The 11th Annual Vintage Motorcycle Days are coming up Saturday, June 1. This free family event brings tons of vintage bikes to downtown Palisade. This year's show is shaping up to be the best yet. Here are my top five reasons why you should round up the whole family and attend.

Set aside the date of Saturday, June 1, 2019. The event is free to attend, with fun for the entire bunch. You don't necessarily have to be a motorcycle enthusiast to have a good time.

Collectors love to show off their vintage bikes at this annual show. You'll see everything from $300,000 museum pieces to rat bikes. This is a FREE family event with lots o' bikes, live music, and fun for the kids. Check out this video from past years' shows.

If you have a motorcycle at least 25 years old or older, regardless of make, model, or condition, you should seriously consider bringing it to this show. If you wish to enter it for judging, there is a modest registration fee. "Fun" trophies will be awarded.

In addition to incredible bikes, the event also features live music with the Desert Flyer Band, vendors, and of course, all the great downtown Palisade merchants.

There will be t-shirts for sale, including shirts for the event and for the Desert Flyer Band. Some proceeds from the sale of Desert Flyer Band t-shirts go towards a local music scholarship.

Back to the motorcycles. What categories can you compete in?  Judging categories include:

  • American
  • British
  • European
  • Custom
  • Asian
  • Rat Bike
  • People's Choice
  • Longest Distance Driven/Longest Distance Trailered.

New categories include:

  • Mayor's Choice
  • "Peach"of a Bike
  • "Brenna's Trophy" will be awarded to a female motorcycle owner

Do you still need a little more convincing? That's fair, after all, this is your Saturday family time we're talking about. I've been involved with this event since its second year, and I can offer five rock-solid reasons why you dare not miss this event:

  • It's free to attend... .and there isn't much of that going around, now is there?
  • This is a FAMILY event, with something for everyone
  • Live music with Western Colorado's very own Desert Flyer Band
  • The bikes are absolutely magnificent.... there's a good chance you'll see the bike of your dreams
  • This is a LOCAL event showcasing the best Western Colorado has to offer

Just a reminder, attending the event is free. To enter your bike for judging, there is a small registration fee.

Two years ago I was able to convince my parents to put my mom's old Honda motorcycle in the show. This is an early 80's model bike with only a few hundred original miles on it. Unfortunately, my dad ended up having a heat stroke, but that's beside the point. They had fun showing off the bike, and people loved seeing it.

Waylon Jordan

There's a reason why I've been involved with this event all these years; it just doesn't get any better. Palisade is just a hop, skip, and a jump down the road. The price of FREE is certainly right. More than anything, this is a chance to spend time with the family enjoying the talent and skill of your local motorcycle enthusiasts.

We'll see you June 1, 2019, for the annual Vintage Motorcycle Days, sponsored by Western Rockies Federal Credit Union. The event will get underway at 10 a.m. and run through 3 p.m. at 3rd and Main in downtown Palisade.