Breast Fest July 20-22 to raise funds for breast cancer research

By Shauna Ubersox
Staff Writer

At first, the terms “Breast Fest” and “Iron Skulls” do not sound terribly inviting or philanthropical. The men and women of Iron Skulls, however, are fully philanthropic, and they showcase their annual Breast Fest to raise money for breast cancer research.

Iron Skulls, a local Illinois motorcycle club, is hosting this year’s Breast Fest at the Winnebago County Fairgrounds, 500 W. First St., Pecatonica, Ill., July 20-22.

Admission is $25 per person, and proceeds benefit Save the Ta-tas Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that uses their funding to support breast cancer research and technology.

Founded in 2007 in Pecatonica, the Iron Skulls Motorcycle Association consists of men and women, independent and not affiliated with any other organizations. What brand of motorcycle you ride is not important — what matters is that you love and have a passion for riding motorcycles.

Iron Skulls is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to serving the community and all its residents. They do this by performing charitable services, giving donations and becoming involved in the community’s welfare.

Breast Fest came to life in 2009 and is now held annually over the third weekend of July. The Save the Ta-tas Foundation receives the benefits of the fest, using the proceeds to fund their independent scientific research of breast cancer. The festival features comedy, live concerts, competitions, vendors, merchandise, live MMA fights, a ride-in bike show and motocross races.

Traveling all 50 states and performing to thousands of people, Bag Lady Sue, otherwise known as Suzanne Austin, a famous biker comedian, has cracked jokes at rock concerts, comedy clubs, motorcycle rallies, and night clubs across the country. Throughout her act, she transforms the Bag Lady into a variety of different things — and since this festival is 21-and-older only, no one knows what the transformation may be!

Biker band Jackyl, featured on TRU TV’s series Full Throttle Saloon, has toured worldwide and is now stateside to perform at Breast Fest. Jackyl, signed to Sony Music imprint Epic Records, has been performing for almost 20 years. Other performing acts include Penny Mae Dixon, AS ONE, LOC and more.

Since you must be 21 years of age or older to attend, you might as well have a couple drinks with your entertainment — Whiskey’s Roadhouse and 2 Wheel Inn Bar will have their beers for sale in Moss Hall. Festgoers are invited to bring their own beverages, as long as they are not in glass containers or bottles.

Following along the lines of 21-and-older, Skindustry will be featuring pole fitness performers, dancers and athletes from all parts of the U.S. On location at the fest for the weekend, Skindustry will be conducting their own independent amateur-only talent search.

Breast Fest boasts a range of sponsors, including: Sacred Art Tattoo; Whiskey’s Roadhouse; Mike’s Roadhouse (Beloit, Wis.); Cappy’s Bar and Grill (Winnebago); Real McCoy’s Bar (Davis); 2 Wheel Inn Bar; Chuggers Sports Bar; Loose Screw Bar (German Valley); Vegas Gentleman’s Club (Darien, Wis.); Showpalace (Darien, Wis.); Diamond Jim’s/Isabella Queen; Skindustry; Kegel Harley Davidson; WXRX 104.9; Bud Light; ATS Ambulance Service; Monster Energy Drink; Stateline MX; XFO Cage Fighting;; and the Iron Skulls give special thanks to the Fire and Iron Motorcycle Club.

Breast Fest 2012 is coming up just this weekend, so getting in gear to take on the festival is a good idea. Know your proceeds not only provide you and your friends with entertainment, but also help Iron Skulls to donate even more money to the Save the Ta-tas Foundation to benefit breast cancer research.

For more about Breast Fest, visit Iron Skulls’ website at

From the July 18-24, 2012, issue

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