Harley-Davidson Museum to host top BMX athletes for Bikes Over Baghdad: Stateside Aug 20-21

MILWAUKEE (August 8, 2011) - On Aug. 20-21, the Harley-Davidson Museum will transform its campus to put on one action-packed, awe-inspiring experience when it hosts top BMX athletes from around the country for the second year in a row. Many of these athletes traveled to Iraq and Kuwait for the fourth time in June for Bikes Over Baghdad, a tour that Harley-Davidson helps present that brings the athletes to a variety of military bases to perform for U.S. troops stationed overseas and serving our country.

The weekend's schedule is packed full of exciting events and activities, including two BMX shows each day, during which the athletes will show off the unbelievable technical tricks and jumps they perform for audiences all across the world each year. Three of the athletes also just performed in the ESPN X Games.

The shows will be held at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, and 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21. There are also plenty of highlights in between, including entertainment, food, giveaways and much more. The event is included with Museum admission and is free for Museum members. Admission is $16 for adults, $10 for children aged 5-17, and $12 for college students (with valid I.D.), military and seniors (65+.)

Athletes performing at the Bikes Over Baghdad: Stateside event include Wisconsin natives Brian Kachinsky and Mykel Larrin; as well as Nate Wessell, Drew Bezanson, Jeremiah Smith, Rob Darden, and Micah Kranz.

"Watching these guys perform is unlike anything I've ever seen," said Bill Davidson, Vice President of the Harley-Davidson Museum. "These athletes have traveled to some amazing locations to perform for the men and women in the military, and we are honored to have them come to the Harley-Davidson Museum again. Our visitors are in for something really special."

Following the shows on Saturday, Aug. 20, Motor® Bar and Restaurant at the Harley-Davidson Museum will host a Heroes Party from 6-11 p.m. The Heroes Party is free and open to the public and will honor all active duty and retired United States military. The event will take place on the patio at Motor and will feature a live DJ and a chance for the public to meet the athletes, pose for photos with them, and hear stories about Bikes Over Baghdad.

"It's always really fun for us to meet our fans, and we’re looking forward to coming back to the Harley-Davidson Museum this month," said Kachinsky. "The energy there last year was incredible! We'll definitely be bringing our best – so get ready, Milwaukee."

Sunday, Aug. 21 also marks the final day for visitors to see the Museum’s summer exhibit, Collection X: Weird, Wild Wonders of the Harley-Davidson Museum. After the 21st, most of the items will be put back into the Harley-Davidson Archives.

About the Harley-Davidson Museum
The Harley-Davidson Museum is located at 400 West Canal Street in Milwaukee and provides a glimpse of American history and culture like you've never seen it before – through the lens of Harley-Davidson. The Museum is open year-round and parking is abundant and free. For more information on the Museum’s galleries, exhibits, special events, tickets, and more, visit www.h-dmuseum.com.