The BTW roots began better than 30 years ago, when a bunch of guys began converting VW cars into trikes. Other trikes were later being built using others resources such as V8 engines etc. And from that time, interest in trikes has continually increased and now today many manufacturers has joined in producing quite a variety of trikes to include the growing popularity of trikes with two wheels in front and have taken the lead in trike sales. So today, where ever there is a triking event, one will see many different styles & types of trikes, from the ones that are built by individuals to include those that are bought from dealers. And, they are all, without question, a lot fun to ride. But also take notice that trikes are only a part of this excitement, the greater adventure is realized in our "family of trikers" that clearly defines the addition of our chosen family. And the personalities that enclose this group of enthusiasts are numerous. And enclosed within these personalities is found the "richness of our brotherhood" that draw us all together, as family, a family of trikers, experiencing that warm and most rewarding fellowship, each and every time we get together. Bottom line, were exciting and we're contagious!
The Kansas BTW puts on one major event each year. This annual event is put on by the Kansas chapters and other members that's spread across the state. This event, in recent years, has been held at Camp Alexander, east of Emporia, however this year, this event will be relocated to Garnett, KS. (check "Events" for details). The purpose for this annual event is to unite all Kansas members and to also get acquainted with other BTW members from other states that take in this event. Having that said, many of the BTW members reciprocate with other neighboring state & chapter events.
There are a lot of deserving charities, which riding groups such as ours support and most have a large pool from which they can draw support. Camp Alexander has a smaller pool of support. The Kansas BTW has been a continuing supporter, because of the camp's mission of enriching the lives of our youth, Kansas youth. Over the years, we've seen continual growth and positive improvements in the programs and the facility itself.
Camp Alexander: Most anyone that takes a close look at the camp will soon appreciate the value of its purpose and goals. Edward Jones (E.J.) Alexander, the enigmatic benefactor of thousands of Emporia children, died May 13, 1923, but his philanthropy continues today. He was born into slavery in 1854 and he came to Emporia, Kansas as a young man from North Carolina shortly after the Civil War ended. First in a hay business and later into producing vegetables and fruit on his 40 acres and selling them in Emporia, it is said he gave away more food to the children than he sold! Never having his own children he chose to leave all he had to the children of Lyon County and the State of Kansas. In the 1930's the "Camp" was born. And today, a great big "Thanks!" to Camp Alexander's staff for what they are accomplishing with the children and young adults that take advantage of their training and guidance.
Kansas currently has four chapters. (listed below) The Southeast Kansas (SEK) Chapter puts on an annual event in Coffeyville each year in June. The East Central Kansas (ECKS) Chapter puts on an annual picnic in July each year around the Ottawa vicinity and the Open Prairie Trikers (OPT) has a by-annual Trike-about in the Wichita vicinity and locally weekly rides when not attending other triking events. The Kaw Valley Chapter's activities are mostly in the Kansas City area and usually seen at most any triking event. The first three chapters listed below have websites where you can find out more about that chapter and it's activities and events.
Chapter Director: Ray Scales Phone: Cell 620-238-1844
Chapter Director: John Privitt Phone: Cell 785-248-3867
Chapter Director: Larry Lee
Phone: Cell 316-882-3515
Chapter Director: Tom Wing
This annual event is held at the Northwest Arkansas District Fairgrounds, 1400 Fairground Rd., Harrison, Arkansas. Live music, Games, Guided Rides, Trike/Bike Show & parade, Poker Runs, Charity Auction, Door Prizes, 50/50 Daily, On Site Security, Camping on Site and in Area, Indoor & Outdoor Vendors, Discounted Room Rates at Local Hotels. Also Shady Oaks Campground is owned by a BTW member and ofers a 15% discount. All are Welcome.
The annual National BTW Trike Rally, was relocated in 2017 to Dodge City, Kansas. Many of the members acknowledge that Kansas is a great choice for holding this rally. A rally where members and visitors can enjoy the adventurous atmosphere that Kansas has to offer. Kansas has a lot to offer in historical value along with some very good entertainment. And much of this history has been well preserved and documented. Another reason, in having this National BTW Trike Rally in Kansas is having it more in the center of the country, just makes good sense, making it more affordable and easier to attend for the majority of the BTW membership that's spread across this great county. And those attending will soon discover that Kansas has some of the best two lane roads in the country to travel, for all to enjoy the scenery and taking in the many points of interest, along the way, and doing this, all on trikes. Another huge plus is seeing the sun rise and set on the horizons of the open prairies of Kansas which is part of the richness of being in Kansas.
For more information on this event, be sure to check out the btw-trikers.org website, and "like" us on facebook.
Check the "Events" page for both contact information and a link to facebook that is set up for this event.