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Hagerstown Bike Week kicks off

July 14, 2011|By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com
  • Dennis Maniatis, left, and Doug Perez work on installing an under chassis lighting kit Thursday during Hagerstown Bike Week at Hager Hall Conference & Event Center.
By Chris Tilley/Staff Photographer

The inaugural Hagerstown Bike Week kicked off Thursday morning as dozens of vendors began setting up booths at the Hager Hall Conference & Event Center off Dual Highway.

John Walter, owner of Just-Stitchin-Leather, a Maryland-based company that sells helmets, leather jackets and other motorcycle apparel, said he rented a booth at Hagerstown Bike Week because he heard the four-day event might draw a lot of people.

"They're telling me they're expecting about 8,000," Walter said. "It should be a very good event."

Augie Saccoccio, owner of Augie's Arts and Customs in Oxford, N.C., said he traveled to Hagerstown to offer custom paint jobs that range in price from $200 to $1,500.

"I like the shows. You get to meet a lot of decent people," Saccoccio said.

He said he airbrushes motorcycles in a trailer or behind a tarp to prevent wind from blowing the paint. Jobs take anywhere from one to eight hours to finish.

Saccoccio said he heard about Bike Week from a friend. Organizers of the event are vendor-friendly because they don't charge a fee for a 10-foot-by-10-foot space, he said.  

Hagerstown Bike Week, which will through Sunday, isn't limited to Hager Hall.

Today, riders are invited to attend a pig roast at M&S Harley-Davidson in Chambersburg, and the city of Hagerstown will welcome bikers by closing off Potomac Street downtown from 4:30 to 10 p.m.

Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith said extra officers will be on duty to ensure everything runs smoothly.

"Hopefully, we'll have a nice event that will help the downtown businesses," he said.

Motorists should expect delays while traveling downtown during rush hour Friday afternoon, Smith said.

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Bike Week schedule

The following is a schedule of events planned for this weekend’s Hagerstown Bike Week:
Friday

  • 10 a.m., Hager Hall opens.
  • 11 a.m., Barefoot Bernies Bar & Grille opens.
  • 2 p.m., Cancun Cantina opens.
  • 3 to 6:30 p.m., live Entertainment at the Bud Light Outdoor Beer Garden at Hager Hall.
  • 5 to 9 p.m., M&S Harley-Davidson, Chambersburg, Pa., cruise-in, live music, Gary's Pig Roast.
  • 4:30 to 10 p.m., Hagerstown Center City Bike Night.
  • 7 p.m., Hager Hall closed.

Saturday

  • 10 a.m., Western Maryland Mountain Ride, leaving from Hager Hall lot at the M&S trailer.
  • 10 a.m., Hager Hall opens.
  • 11 a.m., Barefoot Bernies Bar & Grille opens.
  • 11 a.m., St. Jude Ride out of Frederick Harley-Davidson, 1 to 3 p.m., live music.
  •  2 to 5 p.m., live music at the Bud Light Outdoor Beer Garden at Hager Hall.
  •  3 to 10 p.m., fourth annual Williamsport Bike Night. Live music, food, games, bike show and special guests. Poker run in the afternoon (details pending). All proceeds from the poker run will benefit Blue Knights. Proceeds from Bike Night benefit local charities.
  • 3 p.m., Cancun Cantina opens.
  • 8 p.m., Cancun Cantina, Daisy Duke and Tattoo contests on the deck
  • 7 p.m., Hager Hall closed.
  • 10 p.m. to close, Australias Sister Trio, The McClymonts on stage at Cancun Cantina.
  •  Williamsport Bike Night.

Sunday

  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hager Hall, vendors.
  • 11 a.m., Barefoot Bernies Bar & Grille opens.
  • 12 p.m., Outdoor Bike Show registration.

For more information, visit www.hagerstownbikeweek.com.

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