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Bike week events attract thousands to OC, area towns

Motorcycle enthusiasts go from Seacrets to Hooper’s
By Kara Hallissey | Sep 21, 2017

(Sept. 22, 2017) Ocean City saw an increase in shoulder season crowds during bike week events last weekend.

“We had a very busy BikeFest weekend, with thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, participating in the event,” Communications Manager for the Town of Ocean City Jessica Waters said. “The event is very spread out, with multiple locations, including the inlet parking lot, but the excitement of the event could be felt townwide.”

BikeFest featured daily bike, thrill and artisan shows as well as hundreds of vendors selling everything from motorcycle gear to LED lights, but the highlight was the national bands taking the inlet stage each night.

“Overall, attendance was right where we want it to be and Saturday was one of the strongest days on record,” organizer Chase Micheal said. “We had a few cancellations because of the early forecast, but it seemed a lot of people took day trips [to Ocean City.] Our Saturday concert lineup was sold out by Friday morning. We had a good crowd in town.”

At Seacrets on 49th Street, assistant general manager Justin Grimes said crowds were “on par from last year” with Friday and Saturday being the busiest days.

“Saturday was a good day and it was beautiful,” Grimes said. “Bikers are always looking to have a good time [when they come to Ocean City.]”

Waters, Grimes and Micheal all mentioned how this event brings a good crowd of people who spend money in the resort and cause minimal problems.

“There is an energy that BikeFest brings that is unlike a lot of other events because they come to Ocean City for a good time, but do so without littering on our streets and without disrespecting our law enforcement officers,” Waters said. “The weather is always a large factor.

With sunny skies and perfect fall temperatures, I couldn’t think of a better place to be than Ocean City for a motorcycle enthusiast.”

Across the Route 50 Bridge, the Bikes to the Beach Fall Rally at Hooper’s Crab House in West Ocean City had a “fantastic turnout,” the restaurant’s manager Patrick Brady said.

“The weather was perfect and it seemed like everyone had a good time,” he said. “We were crowded all week and it carried into Saturday and Sunday. All around it was a great weekend.”

Mayor Rick Meehan attended BikeFest on Saturday night to introduce high school senior Kelsey Warren who was slated to sing the National Anthem. She suffers from Lyme Disease and was given permission from her doctors to leave Atlantic General Hospital to perform.

“What was incredible and gives me goosebumps were the cheers from the crowd when Kelsey was introduced,” Meehan said to Waters. “Kelsey sang like an angel and you could see the tears in the eyes of the audience. They then auctioned off a signed guitar and raised $7,000 for Kelsey on the spot. This is the spirit of BikeFest at its finest.”

Bike week events are slated to take place Sept. 13-16, 2018, Micheal said.

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