Appleton Harley-Davidson to celebrate 60 years

Publish Date: 
Jul 24, 2012

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – Appleton Harley-Davidson will celebrate its 60th anniversary Saturday with a Motorcycle Mayhem event.

“We want this to be a tribute to our loyal customers and we want to embrace a future with new ones,” co-owner Tia Suiter told the Leaf Chronicle. “That’s really what this is all about. We have wonderful customers who won’t buy a bike anywhere else, and we have a community that knows that we are here for them.”

Glen Appleton opened the business 60 years ago. After his death, his brother Buddy – already a Yamaha and Husqvarna dealer – bought the store from his estate in 1981. It remains in the family.

For the past 11 years this particular weekend was reserved for the annual memorial poker run in honor of Glen Appleton and later his brother Buddy.

“It will be a part of this year’s event and it will still include all the same traditional stops that we’ve had in years past,” sales manager Glen Appleton Jr. said. “It’s a way to keep my dad and my uncle’s memory alive.”

The event starts at 10 a.m. with an arm wrestling tournament weigh-in followed by live music from local artist Mike Robinson. Food from Edelweiss Café will be available as well as beer from Budweiser. Music from other local acts including Joel Brown, Tim Lynch and Olivia Rose will fill the afternoon and the poker run will follow a word from Montgomery County Mayor Carolyn Bowers at 5 p.m. A historical video and a Harley-Davidson giveaway will happen later in the evening.

Posted by Holly Wagner