One inside vendor, Suzette Steele of the Baltimore-based Aid Our Veterans, said the charity participated in last year’s bike week as an outside vendor. She said she was grateful to be inside this time around because of the recent heat wave that enveloped the area.
“And I think the people are happy that there’s actually inside vendors because a lot of bike weeks don’t have (that),” Steele said. “The people that do the Hagerstown Bike Week do a phenomenal job.”
Bobby Welch, also from Everett, said he rode out with his girlfriend, Chris Shall, on Thursday. It was the couple’s first time at bike week, he said.
“I don’t think they could’ve done better,” Welch said, noting that it would be nice to see a few more large vendors at next year’s event. “Overall, we had a good time.”
A short rain shower Sunday left the bikes parked outside Cancun a little damp and the air extremely steamy.
Many bikers made their way inside the bar to enjoy their final day in the air conditioning, while others enjoyed a cold beverage taking a final look around at the various vendors that braved the conditions outside all weekend.
The influx of bikers was a blessing to area businesses, as well. Many hotels around Hagerstown were booked up with bikers and it was hard to find a restaurant without at least a few bikes parked there over the past few days.
Twigg Cycles and M&SHarley-Davidsonin Chambersburg, Pa., had events Saturday, and the Hagerstown Speedway hosted its AMA Hub City Classic race featuring high-powered Grand National motorcycles. City Center Bike Night on Friday also brought several hundred bikers to downtown Hagerstown.
Hager Hall co-owner Jennifer Miller was tied up running the bikini contest and unavailable for comment Sunday afternoon, but Always Ron’s owner Michael Guessford said business was booming as the restaurant filled up daily with bikers from all around the area.
Some even traveled from as far away as North Carolina, he said.
“The biking community really came out and supported us,” Guessford said. “The city of Hagerstown helped us out with the street closings. We had no problems.”
Guessford said vendors have already asked to come back next year, and he couldn’t say enough about the bands and people who patronized the restaurant during the event.
Always Ron’s also hosted a charity Civil War ride that took off at about 11:30 a.m. Sunday and took riders to Harpers Ferry, W.Va., and Shepherdstown, W.Va., before making a pit stop at Captain Bender’s Tavern in Sharpsburg and coming back to Hagerstown, Guessford said.
“It was just fantastic. ... This community just supported this weekend and it’s just been a blessing,” Guessford said. “I can’t ask for anything better ... than to come off with this kind of result. It’s been great.”