If you have attended any of the previous 27 annual Mid-America Freedom Rally events you may have noticed Sue Miller. Sue has never met a stranger at a rally since the first MAFR was held in Freeburg, Missouri in 1988. She is an “unofficial” member of the “unofficial” welcoming committee- and is always quick to say hello to everyone. She has also been a member of the planning committee off and on for the last 10 years- and is just as enthusiastic about this year’s 28th Annual MAFR at Buckhorn, Missouri as she was for that first event. She has seen some changes throughout the years, and watched the rally grow into one of the largest in Mid-Missouri. Last year’s rally had 1,890 people through the gate. They show up for the camaraderie, the campfires, the field games, the bikes, the poker runs, the live music, the vendors, the Mr. Buns and Ms. Buckhorn contests- and most importantly to remember and celebrate those who gave their lives for our Freedom. Sunday night’s Rolling Thunder tradition will give you goose bumps- and will stick with you until the next MAFR.
In our book, Sue’s 27 year attendance streak makes her a Mid-America Freedom Rally expert- so we gathered some tips and advice from her to share with you.
#1- Leave the pets, attitudes, firearms, large knives and kiddos at home. No one under 18 is admitted to Mid America Freedom Rally.
#2- Tent camping is free, 4 wheeled hauled campers & RV’s cost $10 more. If you need a nearby hotel room visit www.midamericafreedomrally.com or www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com for suggestions.
#3- Ice, firewood, and food are available on site. Vendor row serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Also on site, Pulaski County Ft. Wood Shrine Club, will have food available. Nearby Roadhouse Bar & Grill will be serving up live entertainment and great food- including steaks. Elbow Inn & BBQ in Devils Elbow is a short ride and was recently named as one of Missouri’s Top BBQ Restaurants by Yelp. For more food options visit www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com.
#4- Poker Runs are scheduled for Saturday. Route 66 is also a great ride. For more ride ideas and turn by turn directions for Route 66 visit http://www.PulaskiCountyUSA.com.
#5- The infield and stage bar heats up after the sun goes down. Friday nights lineup includes Ruckus and Phat Mike & The Bartenders. Saturday night is Sweet Shot and Outlaw Jim & the Whiskey Benders. Sunday night is Soul Root followed by feature band Looks That Kill, a Mötley Crüe tribute band. Bring your chair and your favorite canned (no glass on the infield) beverage.
#6- Take a walk/ride to the Green Dragon.
#7- Don’t fall asleep before Sunday night’s Rolling Thunder.
#8- Missouri is a helmet state- wear your bucket when leaving the campground.
#9- Shower houses are on site.
#10- The Pulaski County Ft. Wood Shrine Club, on site, is a great place to beat the heat and have an iced beverage. They also have Wi-Fi.
#11- Thunder Roads Magazine of MO/So. IL will be at this year’s MAFR. Show ’em a heck of a rally- Buckhorn style!
#12- Mid-America Freedom Rally gates officially open at Noon Friday, May 27th. If three days of bands, friends, & fun isn’t quite enough you can join the MAFR Pre Party hosted by Pulaski County Ft. Wood Shrine Club, Thursday, May 26th. Pre Party begins at 7:00 p.m. and features The Dirt Road Junkies band.
To read David Campbell’s BikerNet.com’s coverage of last year’s MAFR visit
For more information on Mid-America Freedom Rally visit www.midamericafreedomrally.com.
For more information on Freedom of Road Riders visit www.forr.net.