Appleton’s Harley Davidson threw a huge party, entitled Motorcycle Mayhem, to celebrate its 65th anniversary with music, great food and of course, legendary motorcycles.
Appleton’s guests were treated to a day of the area’s best local bands. One band after another took to the outdoor stage throughout the day and into the evening. Customer’s motorcycles were on display around the building, and inside, the showroom was packed, with enthusiasts, old and new, catching up with friends and fellow riders.
A slide show was being played which showed pictures from Appleton’s first 65 years. Trophies earned by the dealership and members of the Appleton family were on display. Historical items of the local dealership as well as the Harley Davidson Company were also out for all to see.
“Back in the early days, the family and a lot of the customers would gather down at the river bottom to celebrate the brand, and they would do a big fish fry,” Tia Suiter said. “So we like to carry on that fish fry tradition.”
Some of the pictures on display showed those early days at the river. Others showed the aftermath of Clarksville’s 1999 tornado.
“The tornado destroyed our Kraft St. location back in 1999,” Suiter said. “But we’re proud to still be here, and this is a chance for us to show our customers how much we appreciate them.”
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