The following editorial appears in the Sept. 19, 2006, Tomahawk Leader:
The city is practically spotless.
Entering Tomahawk Monday morning one would never know that just 24 hours earlier, tens of thousands of bikers were in town for the Tomahawk Fall Ride for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).
Accommodating that many people into a city of less than 4,000 takes a lot of planning, efforts and commitment on the part of the people who work the Tomahawk Fall Ride. From citizens, MDA, the city of Tomahawk, Harley-Davidson Tomahawk Operations, Tomahawk Regional Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Business Council to law enforcement and small businesses, everyone comes together to make this event work. Most of these people are volunteers, dedicating their time not just for a successfully-run event, but for a good cause – families dealing with MDA.
It takes a lot of hands to put up barricades, safety measures, trash receptacles, booths and electricity to keep the ride up and running safely. And with a huge influx of visitors utilizing the city streets and parks during the event, clean-up afterwards takes just as many hands.
We are impressed with the nearly spotless city streets, sidewalks and parks. Tomahawk’s volunteers and hard workers deserve a hearty round of applause for their tireless efforts, support and work in putting on the largest motorcycle rally in northern Wisconsin.