Difficult to believe that The Donnie Smith Bike Show And Parts Extravaganza is already in its 25th edition. It has always been each year in March the mid-west largest motorcycle event. Faithful reader Art Welch, who owns Indian Motorcycle of the Twin Cities Minnesota and was an exhibitor in this past weekend show ( March 24th-25th) at the St Paul, MN prestigious River Cennter, reported to me a number of visitors estimated by the organizers at 30,000.
Quite a crowd for a 2-day regional event and certainly another hint that the US economy growing again, although at a relatively modest pace, unlocks the desire of many to acquire and customize a motorcycle. Donnie Smith has one of the longest, continuous running show in the custom bike world, and is also now a strong supporter of many of the Midwest High Schools and Colleges that have begun educating in the art of custom bike building. As a result, 4 high schools competed this year at the 25th Annual Donnie Smith Show.