On a perfect fall afternoon and the last day of this year's Oktemberfest celebration, hogs ran loose in downtown Marshalltown.
No piglets - these were the pride and joy of Central Iowa's motorcycle enthusiasts. Their hogs are powerful road machines. Chromed, customized, and polished they impart a sense of individualism and personal style.
Approximately 80 cycles were at the event, some to participate in the show and others for the rodeo events.
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Annie Bidwell scoops up a net of stuffed animals as she rides with Charlie Bidwell during Sunday’s Motorcycle Rodeo.
"This popular event is in its sixth year, and the participation is similar to last year's event," said Marilee Weatherman, chairperson for the show and rodeo. "I'm very pleased with the turnout."
Ron Borror attended with his daughter, Hailey. Borror is the owner of Wapello County Customs and brought his custom built motorcycle to the show.
"I built this bike as a tribute to my grandfather who served in the second World War," Borrow said. "To honor him and all the other veterans the bike is being raffled off, with the winning ticket to be drawn Dec. 12. All proceeds to be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project."
After the show, judging was completed the rodeo events commenced. There were contests to entertain the children, and riding events to test the skills of motorcycle enthusiasts.
One popular event involved a team of rider and passenger, slow speed maneuvers, stuffed animals and a large fishing net. The crowded laughed as teams attempted to scoop up the stuffed animals in the net.
The team of Jason Helton and Andrea Nutt competed for the first time. Assessing their performance
"I thought we had a good run particularly since I didn't fall off," Nutt said.
Other longtime competitors like Charlie and Annie Bidwell seemed to unfazed by the competition.
Throughout the afternoon the contests continued while riders displayed their skills to an appreciative audience. For the sixth consecutive year, this event has continued to be a popular part of the Oktemberfest celebration.