We are dedicating this, the 15th Bean Blossom BikerFest, to our Founder and Mentor, Michael “Balls” Farabaugh, who left us in March.
Michael “Balls” Farabaugh, along with his wife Debby, was the founder of Bean Blossom BikerFest. He had a vision of bringing the motorcycle party “back to Bean Blossom.” So…the Bean Blossom BikerFest was born 15 years ago in 2002.
Over the years, Balls has been a driving force in the motorcycle rights arena. He began in the early seventies when government was attempting to regulate the ever-popular choppers with their ape hanger handle bars, stretched forks and loud pipes. If you have ever heard Balls tell the story about Freedom Fighters gathering on the lawn of the Statehouse burning their helmets, you will never forget it! His fight for motorcycle rights continued throughout the years. He was involved in organizing ABATE of Indiana and was the Executive Director from 1978 to 1990. He founded the national “Meeting of the Minds” from which emerged a National Steering Committee and the Motorcycle Riders Foundation.