Hundreds of people from all over North America began descending upon the Missouri Ozarks Wednesday to celebrate a love they share – A love for the odd-looking reverse trike motorcycles called Spyder Roadsters.
Spyderfest is taking place in Cuba this weekend. It began as a small gathering of 150 cyclists in 2010, and has become an annual event growing in size each year.
In 2011 the number of riders doubled to 300, and organizers say registration numbers indicate it has doubled in size again this year.
The registration logs include riders from 36 different states and Canada, but the event is not limited to Spyder riders. Riders of other bikes and those who simply want to admire the cycles are welcome.
Events include group rides today and Saturday, group meals, a vendor village all weekend, a parade through Cuba at 6 p.m. Saturday, a salute to veterans and an outdoor Sunday worship service.
Group ride opportunities include a ladies only ride and a ride to Missouri Wine Country today, and a Route 66 ride and guided tour of the Cuba murals Saturday.
Tonight also features a benefit event in which riders will gather at the drive-in movie theater just outside Cuba for a family-friendly flick. All proceeds will go toward the Friday Backpack Program at Cuba schools. The program sends food for the weekend home with children in low-income families.
Registration for the event is not needed to participate in the movie or visit the festival's rendezvous point and vendor village at the Cuba Cowtown USA store. The store is located on the northern outer road of Interstate 44 west of Cuba, and can be accessed by taking exit 203 from Interstate-44.
Registration is necessary to participate in the group rides, meals, prize drawings and parade.
Registration is $50 per rider and can be completed at the rendezvous point.