Ridin' High On The Hog: 2017 Raffle Winners Announced

August 10, 2017

SIR president, Jimmy Kleckner, was on hand to present the St. Victor Boogie Harley-Davidson Raffle Bike to the 2017 winner: John Gale of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. 

Jim Shirkie of Weyburn, SK. collected the second place prize of $1000.00 from the annual event.

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Peter Fonda dies at 79.

August 16, 2019

Two-time Oscar nominee Peter Fonda, who became a counterculture icon when he co-wrote, produced and starred in seminal 1969 road movie “Easy Rider,” then showed Hollywood he could act about three decades later in “Ulee’s Gold,” died on Friday from lung cancer at his home in Los Angeles. He was 79.

His sister Jane Fonda said in a statement, “I am very sad. He was my sweet-hearted baby brother. The talker of the family. I have had beautiful alone time with him these last days. He went out laughing.”

His wife Parky released a statement on behalf of the family, saying “In one of the saddest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts…And, while we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life. In honor of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom.”

More recently, Fonda played Mephistopheles in the Nicolas Cage vehicle “Ghost Rider” and a biker, for the umpteenth time in his career, in the John Travolta-Tim Allen comedy “Wild Hogs”; had a nice supporting role as a bounty hunter in the 2007 remake “3:10 to Yuma”; and reunited with Cage in the 2015 Louisiana political drama “The Runner,” in which Fonda played the younger actor’s father.

The first significant step Fonda took in the path toward the success he would achieve through “Easy Rider” was a starring role, with Nancy Sinatra and Bruce Dern, in Roger Corman’s 1966 Hells Angels drama “The Wild Angels.” It was the first of a series of successful biker pictures produced by American International Pictures that screened at drive-ins across the country.

The next step was the 1967 feature “The Trip,” directed by Corman and written by Jack Nicholson. This piece of what has been termed psychedelic cinema follows a young director of commercials played by Fonda who goes an LSD trip together assisted by Dern’s character. Later Fonda’s character visits the groovy pad of a guru-dealer played by Dennis Hopper.

40th Anniversary

June 18, 2019

Another Father's Day has come and gone- and with the end of the celebration of our 40th Anniversary, the memories of all the people we met and all the friends that we spent time with have scattered to the wind. The 40th brought back people from all over once again and is still being celebrated as a success by all who attended... the games were cut short by some much needed rain- yet it really didn't dampen the spirit of all that gathered that weekend. The games began with a different tone this year, as a lone piper played in memory of the fallen riders that could not be there to celebrate amongst their brothers.

The merchandise sales unfortunately left Saturday arrivals leaving empty handed as the shelves were almost bare at the end of Friday- selling out all but 15 items on the first day... stocks were doubled for the 40th, and no one thought that there would be such a push for the clothing. Many found their way onto the online store and supported their Victor gear weeks before the event, and were happy they were not among those who went without.

There are many that had said  that this would be the final Boogie- and that there will be no more... with the roughly 700 people that came down into the valley last weekend, we can safely say that the Boogie will keep on going strong as long as the people are still pouring through the Saskatchewan weather to be there. Thought the SIR group throw this party each year, it has truly become the Saskatchewan tradition that welcomes riders from all places to come and have a good time. Along with the coalition stopping in to participate in the event, the women riders world relay added their group to the ones that would choose to attend what has been the most popular provincial event around. With more and more riders having the time of their lives each year- and spreading the word to all that the see on their travels- the St. Victor Boogie grows back to the numbers it knew years ago- and creating new memories and friendships along the way.

We're gonna be doing it all over again in 2020- so make sure you mark the calendar. We'll see you down in the park next year.

Online Store Here In April

March 04, 2019

     Well, it's been a long time coming to try to get this all put together- not that it should've taken as long as it did, but here we are nevertheless. The order has gone in for the 2019 shirts and we are expecting to have them in our grubby lil' paws my mid April... So just what does this mean for you- well, if you're gonna be joining us at the park and taking in the show, you still may want to pay attention to this! We will be making the online store available to the public on April 1st- but really we will be, no foolin'! 

      The shirts will be available to be purchased early on and you can opt to pick them up at Victor, or you can have them shipped to you at home. The offering doesn't just stop at the t-shirts; we have the bunny hugs returning in men's and women's styles; there are the mechanics shop shirts made in limited quantities for our 40th celebration along with other desirable clothing. We'll even throw the patches up on the site along with bandanas so you can pick those up too. This is all being done so that you'll have the best opportunity to make sure that you can get your hands on your size and know that you don't have to wait in line while everyone buys up all the stuff that fits you.

     There is the added bonus that you can get all the merchandise out of the way and not have it cut into you weekend's funding. Get it ordered and paid for early on and get yourself another beer card, bring a friend down to the Boogie... it just frees up the money you would've put aside for a shirt or bunny hug for that weekend. We know that it's an added cost that no one likes- so we are not profiting from the merch this year. You pay what we pay,  PST & GST included in the prices ( because the devils need their cut ).

       We will be testing out the store over the next few weeks and will have it up on the website on or around April 1st for anyone who wants to choose the option. Anything that is sold out on the store will not be available come St. Victor though- we got what it is that we got and when it is gone, it's just gone. The hats may be the only items that we could generate in time for the Boogie... I wouldn't leave it to chance if it were me. Try it out and buy your merch. Leave it to Father's Day weekend and miss out possibly- there'll be another 40th Anniversary Biker Rally in Saskatchewan in 27 years or so... you waited this long what's another two and a half decades?


Let Us Know

February 11, 2019

      We have announced the band for the up coming St. Victor Boogie- and have since received submission of requests for other bands... so here's what we want to do: If you have a band that you know of, are in, support, follow, or even really enjoyed at someone else's event and would like to see playing the Boogie in the years to come- let us know on the Facebook Page.

     After the 40th, we will put up a post specifically for these types of requests. If you have a band that you want to see at the Boogie- get the best video available of them rockin' out any classic rock tune. Then attach the contact info required to book that band... We will view the videos and consider them for the future bands at St. Victor. We want bands that kick ass- the ones that you look forward to seeing perform again and again. Here's the one slight stipulation to the whole thing: we want a rock'n'roll ready band with enough material to keep the crowd engaged singin' along to everything from AC/DC to ZZ Top! What we don't want is the crowd turning away when someone tries to throw in something they wrote.


     We appreciate the skill of a band and the artistry of putting together a composition and proudly performing it to a crowd- but unless it's on the level of Freebird or Stairway To Heaven, we're not looking for you to spotlight your band. Our primary desire is to have you entertain our events- people want the great tunes that they'll listen to when they're on a long stretch of highway and leaving the world behind. There are plenty of good ol' fashion rock anthems available to be performed... A little more Motorhead ain't gonna hurt- I'm just sayin'! 

     Here's where you're grumbling about wanting to get your name out there and be recognized as the next big act- your performance will be carried out by all who are entertained at the show. There will be a couple of videos goin up on YouTube showcasing your skills as a frontman for the band and you will get noticed for playing Aqualung. Hearing Jethro Tull and Pink Floyd at these events peaks up my ears every time- because everyone plays AC/DC and Metallica in their shows. Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Steve Earle- all good options- Motorhead, play fuckin' Motorhead! I'm getting off topic.... We will consider the best fit to our event and give you the chance to strut your stuff on our stage-- send us what you got to offer when we start our search for band(s) for the 41st Boogie?

Looking Back

January 06, 2019

Well, 2018 has passed- so we'll take a look at all that happened- basically because nothing has come up in 2019 to mention just yet... The Spring Run saw a prize pool of over $1000 in prizes which was a first for handing out money! If that wasn't enough to get you to come out to participate- maybe you're just not into charity events? Later in the year, the toy run donated $580 to the Assiniboia Salvation Army with one of the riders donating back their winnings to the cause. Thanks Steve- that's the spirit!

The 39th Boogie saw a much bigger draw from the last few years and was responsible for so very many videos of the games being posted to youtube… I suppose changing the area to a large field and changing the games from the line up from last year really grabbed people's attention. Riff Raff played the stage that weekend and came out being celebrated as the best show ever put on, but that was wildly enjoyed by most everyone that was in the park- so naturally no one left there without loving the music. The 39th went over as a great success and if nothing else- just upped the ante for the upcoming 40th milestone celebration.

Overall the year saw almost $19,000 going to a variety of charitable causes. It also saw yet another person going home with a shiny Harley-Davidson... nothing to complain about there. Second place prize of $1000 was taken home, so that's a great reason to come on out and make a weekend of it. 

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