Founder's Feast
Paris, Tx

October 12-16, 2010

Join Us for some FUN!

Whether it’s to do the Ride Around Texas (RAT), knock out that SS1000 you’ve always wanted to do, or to ride some pretty roads in the northeast corner of Texas and southeast corner of Oklahoma, be sure to join us in Paris, Texas for this year’s Founders Feast.

There will be lots of opportunity to flower-sniff, power-sniff, do some LD riding, eat some good BBQ, or just sit a spell and visit.

Let us Texans show you some of the charms of this part of our state. What better place to reunite with other MTF members or to make new MTF friends than at Founders Feast!

If you have questions about this event, please contact the event coordinator, Barb Smith at:
Event Coordinator:   Barb Smith
  Founders Feast Home
  Register for the Feast
  List of Participants
  Ride Around Texas Info
  Saddle Sore Ride Info
  Flower Sniffin' Info
  MTF Refund Policy
  Ride Disclaimer & Waiver

There are three seperate registrations for the three events being held in Paris, TX.
Please ensure you register for each event you plan to participate in.

     Register for the Feast   Register for the RAT   Register for the SS1000

Complete Event Schedule
See individual webpages for details of each event

Date / Time Event / Location
Monday, October 11
5:00 p.m.
RAT Pre Ride Dinner - Magel’s Grill
Tuessday, October 12
5:00 - 6:00 a.m
RAT Ride Start - All riders must be signed out by 6:00 a.m.
Wednesday, October 13 Self-guided Flower Sniffin’ rides

Dinner- riders on their own; several restaurants within walking distance

Thursday, October 14 Self-guided Flower Sniffin’ rides for early arrivals

SS1000 riders sign in

Dinner: TBD

Friday, October 15
6:00am - 6:30am
SS1000 Ride Starts - All riders must depart not later than 6:30am
Friday, October 15 Self-guided Flower Sniffin’ rides

Dinner - Group dinner, including returning RAT riders
Saturday, October 16 6:00am - 6:30 am End of Saddle Sore 1000 ride - All riders must return within 24hrs of start receipt
Saturday, October 16 Self-guided Flower Sniffin’ rides
Saturday, October 16 Late Afternoon Ride to the Eiffel Tower - group photo opportunity - POC: Claye Curtis
Saturday evening, October 16
4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Socializing time - Get caught up, swap stories of the road, and tell tales about your completed RAT ride.

Saturday evening, October 16
6:00 pm

Founders Feast

This year’s Founders Feast will be catered by Murray’s Bar-B-Que, a great local smoked BBQ maestro recommended by Don Bell. Click here to read a great write-up about Murray’s.

Dinner will include:

  • Sliced Beef and Smoked Sausage
  • Potato Salad, Beans, and Cole Slaw
  • Pickles, peppers, onion condiments
  • Bread
  • Tea and ice
  • Dessert
Saturday evening, October 16
Following Dinner (~7:00pm)

Special Awards and Announcements; door prizes


This year's Founders Feast shirt will surely become a favorite!

It will be moss green 6.1 oz high quality cotton, with ' artwork that represents Paris, Texas, the RAT ride, and Founders Feast, as shown to the right and will be offered in both long and short sleeve.

See registration page for pricing and to purchase.


In addition to requiring the use of a DOT approved helmet on all MTF rides, the MTF strongly encourages the use of Motorcycle specific protective clothing and footwear while participating in any Flower Sniffin event. ATGATT reduces the severity of injuries in an accident and we want every participant in our events to be as safe as possible. Also the MTF strongly encourages each participant in our events to self assess their riding style, interests, need for breaks and riding skill level and to keep that assessment in mind when choosing a riding partner or small group (2-4 riders) to ride with at our events. Sharing the road with someone of similar interests and riding style not only makes the ride more enjoyable for you, but safer for everyone.

Host Hotel

Best Western – Paris TX

This is a lovely Best Western, set on the east side of town, next door to several restaurants, Braum’s Ice Cream, Starbucks. Walgreens and CVS are within convenient walking distance.

Best Western
3755 NE Loop 286
Paris, TX

Phone 903-785-5566
Fax 903-783-0418

Web page:

Room rate is $65.00 plus tax for single, double, or king. Call the hotel directly to reserve a blocked room; mention “MTF” to get this rate.

50 rooms have been blocked for the nights of October 14, 15, and 16.

Block of rooms will be released September 30.

The Motorcycle Tourer's Forum reserves the right to accept or reject a rider's request to participate in this event & ride.

About Paris, Texas:

Located in the Heart of Red River Valley, Paris was founded in 1839 and became the Lamar County seat in 1844. Paris became incorporated in 1845 and has grown to play a major role in Texas economy within Northeast Texas.

Paris received recognition in 1998 for being named "Best Small Town in Texas" by Kevin Heubusch in his book "The New Rating Guide to Life in America's Small Cities."

Paris is home to numerous beautiful parks to include Bywaters Park, Wade Park, Record Park and Lake Gibbons. Rich in culture and recreation, Paris is also home to several stately late 19th century to mid-20th century homes. Among these is the Rufus Fenner Scott Mansion designed by German architect J.L. Wees and constructed in 1910. The Scott Mansion narrowly survived the fire of 1916. After the fire, Mr. Scott brought Mr. Wees back to Paris to redesign the historic downtown area. The two-story Sam Bell Maxey House State Historic Site in Paris is built in the High Victorian Italianate style in 1868. It was the family residence of Sam Bell Maxey, a Mexican War veteran, Confederate general and two-term U.S. senator.

The Eiffel Tower: This Eiffel Tower, standing 65 feet tall, represents a remarkable community effort. It was constructed by the Boiler Makers Local #902 utilizing materials, plant space, and employee time donated by the Babcock & Wilcox Company. It was "Texanized" with a cowboy hat in 1998. NOTE: There will be an escorted ride led by Claye Curtis over to the Eiffel Tower on Saturday late afternoon for a group photo opportunity.

It is a splendid photo opportunity with your motorcycle, best taken late afternoon for best sunlight effect. Directions: Depart hotel and make a U-turn under loop 286 and head south on the loop (stay right at the 271 split) and continue south 1.2 miles to a right turn onto FM 1507 (Jefferson Road). Go 1.1 miles to Civic Center and Eiffel Tower on right.

Evergreen Cemetery: The Evergreen Cemetery has been operating since September 26, 1866, and is noted not only for its many carved headstones and monuments, but for its size (approximately 18,000 people interred). Of special note is the renowned Babcock monument, a twelve foot statue of "Jesus" with cowboy boots.

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