OC BikeFest and Delmarva Bike Week will be postponed to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The events will be moved from September 16 – 20, 2020 to September 15 -19, 2021.
In a press release, organizers of the events wrote, “Due to Covid-19, and extensive discussions with the Town of Ocean City and Worcester County Health Department, we have decided to postpone all activities to 2021. As an event, OC BikeFest and Delmarva Bike Week draw attendees, sponsors and vendors fromdozens of states. It is our intent each year to produce the safest event possible while respecting the community that continues to warmly welcome our events each September.”
This decision was not an easy one. OC BikeFest and Delmarva Bike week are blockbuster events for Ocean City and provide an extension of the tourist season into the fall.
Despite the financial losses they will suffer, organizers are putting safety first. “For all of us with OC BikeFest and Delmarva Bike Week, the decision to postpone all events for 2020 has been incredibly difficult. We have worked for decades to grow our events and build a relationship of trust with the Town of Ocean City, Worcester County, Wicomico County, Arthur W. Perdue Stadium, sponsors, vendors, advertising partners, staff, the entertainers and, of course, our attendees. This year, the uncertainty is too great to risk that trust and safely produce the quality events each of you have come to expect. As mentioned, this decision has been very difficult, but when it comes to the safety of all those involved, we know it is the right decision.”
Ticket information and the music lineup for 2021 will be released on August 5.
Reaction from Mayor Meehan
Following the announcement, Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan posted a statement on his Facebook page. “While I know this was not an easy decision to make, I understand and commend the actions taken by OC BikeFest and Delmarva Bike Week® to protect their participants, vendors, entertainers and the public. While we will miss the event this year, we look forward to them returning safety next year to celebrate the 10th and 20th anniversary of their event,” said Meehan