The first of three fun-filled summertime motorcycle swap meets for 2011 is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this coming Sunday, May 22, on the sprawling J&P Cycles world headquarters in Anamosa, Iowa.

J&P Cycles and “motorcycle swap meets” are pretty much synonymous because we have such a rich history with biker events. Our founders — John and Jill Parham — got the business off the ground 32 years ago. In fact, it was simple flyers highlighting motorcycle parts the couple had for sale at their makeshift swap meets that led to the very first J&P catalog. Today, the company is headquartered on a parcel of land the size of a good city block that’s kind of a Mecca for motorcycle riders across the country.

Even now, John Parham says he gets a kick out of the camaraderie that comes with a swap meet event. The first official J&P catalog got its start because of our swap meet adventures. And he’s proud to bring J&P Cycles back to its roots for a second annual series of swap meet events.

If you’re interested in being a vendor, 10-by-20-foot spaces are available for only $20. Contact Mary Beth Hanna at mbhanna [at] jpcycles [dot] com for details. Additional dates for this year’s event are Sunday, July 17, and Sunday, Sept. 18. Admission is free and there’s tons of free parking onsite.