BY JOE MARVILLI
Next month, motorcycle enthusiasts will get a chance to see dozens of antique bikes on display at the Queens County Farm Museum.
The 33rd annual Antique Motorcycle Show will make its appearance on Sunday, Sept. 15, giving patrons the chance to look at classic hogs that have been out of production for 10 years or more. The show will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
About 120 bikes will be entered in a judging contest, to see which choppers hold up. Usually, about 15 different makes are represented, though that number fluctuates year to year. Four hundred more motorcycles are parked outside the designated competition area, just for attendees to view.
“Folks love seeing these bikes, too,” Amy Fischetti-Boncardo, Queens County Farm Museum director, said.
The motorcycle show grew out of an idea to raise awareness about the farm by drawing an audience that may not have known about its existence.
“A dedicated volunteer and donor to the Farm Museum started the show to raise awareness of the Farm by attracting a wider range of visitors who may otherwise never visited,” Fischetti-Boncardo said. “The event has become a tradition. People who may otherwise have never visited our site come to the show and many become regular farm visitors.”
The show has continued to grow in attendance and participation over its multi-decade history. Last year, there was an attendance of 2,108 people. The last major changed to the show itself happened 13 years ago, when custom bikes were added as a category.
In addition to the different makes and models of motorcycles on display, the Farm Museum will offer music, farmhouse tours, hayrides and food to attendees as well. A band called the Rocketeers will be playing classic rock throughout the day.
“Those attending take tours of our Historic House and enjoy self-guided tours of the farm grounds, deepening their interest in our site,” Fischetti-Boncardo said. “Our surveys at other events show that many visitors to the motorcycle show return for other farm activities and even become members.”
The motorcycle show costs $5 per person to attend. If you are a Farm Museum member, attendance is free. An individual membership costs $40 for adults, $35 for seniors and students and $80 for a family membership, which covers two adults and two children under the age of 18.
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