Lake of the Ozarks, Mo. -- For bikers, it's all about the ride - just being on the bike and taking in the scenery.  The beauty of the Lake of the Ozarks is why the yearly Bikefest, September 11-14, annually draws 10,000 motorcycle enthusiasts to the Lake of the Ozarks.  But Bikefest also adds plenty of activities to ensure a weekend packed with enjoyment for motorcycle enthusiasts.


The event's official website - - recommends three different rides around the area that take approximately 2-3 hours.  Bennett Spring and Ha Ha Tonka state parks are featured in an 84-mile ride, while a 96-mile ride around the Lake of the Ozarks shows riders a number of the area's most beautiful vistas.  A third ride of 115 miles includes roads that were part of historic Route 66 and features a stop at the historic community of Devil's Elbow on the Big Piney River.


The Lake area is a favorite destination for bikers year-round, not only for the breath-taking rides, but also because of the welcoming atmosphere, according to Bikefest organizers.  The area has more than 200 bars and restaurants, many of which offer entertainment and food specials just for Bikefest.  Added to that are vendors, events and activities brought in especially for the event, making for great times after the rides are through.


BikeFestRebels "The Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest is in its eighth year and it has grown to be the largest bike rally in the Midwest," Lake of the Ozarks Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Tim Jacobsen said.  


"The Lake area's great rides are featured in the 2014 Official Bikefest Passport Ride, where stamps from 24 locations enter riders for a chance to win a brand new 2013 Harley Davidson motorcycle.  It promises to be a great event, so we hope to see all motorcycle enthusiasts at the Lake September 11-14."


Music is also one of the draws for the event.  This year's headliners will be on stage at H. Toad's at Camden on the Lake Resort.  Friday night, Sept., 12, features performances from Nashville's Mustang Sally and Edge of Forever, a Lynard Skynard tribute band.  On Saturday, Hells/Bells takes to the stage with their tribute to AC/DC.  Live music can be found at a number of other venues around the Lake that weekend, as well.


Six vendor villages - at Lake of the Ozarks Harley Davidson Shop, Bagnell Dam Bait Shop and Campground, Dog Days Bar and Grill, Surdyke Yamaha, the Toad Cove Compound at Camden on the Lake Resort, and Team Seebold Sports - will offer all types of motorcycle-related items.  Visitors can expect to see leathers, custom painting, lights and bike-builders.


On Saturday, Sept. 13, those in the market for a fresh set of wheels can bid on the bike (or bikes) of their choice at the second annual Big Bikefest Auction at Surdyke Yamaha. The auction is family-friendly and free to attend and runs from noon until 3 p.m., but the doors open at 9 a.m. for those that want to show up early to scope out the goods.


Riders who complete the Passport Program will be entered in a drawing to win a 2013 Harley Davidson FLD Switchback.

Attendees who want the opportunity to win a 2013 Harley Davidson FLD Dyna Switchback Motorcycle can participate in this year's Passport Program from 11 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11, until 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14.  The program requires a visit to each of 24 locations to get a passport stamp.  Completed passports must be turned in by 11 a.m. at the official Passport Booth at Lake of the Ozarks Harley Davidson. The completed passports will then be entered into a drawing for the bike, to be awarded at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14, at Lake of the Ozarks Harley Davidson.


On Sunday morning, Sept. 14, the Osage Beach First Assembly of God Church will be offering an outdoor tent service beginning at 10:30 a.m., followed by a free lunch and bike blessing.


For more information about this and other events and activities at the Lake of the Ozarks, as well as dining and accommodations, visit our website at or call 1-800-FUN-LAKE.

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