(Sept. 13, 2013) From charity motorcycle rides to the blessing of the bikes, thousands of motorcycle fans will converge in Salisbury and Ocean City this week for bike-themed fun.
• OC Bike Fest
OC Bike Fest is back in town for its third year with live music, vendors, and thrill show performances at the Inlet and at the convention center on 40th Street.
“We’re the official motorcycle rally of Ocean City,” event organizer Cliff Sutherland said. “The second year, we really grew it and the third year, the convention center will probably see over 100,000 motorcyclists.”
Both Ocean City sites offer free parking for bikes, and entry to the convention center is free. Admission to the Inlet, where national musical acts perform, is $25 for a weeklong pass or $20 for day passes. Kids 12 and under will be admitted for $15, good for the entire week.
At the Inlet:
On Friday, Blizzard of Ozzy opens the Boardwalk Stage with Ozzy Osbourne tributes from 1-2:30 p.m., followed by Jamiah on Fire and the Red Machine performing Jimi Hendrix tributes from 4-5:30 p.m. At the Ocean Stage, Foghat plays from 2:30-4 p.m. with War to follow from 5:30-7 p.m.
Saturday at noon, the second annual Blessing of the Motorcycles takes place in the parking lot of the Knight of Columbus Hall behind St. Luke’s Church, 9901 Coastal Highway in Ocean City. Last year, around 20 motorcycles were blessed at the event sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council #9053 and Pope John Paul II Assembly #2454, Bruce Coons of the Knights of Columbus said. There will be hot dogs and other food for sale and a cash bar. For more information, call 410-524-7994.
The music continues at the Boardwalk Stage with Jamiah on Fire and the Red Machine from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. At the Ocean Stage, America performs from 2:30-4 p.m. and Three Dog Night follows from 5:30-7 p.m.
Sunday, Bastard Bearded Irishmen play live music on the Boardwalk Stage from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and Kashmir delivers Led Zeppelin tributes from 2-3:30 p.m.
All weekend long, Circus Una and the Wall of Death will provide visitors with thrill spectacles. The first features two girls and their motorcycle in a high wire performance. Sutherland described the second as “a great, big barrel… (where) people stand up on a platform looking in it as they (motorcycle professionals) ride the walls of the barrel.”
Catch Circus Una Friday at 11:30 a.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.; Saturday at 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
See the Wall of Death Friday and Saturday at 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday at 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The vendor mall and food tent at the Inlet is open Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Budweiser and Jack Daniels Pub stands are open Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
New this year, ticket holders can park their bikes at the Park and Ride in West Ocean City and take a bus to the Inlet. Afterward, they can take the Ocean City bus free of charge to area businesses.
At the Roland E. Powell Convention Center:
Vendors will be concentrated at the convention center, where there will be full-service stations for motorcycle installs and repairs and more than 100 motorcycles to test ride, Sutherland said.
From T-shirts to leather and jewelry, “if you can imagine it, they’re selling it,” he said. Between Delmarva Bike Week and OC BikeFest, he estimates there will be more than 400 vendors in the area over the week.
Rommel Harley-Davidson will do repairs and installations from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the convention center. Visitors can also catch Yamaha and Victory demo rides from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
The pub at the convention center will be open Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Visit the Jack Daniel’s Experience from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
OC BikeWeek drew approximately 24,000 ticket-buying customers last year, plus an estimated 30,000 more visiting the free-admission convention center, Sutherland said following BikeWeek 2012.
He estimated that “between Delmarva (Bike Week) and Ocean City (BikeFest) there was approximately 200,000 last year” total. “We had gorgeous weather, and we should have good weather this year.”
• Delmarva Bike Week
The 13th annual Delmarva Bike Week began Wednesday and festivities continue throughout the weekend through Sunday at four locations: Seacrets on 49th Street in Ocean City, Rommel Harley-Davidson Delmarva in Seaford, Del. and Winter Place Park and the Arthur W. Perdue Stadium in Salisbury.
From live music to pin runs, the American Motor Dome thrill show, giveaways and more, the weekend is packed with activities.
“It’s all free, and there’s just this amazing amount of entertainment,” event coordinator Kerry Mendenhall said.
There will be around 140 vendor displays, concentrated in Winter Place Park but also present at all four Bike Week locations, he said.
Starting at 9 a.m. each day, riders may register at Winter Place Park, Perdue Stadium or the Harley-Davidson shop in Seaford for the annual “Cruzin the Coast” Pin Run. A $20 entry fee earns riders an official T-shirt and pin for the self-paced ride lasting the duration of Bike Week, through noon on Sunday.
The challenge takes riders to different Delmarva locations, where they collect stamps from a number of listed businesses to be entered into a 50/50 drawing. Last year’s winner took home $1,700 and riders don’t need to be present on Sunday to win, Mendenhall said said.
Today, Friday, has a full lineup of live musical acts onstage at Winter Place Park in Salisbury, with Shadrach from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Poverty Ridge from 1-2:30 p.m., Kashmir from 3-4:30 p.m. and Live at the Fillmore from 5-7 p.m. Arrive before Poverty Ridge plays to register for a chance to win a Fender guitar.
Saturday, a Ride In Bike Show will take place at Perdue Stadium from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Riders pay $20 to participate, with proceeds to benefit the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Salisbury/Wicomico Senior Senter at 909 Progress Circle. Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the stadium.
There will be trophies and prizes for more than a dozen categories in the bike show. The overall and people’s choice winners will be featured in Fast Lane Biker magazine. Visit www.dbwrideinshow.yolasite.com for information on categories and prizes and to download an entry form for the Ride In Bike Show.
The music continues just a mile away at Winter Place Park with Thunderfoot onstage from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Poverty Ridge from 1-2:30 p.m., Kashmir from 3-4:30 p.m. and Live Wire from 5-7 p.m. Arrive before Poverty Ridge takes the stage to register for a chance to win a Fender guitar.
Also on Saturday, the Red Knights Motorcycle Club, Maryland Chapter 3, will host its ninth annual Mister Whippy Ice Cream Run to Chincoteague, Va. Registration for the $10 escorted ride begins at 10:30 a.m. at Stephen Decatur High School on Route 50 in Berlin. The ride leaves at noon, taking riders on a trip through the back roads of Worcester County into Virginia, ending at Mister Whippy’s Ice Cream Parlor in Chincoteague. The first 300 riders receive pins and additional pins will be on sale in Chincoteague.
Proceeds from the Mister Whippy’s Run go to 4Steps Therapeutic Riding Academy in Powellville, a horseback-riding program for people with disabilities. Call 443-614-3425 for more information on the ride.
On Sunday, the Christian Motorcyclists Association will host a morning service from 10-11 a.m. at Winter Place Park.
Poverty Ridge takes the WinterPlace Park stage again from 12-2 p.m. Arrive before the set to register for a chance to win a Fender guitar.
At 2:30 p.m., there is a drawing for prizes from vendors, including a custom scooter from BC Cycles, a room on the 2014 High Seas Rally and a $500 light kit installation from Radiant Rides. Register for a chance to win those prizes all week by visiting the vendor’s displays. Contestants do not need to be present to win.
All weekend, watch American Motordrome deliver a thrill show every other hour, starting at 9 a.m., at Winter Place Park. The Bigger & Better Beer Garden at Winter Place Park opens at 9 a.m. every day and hosts live music.
Biker Weekers come and spend thousands of dollars on installs for their motorcycles each year, which can be done at Winter Place Park and Perdue Stadium every day from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mendenhall said.
Vendors will sell just about anything motorcycle riders and fans can dream up at all four Bike Week locations, Mendenhall said. Visit www.delmarvabikeweek.com for a list of vendors present at each venue.
A free shuttle will carry visitors from Perdue Stadium to Winter Place Park again this year.
Delmarva Bike Week events run today and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and take place rain or shine. Check www.delmarvabikeweek.com for more information or search for Delmarva Bike Week on Facebook.
• Bikes to the Beach
Bikes to the Beach kicked off Tuesday and continues through Sunday, Sept. 15 at Hooper’s Crab House in West Ocean City and Oasis Bar and Grill in Whaleyville with live music, vendors, a Poker Run and other activities.
Today, Friday, is the annual Poker Run, sponsored by American Legion Post 166. Registration is $15 for a bike and rider and $10 for a passenger and runs from 10 a.m. to noon at the Legion tent at Hooper’s. There will be cash prizes, trophies and door prizes awarded.
At 2:30 p.m., visitors can pre-register for the Biker Games at Oasis at 4 p.m. At Oasis, join the Old School Rodeo Games, and watch the Half-pint brawlers midget wrestling today and Saturday.
Friday’s lineup of live music at Hooper’s includes Front Page News, Bone Daddies and The Debbie Caldwell Band from 10 a.m. to around 9 p.m. Saturday, Thunder Roads Bike magazine hosts a competition at Hooper’s. Pre-register from 10:30 a.m. to noon. Judging takes place at 1 p.m. with prizes, including the winning bike features in Thunder Roads Bike magazine.
Music continues with Kings Random at 10:30 a.m., Lost Weekend at 2 p.m. and Shade of August at 6 p.m. at Hooper’s. There will be more live music Sunday.
All weekend, look for vendors selling wares like leather, jewelry, LED lights, T-shirts, cleaning products, parts and accessories for bikes.
“Bikes to the Beach is about supporting those who made this rally possible,” Hooper’s Manager Patrick Brady said. Visit www.bikestothebeach.com to see a list of sponsors and for more information on the Bikes to the Beach Fall Rally.
•Two Wheel Wedding
An unusual twist on Bike Week this year, a couple will tie the knot Saturday in a Two Wheel Wedding at the Inlet during OC BikeFest.
“I’m just so excited for everything all together,” said bride-to-be Brittany MacDonald, of Lower York, Pa. “I don’t even know what to expect, but I can’t wait.”
She and fiancé Cale McConnaughy of Harford County entered the Two Wheel Wedding contest, sponsored by Fast Lane Bikers Magazine Delmarva and Barefoot Bride of Ocean City, after stopping at a crab shack during a ride and seeing the advertisement in a magazine on the table.
“We were originally coming down for bike week, so when we saw it, we figured ‘why not enter,’” MacDonald said. “We were ready for it.”
Their story and mutual love for motorcycles made them the top choice out of about two dozen entries, Publisher of Fast Lane Biker Magazine Delmarva Caroline Fellman said.
“It’ll be a nice start for them. They won’t have to put out thousands and thousands of dollars for a wedding,” she said. “It’s going to be a fabulous wedding.”
All are invited to the family-friendly exchanging of vows, though the Inlet admission fee of $25 (or $20 for one-day admission, $15 for children) still applies. Guests should arrive at 4 p.m. for the wedding starting at 4:45 p.m. on the main stage at the Inlet, with a reception to follow at the 45th Street Taphouse from 9 p.m. to midnight.
“It’s something that they’ll talk to their grandchildren about, that they’ll talk to their great grandchildren about,” Fellman said.
“I feel like it (motorcycle riding) just brings us closer together,” MacDonald said. “We just have a lot of fun.”
Anyone else who wants to use the chapel at the Inlet to get married or renew their vows during Bike Week is welcome, Fellman said.