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Rockerbox 2004

Motorcycle enthusiasts, start your engines. On August 21, Riverwest will host the second annual Rockerbox festival. For those unfamiliar with the event, think of it as a scaled-down version of Harley’s 100th anniversary bash. Without the Harleys. “Rockerbox is a rally for people of all ages who are interested in motorcycles,” says Scott Radtke who, along with Scott Johnson, is coordinating the event. Clarke Street between Weil and Pierce will be blocked off from noon until 8pm to accommodate the festival. Those attending will enjoy live bands, food, plenty of Lakefront beer and, according to Radtke, “all kinds of motorcycles.” In addition to checking out the bikes, riders can browse vendors’ merchandise or haggle for parts and accessories — not to mention motorcycles themselves — at the swap meet. There’s also a contest where riders can compete for best bike honors in categories ranging from cafe racers to choppers. Says Radtke, “Rockerbox is just a great place for people to meet and talk about motorcycles.” While there is no charge for admission, all proceeds from food sales and donations will benefit the Wegman Steel Shoe Fund, which helps offset medical expenses for those injured while racing dirt bikes.
by Brian Kalish