March 3, 2014
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History of Leesburg Bikefest
The 1st Annual Leesburg Bikefest took place in 1997 as a 1-day event with 4 vendors, canned beer, and a couple of local garage bands; with an estimated attendance of 5,000 motorcyclists. Since then, Bikefest has grown into a well-known event that hosts more than 300,000 attendees each year.
The Leesburg Partnership is the main event coordinator of Leesburg Bikefest, it takes year-round planning and preparation to make Bikefest possible. The sponsorship of many national, regional and local companies is paramount to Leesburg BikefestĂ˘â‚¬â„˘s success. Anheiser Busch and Gator Harley Davidson became major sponsors shortly after Bikefest started and have remained major sponsors over the years. Bikefest has always been a successful form of fund raising for many local civic groups and charities, it is not uncommon to see a church youth group or Cub Scout pack parking cars or selling flags to raise money to offset their annual organizational costs.
In order to meet the demands of Bikefest attendees, the event has grown from a 1-day event to a 3-day event and expanded to 20+ blocks in Downtown Leesburg and the Gator Harley Davidson location. Bikefest utilizes just about every square inch of outdoor space available in the downtown area, and also rents out buildings like the Opera House, Palace Theater, and the Leesburg Center for the Arts, transforming them into night clubs where the event can continue long after the outdoor venues have closed.
The streets of Downtown Leesburg are lined with hundreds of merchandise and food vendor booths, showcasing their wares and tantalizing the taste buds of the more than 250,000 event attendees. For the safety of the bikers and biker enthusiasts, the streets are closed down for motorcycles only, which helps produce a unique and successful Lake County event.
Although Bikefest started with a handful of local garage bands, Bikefest attendees have been entertained by some legendary Ă˘â‚¬Ĺ“musical greatsĂ˘â‚¬Âť such as Foghat, Leon Russell, Great White, Quiet Riot, and Confederate Railroad, just to name a few.