By Nick Wojton, Contributing Writer
OSWEGO, NY – Over the weekend, Oswego Speedway transformed itself from “The Steel Palace” into “The Chrome Palace” – a motorcycle enthusiast’s paradise during the first-ever Oswego Bike Fest.
The event began on Friday and inside the race track, vendors set up shops and a stage played music throughout the day for visitors.
Hundreds of visitors enjoyed the great weather and entertainment, as well as viewing each others’ motorcycles.
Headlining the music for the weekend was the national band Molly Hatchet. Prior to their performance on Saturday night, the band did a meet and greet with guests.
Along with food vendors, shops sold classic biker apparel such as leather jackets and jacket patches, and girls were cleaning bikes for a $10 fee.
Other entertainment over the weekend included a burn-out pit and other bike inspired games like motorcycle egg on a cone game and motorcycle potato in a haystack game.
One of the most popular things at the festival wasn’t an activity though, it was the bikes themselves.
Inside the raceway and outside, bikers parked their bikes that they rode to the event.
The parking areas turned into a biker museum as people walked up and down viewing other visitor’s bikes.
Oswegonians Mark, Melanie and Allison Davis said they enjoyed the inaugural event.
“The food was good. The bands were good, too,” Melanie said.
According to Allison, the family stopped by the festival on Friday and Saturday and was planning to on Sunday as well.
Mark and Melanie are the bikers of the family and ride a Harley motorcycle.
Melanie and Allison work for National Grid while Mark is employed at Oswego hospital.
The Bike Fest also held three charity bike rides.
The charity ride Saturday benefited Makayla Walker, a local 12-year-old girl who’s fighting a tumor located in her abdomen. The tumor is so large and aggressive, doctors have classified it as a cancer.
Sunday’s benefited three scholarships in honor of three fallen Army Reserve soldiers, Sgt. Dain Venne, Sgt. Brett Gornewicz and Spc. Ryan Jayne.
The final charity ride benefited the Victory Junction Gang, which is a year-round camping facility that serves children ages six to 16 with chronic medical conditions or illnesses.
A fireworks show at 8:30 p.m. Sunday ended the inaugural festival.