The loud hum of motorcycle engines filled the Northwoods this past week. Those sounds signified the start and finish to Tomahawk's Fall Ride.
While the annual event celebrated its 38th year, festival organizers at Bubba's Big Party found a new way this year to honor the ride's founder and veterans.
Next to the new archway at the festival campground you'll find Eau Claire carpenter Bob Heller's handiwork in the "Miracle Mountain Motorcycle Monument." The veteran's monument showcases five of Heller's custom motorcycle sculptures elevated on a dirt mound. Four of those bikes honor veterans who fought during particular periods of war including World War 1, World War 2, Korea, Vietnam and the ongoing Middle East conflict. The fifth bike at the top of the mound commemorates the ride's founder, Bubba, who died in 2017.
"That's just doing my little part to honor the vets, my little tiny part. If everybody did their little bit it would be just wonderful they really need the help," said Heller.
The motorcycle monument will stay up all year long at the entrance of Bubba's Big Party at 2675 County Road L in Tomahawk. Heller plans to add more bikes in the future.
Recently, Bubba's son Keith Troutman purchased the campground and plans to build a permanent facility there for big events throughout the year.