No “biker gangs” showed up to Ozark Bikefest, police were on alert
LAKE OZARK, MO (BIKER DAD) –No “biker gangs” showed up despite worries and warnings from police at Bikefest on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. In the Netflix show “Ozark,” the town is riddled with crime and conspiracy. But in real life, the only ruckus this past weekend was the roar of thousands of motorcycles. “I think people have misconceptions of people on Harleys,” Paul Reichle, one of the festival’s visitors told KOLR TV , said. “Bikefest are the nicest people you’ll ever meet. We’re not one-percenter gangs, we’re just average people. Doctors, lawyers, accountants, plumbers, carpenters.”
Police were concerned because of a shoot-out between rival “biker gangs” in the Missouri tourist hot spot. It happened this summer. You can see the video here. Or subscribe to the Biker Dad YouTube channel.
About 100 thousand riders showed up for the weekend. But rally-goers say the saw no sign of large numbers of 1% clubs or trouble
But some did hope the large number of bikers would help drivers “see” something else: us on the road “This weekend and all summer long, and Missouri is really a 12 month motorcycle state. Watch for motorcycles, be aware of them when they’re around you,” Jim Scheele, a representative with Freedom of Road Riders told KOLR. “And take care, and we’ll respect you, and you respect us out on the highway.”
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Police issued a similar warning in Canada a few weeks ago. After 1,500 Hells Angels rolled into town for a funeral, they feared the event would turn into “biker gang” trouble. That didn’t happen either.