While we have expressed at length our appreciation for a number of those responsible for making this event a success, we would be remiss if we did not expand the scope of our gratitude to all that played a role. It is a rather large list and none were insignificant or of a lesser importance.
If only that it were a simple task to rank them in an alphabetical or chronological order. As it is, you, the reader, are forced to endure a rather random recollection sequence. Given the age and level of senility of the Groody Bros. it is quite within the realm of possibility that omissions may occur. For that, you have their most sincere condolences and humble apologies. If such has occurred, notify us at once and we shall make suitable amends.
Let us begin then with those whom you came face to face with at the event. Beginning with our registration table we had remarkably tolerant and flexible assemblage. First on the scene was delightful Angie “Coco” Colina. Along with her was the lovely Tracy Rainey. We also had the good fortune of assistance from a contingent of volunteers from the Young Variety of Greater Kansas City led by Christine Henry. A helping hand was also provided by Heidi Downer of Kansas City Parks and Recreation, who also assisted with the contest judging.
Speaking of judges Diane Capps, director of the Kansas City Ragtime Revelry, was not only one of our costume judges but also provided the background music on the day of the event and furnished a pair of tickets to a concert. The arduous task of judging the bicycles was performed in a professional manner by Calvert Guthrie of the Kansas City Center for the Ink & Paper Arts. Be it known to all that this poor chap was solicited on the spot the day of the event. A great many thanks to all of our judges.
Our contest winners were:
Lori Steele for Best Girls Costume
Parker Lasswell for Best Boys Costume
Ka Bardwell for Most Flattering Female Finery
Samuel Swearngin for Most Dashing & Debonair Male
Ron Alexander with his 60’s Dunelt won Best Bicycle
Brian Lasswell for Most Handsome Mustache (Masculinely Male)
Madeline Krowe for Most Delicate Mustache (Fictitiously Female)
Sara Steele for Most Intriguing Accessory upon a Person
Richard Steele for Most Intriguing Accessory upon a Bicycle
We also wish to thank Chris Thomas for the wonderful images that he captured during the event. You may have also noticed the crew of Titus Video Productions recording the proceedings, courtesy of Mark Titus. We are currently in the planning stages of creating a multi-media presentation and welcome your submissions. Below you will find links to the photos that we are currently aware of. If yours have been omitted please contact us. We would love to add them to the list.
During the actual ride we enlisted a few brave souls to assist with keeping the ride together as much as possible. The organizers felt this to be the lesser of the evils when a large group is on the streets. Our “corkers” were Ryan Elrod, Ryan Jones, and Karl Fundenberger along with numerous others who assisted in this task. We do humbly apologize to those who found this practice distasteful and fully respect your opinions on this matter. It is our sincere hope that future rides will not require us to behave in such a manner.
In the event that you were curious to the identity of the loud mouthed buffoon attempting the duties of emcee, it was a local no account, ne’er-do-well by the name of Mark Rainey. All attempts to keep him focused and away from the bourbon were made by his brother and legal custodian, David Rainey. This responsibility made David the most likely candidate for the roll of “Sweeper” during the pedaling portion of the event as well and had not a thing at all to do with the speed at which David rides. For those unfamiliar with this pair, they operate under the alias of The Groody Bros. Bicycle Restoration Project.
We also wish to express our deepest gratitude to Karen Zecy of American Micro for her generosity in making this event a success.