By Shane Rogers
Lake Erie Harley-Davidson, located on Chester Road, will celebrate its 75th anniversary July 18-19 with a celebration that includes food, music and motorcycles.
Open to the public, the business will host live music on both days with an array of vendors and a pig roast for everyone to enjoy. There will also be a raffle for a 2014 FLHX Street Glide bike where only 1,000 tickets will be sold.
“We aren’t looking to make somebody leave with a motorcycle that day,” General Manager Dennis O’Shea said. “Come in and meet us and just enjoy a day or two.”
The family-owned and operated Lake Erie Harley- Davidson is considered the ninth oldest dealership in the Harley-Davidson corporate infrastructure, a fact those at Lake Erie Harley are proud of.
“It’s kind of a milestone for everyone involved,” said O’Shea, who has worked at Lake Erie Harley-Davidson since 2004.
Lake Erie Harley-Davidson has been in the same family since it was started in 1939. Started by Floyd Weigel, the business was then purchased by his nephew, George Stevens, and since 2004 has been under the ownership of Mike Stevens, George’s son.
The business has been housed in several buildings over the years, with its newest one being constructed in 2004 on Chester Road. One reason cited by Lake Erie Harley for its continued success is controlling the growth rate, never overexpanding or constructing something too extravagant that it could not be sustained.
“It’s pretty amazing that they made it this far,” O’Shea added.
For Lake Erie Harley-Davidson, the 75th anniversary bash is more than just a celebration of Harley-Davidsons; it’s a celebration of the history that brought them to this point. Old pictures will hang across the walls, and a copy of the original business license will be blown up for everyone to see.
“Personally, I think it’s a really neat celebration to have,” O’Shea said. “No. 1, it’s family. No. 2, it’s still going, and three, you’re looking at 75 years of history within the same family.”
For more information on Lake Erie Harley-Davidson, go to www.lakeerieharley.com or visit its Facebook page.
Contact Shane Rogers at firstname.lastname@example.org
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