the event, which started Thursday and runs through tonight.
The headliner tonight is Night Ranger.
“We’re trying to bring in what people are asking for as far as a different blend of music. Obviously, we can’t get Tom Petty so we did the next best thing, we went to Southern Accents. It’s a Petty tribute band,” he said. They performed Friday night.
The atmosphere in Wetzelland is what many people come for. Yes, there is some nudity and you may get offered a special brownie, but mainly people are relaxed and all about having a good time.
“I like the party, I like everything about it. It’s always a good time. This is my 11th year and we just have a really good time,” said Jamie Witt, of Fremont.
“We don’t have much trouble at all. We’ve got a sign up front that Wetzelland is not the place to find out you can’t handle your alcohol. A normal year, it’s usually domestic issues, the same thing the police handle at home with arguments between spouses and family members,” said Krick.
The event is also about the motorcycle club helping the community.
“We do what we can to take care of the local, mostly youth organizations but we do donate to the volunteer fire departments, obviously they come out and offer their assistance for first aid tents and we donate to them. We do a lot with local youth organizations, pee wee football, the little leagues, 4-H as much as we can do to help kids and then our big push at Christmas is the toy buy to help those that can’t get any help anywhere else. We want to make sure all of the kids have something for Christmas,” said Krick.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.