Bicyclist from across the country will once again be signing up to ride on the Bicycle Across Missouri (Big Bam) event in 2019. Each year five cities are selected along the route to serve as host cities. In 2019, Perry will serve as a host city for day one of the six day event. The stop in Perry will be on Monday, June 10th. In previous years, the 300 plus mile event attracted over 500 riders.
The Perry Community Betterment Organization (PCBO) will be sponsoring the event. “This event is a great way for us to showcase our community, the lake and nearby historical sites,” said Dustin Wasson, PCBO President. Wasson was a past co-organizer of the event that stopped at Mark Twain Lake in 2017. “We are really excited about having the opportunity to host hundreds of bicyclist from across the country,” said Wasson. The one day event will have food vendors, live music, a beer garden and much more. Bill Trower Memorial Park will serve as a tent city to several hundred riders.
“The best part of the event is it’s free to the public, and everyone can enjoy the regional musical entertainment brought in by Big Bam,” Wasson said. The PCBO is working with local organizations, the City of Perry, Perry Area Chamber of Commerce, Mark Twain State Park, the Mark Twain Lake Chamber of Commerce and the Paris Chamber of Commerce to make sure the ride through the area is a memorable one. The goal is to get as many businesses, clubs and organizations involved in this event, and we plan to do so.
More information will be announced about the event in coming months at bigbamperry.com