Harley Davidson Owners group from Wisconsin members gathered in the 3 Clans Ballroom of the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center and the Oneida Bingo and Casino for the event after the registration.
The three-day event is filled with activities from Biker Bingo to the popular biker parade.
Last year the event attracted 6, 010. Althought this year, John Kukla expects that number to rise, but not by a large margin. By Friday evening around 6:00 p.m., the number of registered participants have grown to 4,500 people.
For first timers you might find it hard to believe that bikers and bingo will be a good mix, but that is what is just happening at the Wisconsin State Harley-Davidson Owner's Group Rally competition.
La Crosse resident and volunteer Joyce Deal said that she just do not know why people love it. Deal, a member of the Black River Chapter in Black River Falls, has volunteered with the convention for 10 years and worked with the biker bingo competition for two.
"G-49" the announcer said to a crowd of about 150 Harley Davidson Owners Group members Friday afternoon. "Bingo," yelled Annette Dorzok, winning herself a coaster set in the process
Annette Dorzok has attended the convention for about 16 years and participates in biker bingo each year plays to win, but added that it usually takes us a while, but we usually win."
But Dorzok said she was unsure of what caused the game's popularity. So was her friend, Connie Wester. "This is the mellow time," Wester said. "It doesn't seem like a rowdy enough game," she said with a laugh.
Sunday, July 16, 2006