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The second weekend of August will see an unusual group flying into town, and not on the sort of wings one might expect.

The Minnesota Wings Motorcycle Club has chosen Detroit Lakes as the location for its annual gathering, bringing members from its six chapters to the area in celebration of the state's scenic ride routes.

"Each year we have a get together," Sue Kaneski, one of this year's coordinators, said. "We thought Detroit Lakes had a lot to offer."

Between local hotels and restaurants providing reasonably priced accommodations and the area's array of picturesque lakes, trees, rivers and hills, the organizing chapter from Little Falls found it an ideal setting for a summer get together.

According to Kaneski, most of the club's 400 members ride Goldwing motorcycles. Although they derive their name from that particular Honda bike, they make an effort to include riders of other brands.

"We welcome any motorcycle riders to join us," Kaneski said. "It doesn't have to be a Goldwing."

From August 13-15, bikers and their golden-winged counterparts will soar into town for a weekend of socializing and cycle riding, including raffles, door prizes, drawings, vendors, swap tables and a Sunday morning worship service.

Country Inn and Suites will serve as home base for the festivities, which are, as Kaneski said, open to any motorcycle owners or riders - members or non - who register.

Full weekend registration is $25 and includes a Saturday dinner at The Fireside; a day pass to Get Together events can be purchased for $10. Those interested can register online at

"We'll be going for a ride out and around your beautiful hilly region," Kaneski said, specifying that there will be rides both Friday evening and Saturday morning.

Saturday is also the deadline for entrance to the Cruising County Courthouse Contest, which asks those interested to take pictures of themselves and their bikes in front of as many of Minnesota's 87 county courthouses as possible. Photos are to be labeled, submitted and tallied, winning those with the most prizes.

The contest's - and the weekend's - purpose is to get bikers out riding and having a good time with their fellow Goldwingers.

"We aren't a rowdy bunch," Kaneski said. "We're just a group of people who enjoy the fellowship of other motorcycle riders and get out and enjoy riding through beautiful Minnesota."