(Sept. 12, 2014) OC BikeFest, Delmarva Bike Week and Bikes to the Beach Fall Rally are in full swing, bringing dozens of vendors, stunt acts, live music and more to tens of thousands of bikers in Ocean City and the surrounding area.
From poker runs to the blessing of the bikes, here’s a lot of events taking place this weekend through Sunday, Sept. 14:
BikeFest kicked off its fourth year in the resort Thursday with live music, thrill shows and names such as Rommel Harley-Davidson, MonsterBrites LEDS, Cycle Solutions and more than 50 other vendors onsite at two locations, the inlet downtown and the 40th Street convention center.
At the downtown center, the Ives brothers launch their high-speed performances on the 15-foot vertical “Wall of Death” every other hour starting at 11 a.m. daily, today through Sunday. ILLConduct is also performing stunt shows pushing motorcycle tricks to new limits every day throughout the weekend.
Customization in America is hosting a three-day-long bike show featuring award-winning, custom bikes in a five-class motorcycle matchup that started Thursday and continues through Saturday. Visitors can meet the artists and get their autographs or enter their own bikes in the show.
Visit www.custombikeshows.com-/ocbikefest for more information or to enter the contest.
The inlet will also feature a NASCAR simulator that gives riders the experiencing of racing in a full-size car through an interactive game. Visit www.finish-linepromotions.com to learn more about the ride.
The downtown stage has a lineup of live music including national country acts Jamey Johnson and Travis Tritt, the classic rock sounds of The Marshall Tucker Band and rockers Jackyl with Jesse James Dupree. Other acts include the Rowdy Johnson Band, Big Engine and Kashmir, the Davisson Brothers Band and Jamiah on Fire and the Red Machine.
The inlet is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Saturday, Sept. 12-13, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14.
At the 40th Street convention center, BikeFest features a huge selection of national vendors, motorcycle manufacturers, food and drink stands and event sponsor Rommel Harley-Davidson Delmarva onsite with a lineup of motorcycles for sale.
The center will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today and Saturday, Sept. 12-13, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14.
Both Ocean City sites have free parking for motorcycles and entry to the convention center is free. Admission at the inlet costs $35 for a weekend pass or $25 for a day pass. Admission for children 12 and under costs $15 and is good for the entire festival. Concerts are included.
Event passes include discounts at some local bars and free use of the Ocean City bus system.
Last year, BikeFest drew more than 150,000 to town, said event Marketing Manager Chase Michael, who expected similar crowds this year.
BikeFest events are suitable for families, he said.
Visit www.ocbikefest.com to purchase tickets and for a full schedule of concerts and events.
Delmarva Bike Week:
The 14th annual Delmarva Bike Week kicked off Thursday in four main locations: Salisbury’s Arthur W. Perdue Stadium and Winter Place Park; Seacrets on 49th Street, in Ocean City; and Rommel Harley-Davidson Delmarva in Seaford, Del.
Bike Week features demo rides, stunt shows, food and beverages for sale, regional music acts, giveaways and exhibitors selling motorcycle gear, clothing, parts and accessories today through Sunday.
Bikers can find almost 50 vendors at Perdue Stadium while Winter Place Park is the center for live music in the beer garden, thrill shows and more than 75 vendors. Catch American Motordrome perform every other hour starting at 9 a.m. all weekend long, or visit the Bigger & Better Beer Garden at the park, open at 9 a.m. daily.
Today, Sept. 12, Clean Getaway will take the Winter Place stage from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Crossroads will play from 1-2:30 p.m., Poverty Ridge will play from 3-4:30 p.m. and Kashmir closes out the evening from 5-7 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 13, enjoy music from Crossroads from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Kashmir from 1-2:30 p.m., Poverty Ridge from 3-4:30 p.m. and Heart tribute band Kick It Out from 5-7 p.m. Those who sign up before Poverty Ridge’s set and stay for the show will have a chance to win a Fender guitar.
Bike Week closes out Sunday, Sept. 14, with a Christian motorcycle service from 10-11 a.m. followed by live music by Clean Getaway from 12-2 p.m. At 2:30 p.m., officials will draw the winners for prizes donated by vendors, including a room on the 2014 Western Caribbean Cruise, a custom scooter and a $500 lighting kit installation package. Guests can enter to win all week at both Salisbury locations.
A free shuttle will travel between the two Salisbury venues.
In Seaford, Bike Week events continue to grow each year at Rommel Harley-Davidson Delmarva, which will offer vendors, food and live music throughout the weekend.
The lineup of bands includes Left Hand Luck today from 12-3 p.m. and Gideon Grove from 12-3 p.m. and Blue Cat Blues from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13.
Exhibitors such as Letterfly Pin Striping, Icicles Eyewear and Rumbling Pride LED will be onsite alongside ASAP Screen-printing, which will sell official Bike Week T-shirts.
Seacrets in Ocean City will host more than a dozen vendors selling custom leather, eyewear, official event merchandise and more over the weekend.
Last year, Delmarva Bike Week attracted more than 120,000 bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts to the area, Organizer Kathy Micheal said.
Visitors traveled from Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and as far as Wisconsin for the 13th annual event.
“It was started by the local Harley Dealer 14 years ago,” event Marketing Manager Chase Michael said, “and has basically grown from a tiny, little event to the size of what it is today.”
Delmarva Bike Week activities are suitable families, he said.
Visit www.delmarvabikeweek.com for a list of vendors at each venue, directions to each location and more information.
Bikes to the Beach Fall Rally:
Bikes to the Beach Fall Rally kicked off Wednesday and continues all weekend with live music, vendors, contests and more at Hooper’s Crab House in West Ocean City, Oasis Bar ‘n Grill in Whaleyville, and other venues around the resort.
At Hooper’s, at the base of the Route 50 bridge, names like Boss Hoss Cycles, Insane Leather, Cycos and Fast Lights LED will be onsite selling wares from leather and jewelry to LED lights, T-shirts, cleaning products and parts and accessories for bikes.
Today, local American Legion Post 166 will host its annual poker run, starting from Hooper’s at noon and ending at Hooter’s in West Ocean City. Bikers can register for $20 per bike, plus $10 for an additional passenger, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Legion tent onsite.
Saturday, motorcycle magazine Thunder Roads will host an open show at Hooper’s with judging starting at 3:30 p.m. Bikers can register until 3 p.m. to participate in the contest.
Actress, model, performer and “Miss Bikes to the Beach” Michele Smith will be on hand to sign autographs and pose for photos at Hooper’s all weekend.
At Oasis, about halfway between Ocean City and Salisbury, in Whaleyville, entertainment includes a hotdog-eating contest, frozen T-shirt contest, tire toss and a midget paintball manhunt, where participants win prizes for nailing a moving target, today and Saturday. The “World’s Smallest Entertainer” Sassy Cassy will be on hand to sign autographs and pose for photos.
Oasis will serve its Big Biker Breakfast daily from 8-11 a.m. with two-for-the-price-of-one mimosas and Bloody Marys, eggs, bacon, home fries, scrapple, ham and endless coffee.
Events at Oasis wrap up Sunday, Sept. 14, with a Biker Blowout and music by the Rob Snyder Band all day. Guests must be 21 years or older to participate in Oasis events.
In addition to the main venues, De Lazy Lizard on First Street will host a Patriot Bash Saturday with a military style bikini contest and auction for a guitar autographed by the Marshall Tucker Band. Fish Tales on 22nd Street will feature vendors, live music and offer drink specials daily during the rally.
Other locations that will have food and drink specials and live entertainment during the rally include Pickles Pub, on Eighth Street; Frog Bar, on Eighth Street and the Boardwalk; Hammerheads On the Beach, on 10th Street and the Boardwalk; Pit & Pub, on 28th Street; Dead Freddies, on 64th Street; JC’s Northside Pub, on 127th Street; Duffy’s Tavern, on 129th Street; Harborside Bar and Grill, in West Ocean City; and Station 7, in West Ocean City.
Bikes to the Beach Fall Rally began about a decade ago, stemming from the spring event under the same name, said Hooper’s General Manager Ryan Intrieri.
“We were just local businesses who’d started Bikes to the Beach (Spring Rally) to bring people to town during a quiet weekend,” he said. “We keep the same name during the fall rally.”
He estimated that OC BikeFest and Bikes to the Beach combined to draw between 150,000 and 175,000 visitors to Ocean City last year.
According to demoflush statistics, which use wastewater flows to estimate the city’s population, there were 194,076 people in Ocean City during the 2013 weekend.
“Bikes to the Beach is about supporting those who made this rally possible,” Hooper’s Manager Patrick Brady said.
Visit www.oceancitybikestothebeach.com for more information.
Two Wheel Wedding:
With thousands of bikers as their witnesses, winners of the “Two Wheel Wedding” contest Vicie Dougherty and Jeff Stilwell of Smyrna, Del., will tie the knot tomorrow at 3 p.m. on the inlet stage during OC BikeFest.
Dougherty and Stilwell won among a pool of couples who submitted their photos and story to the contest sponsored by Fast Lane Biker Magazine and Barefoot Bride.
In addition to the wedding, the 45th Street Taphouse will provide their reception starting at 8 p.m. tonight with live music from local band Poverty Ridge.
The public is welcome to attend the wedding.
Blessing of the Bikes:
Saturday at noon, the third annual Blessing of the Motorcycles takes place in the parking lot of the Knight of Columbus Hall behind St. Luke’s Church on 99th Street in Ocean City. Last year, around 100 motorcycles were blessed at the event sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council #9053 and Pope John Paul II Assembly #2454. Call St. Luke’s at 410-250-0300 for more information.