by Bob Grawey
Those who have attended Rockin’ Rogers Days are well aware of the great bands, plentiful food, its colorful, entertaining parade and the event’s crowning of Miss Rogers.
This year, though, a new dimension has been added, as the event honors one of the Rogers Lions’ most influential members, and one who was instrumental in starting and helping grow Rockin’ Rogers to the huge event it is today.
Rogers Lion Tom Gustafson is rolling out the first Dean Eggert Memorial Motorcycle Ride, a 60-mile ride to honor the late Eggert, who died in August 2010 of cancer.
Eggert left his mark on the Rogers community, where he was involved in the Lions as a past president and as a chair or co-chair of many committees and in nearby St. Michael, where he was a city council member for over 10 years.
All motorcycle enthusiasts are invited to honor Eggert by joining the 1.5 hour ride that takes place Saturday, June 25.
Riders begin meeting at 8:30 that morning, join for a group photo at 9:45 and leave on the ride at 10 a.m., led by Eggert’s two sons, Jeffrey and Brandon. The group will finish the memorial ride, arriving at the start of the parade where riders fall in behind the grand marshal and finish the route as part of the Saturday Rockin’ Rogers Days parade.
The cost to participate in the memorial ride is $30 per person or $50 for a couple riding on one motorcycle. That fee includes a T-shirt with Dean Eggert’s picture on it, lunch after the ride and a Rockin’ Rogers admission button to all Rockin’ Rogers evening events.
Early registration is encouraged so riders can take advantage of the admission button for Thursday and Friday events as well as getting their T-shirt to wear on the ride.
According to Gustafson, Eggert was not only an avid motorcyclist, but he had a huge desire to help others and did this through many efforts to help the CROSS food shelf.
So, participating riders are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for CROSS. All proceeds from the Dean Eggert Memorial Ride will also go to the food shelf.
But anyone attending the Rockin’ Rogers parade can honor Eggert, too, by bringing non-perishable food items to the parade. People can drop off those food items at the event’s Entertainment Center located at the Rogers Community Room (look for the sign).
For more information, call Tom Gustafson at 612-802-5371 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rockin’ Rogers runs from Thursday night, June 23 through Sunday, June 26.
To learn more about the Rogers Lions, go to the service club’s Web site at www.rogersmnlions.org.