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Hagerstown's Bike Week kickoff revs up revelers

Several local establishments are hosting live music and parties

July 05, 2012|By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com
  • Riders arrive Thursday night at Cancun Cantina for the kickoff of Bike Week in Hagerstown.
By Kevin G. Gilbert, Staff Photographer

Hagerstown has just about everything a biker could want this weekend.

The second annual Hagerstown Bike Week, which runs through Sunday, kicked off Thursday as hundreds of chromed-out motorcycles began filling parking lots at numerous bars and restaurants around town.

Jennifer Miller, co-owner of Hager Hall, Cancun Cantina and Barefoot Bernies, said this year’s installment has gotten much bigger after a successful inaugural showing last year that featured between 4,000 and 5,000 motorcycles.

“It’s an amazing event,” Miller said. “We started it last year, and this year, we’ve noticed it’s really just took off. We’ve got a lot of entertainment, and a lot of bars and restaurants are participating this year.”

Miller said she expected a large crowd to clamor into Cancun Cantina to see legendary country music artist David Allan Coe Thursday night.

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Several other local establishments, like Always Ron’s and Garfield’s at the Valley Mall, were also hosting live music, she said.

“It’s just a great event,” Miller said. “There’s a lot of friends that come into town.”

Outside Hager Hall, more than a dozen vendors had set up shop for the weekend, offering everything from clothing to on-site bike work.

Back for the second year, Doug Perez, owner of LED Cycles in Rockville, Md., had all of his lifts full with customers’ bikes with two more waiting to receive some snazzy LED lights.

“Today’s been a great start to the Hagerstown Bike Week,” he said. “We’re just amazed at how this event continues to grow.”

Another vendor, Laurie Hill of Finksburg, Md., who runs Strip Club Choppers and Bad Bunny Apparel, said the four-day event is a great way for bikers to come together and have some fun.

But “the craziness after dark” is what she is most looking forward to, she said.

“Everybody kicks back and lets off some steam, and everybody’s out to have a good time,” Hill said. “If you can think it, it will probably happen one way or another.”

A few miles away at Always Ron’s on North Burhans Boulevard, a parking lot party was in full sway as people packed into the restaurant’s large outdoor tent for a crab and corn feed, cheap drink specials and music.

“It brings an element to Hagerstown that we haven’t had for a while,” Always Ron’s owner Michael Guessford said. “It’s growing each year. Bikers come in and fill up the hotels. They need places to eat, drink, have some entertainment. It really helps the economy.”

Hagerstown Bike Week runs through July 8. More information can be found at www.hagerstownmdbikeweek.com.

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