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Pat Smage performs motorcycle tricks around four volunteers who laid on the ground Wednesday afternoon at Salute to America.

Pat Smage performs motorcycle tricks around four volunteers who laid on the ground Wednesday afternoon at Salute to America. Photo by Stephen Brooks.

An expansion to Jefferson City's Salute to America festivities, Monroe Street was full of hot wheels Wednesday.

At the intersection with East High Street, the heated asphalt didn’t keep motorcycle trickster Patrick Smage from jumping over a volunteer laying on the roadway.

Just north in front of the Cole County Courthouse, the CoMo Derby Dames were smoking up a chalked-out track.

Behind them in the parking lot off Commercial Way, the racers from the RC Race Barn were burning up jumps and curves designed by Kevin Burks.

And every so often a shiny, green trolley would cross Monroe Street transporting passengers for a nickel-a-ride from one end of the festival to the other.

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