Written by Diana Olmstead
Photos by Diana Olmstead & Robin Hudson
The weekend of July 26th -28th thousands of motorcycle riders head to the town of Ocean Shores, WA. Many of the riders stay at the Quinault Beach Resort & Casino and take part in the Casino’s onsite “Hog Wild” event and promotion.
This year the Quinault teamed up with Roadshows, Inc., an event production and promotion company based out of Reno, Nevada, to come in and run the Hog Wild event.
No doubt about it, Roadshows brought a whole lot of pizazz to this year’s event. As soon as the riders pulled into the parking lot they could clearly see that a large portion of the parking lot right outside the casino’s front doors had been dedicated to their Hog Wild event.
Riders were greeted by a row of 10 vendor booth tents, several large VIP signs and lots of American flags and checkered flags waving in the breeze. Directly in front of the row of vendors were 3 sets of bleachers. The bleachers were placed so that people could sit with a great view of the bike games and biker activities and the huge outdoor stage.
The first booth riders encountered was a large registration table. The Roadshows staff that was manning the booth was extremely polite, well organized and knowledgeable. Registration was $60 and every registered rider received a packet that contained an Official Pocket Program, tickets for Friday night seafood buffet and Saturday night BBQ buffet, Hog Wild T-shirt, ride pin, VIP badge, poker run and poker walk entry forms.
The other vendor booths were selling a great variety of biker merchandise – pins, patches, purses, jewelry, t-shirts, helmets and sunglasses. There were a couple of food vendors selling kettle corn, barbecue and teriyaki dishes, plus they had a nice sized beer & beverage garden. That was nice and convenient as riders didn’t have to miss out any of the fun while getting a bite to eat or drink. There were a handful of tables and chairs set up, and those along with the bleachers, ensured that seating was never an issue.
On Friday there was a ride-in bike show, a men’s and ladies small piece tattoo competition, a hog hollerin’ contest, slow races and bike stereo competition taking place outside. Inside there was an indoor poker walk around the casino which was a lot of fun.
On Saturday there was a ride-in bike show, a poker run, a Mr and Miss Hog Wild contest, slow bike races, and a men’s and ladies large piece tattoo competition, plus another poker walk indoors.
Friday and Saturday, 3 bands rotated playing on the outdoor stage. The first band ‘Backfire’ played a variety of high energy country music, classic rock, southern rock and blues. They’ve opened for David Allen Coe, Travis Tritt and Jake Owen to name just a few. The second band to play was ‘Humptulips’, a very popular local country-rock band that plays all over Washington and who has had the pleasure of opening for Montgomery Gentry. The third band to play was ‘Skynnyn Lynnyrd’ , a “Reloaded” Lynyrd Skynyrd cover band based out of California. All 3 bands were a great fit for this biker crowd.
Inside the casino the Clinton Ellison Experience was playing in the Ocean Lounge to a full house both nights. The band played a great mix of R&B, funk, and rock and the dance floor was jam packed with bikers boogying down.
The highlight of the weekend for many was Saturday night when Hell’s Belles, the popular well known, all female AC/DC Tribute Band played to a huge, hyped up crowd. No doubt about it, these ladies knows how to rock. The band is so popular that the Quinault has booked them to headline their Hog Wild event 3 years in a row.
The event came to an official end at 3pm on Sunday with the drawing and giveaway of a 2013 Harley-Davidson Fat Boy Lo or $12,000 in cash. The winner was Catherine, a 57 year old woman from Seattle who visits the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino regularly. She is a non-rider who opted to take the cash.
On Sunday I asked Don Kajans, CEO at Quinault Beach Resort and Casino how he felt their HOG Wild event was and he replied, “It was a great event! We had so much fun with the bikes and the bands and the vendors both at our event and at Sun and Surf. Hog Wild at QBRC brought many more bikes to the area and hopefully Sun and Surf charities benefitted greatly. We look forward to seeing everyone again soon!” What many may not know is that Don is a longtime rider who owns a 2006 Fatboy. He is genuinely passionate about supporting the local motorcycle scene.
A few weeks after the event I spoke to Randy Burke, President of Road Shows Inc., to get his take on registration and attendance numbers and this is what he said, “We had 116 bikes registered for the event and 151 people. We estimate that the total weekend crowd attendance total was about 5,000 with many of them visiting us more than once.”