Williamsport Bike Nite expands to two nights
WILLIAMSPORT — The Town of Williamsport is revving up for a good time this weekend when it hosts its annual Williamsport Bike Nite.
Mayor Bill Green said this year the show has expanded for two days, and said, "It's exciting, there's a lot going on."
The town has partnered with the Improved Order of Red Men Conococheague Tribe 84 in Williamsport, to host a concert. The Great Train Robbery will take the stage from 3 to 10 p.m. Friday, July 20, at the Red Men. Cover is $10.
But the main stage event is from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 21, in Williamsport Town Center. Entertainment begins at 3:30 p.m. with The Maryland Institute of Music, followed at 5 p.m. with JoyRide. The Ugly Tattoo Contest will be at 7 p.m. Then the headliner for the event is Tantric, an American rock band from Kentucky, who will take the stage at 8:15 p.m.
The event is sponsored by Antietam Broadband and the Town of Williamsport.
For those who might be a little hesitant to attend an event geared to bikers, Donnie Stotelmyer, Wiliamsport town manager, puts those ideas to ease.
"Our event is a family event," he said. "I think the families enjoy coming out and looking at all the different bikes that show up as well the entertainment."
Monies raised from the event benefit the Williamsport Food Bank.
And, Green said, the event is really supported by the community, with some townspeople coming out to volunteer each of the 11 years Bike Nite has been going on.
The Saturday event is a long day for the mayor.
"I wake up at 5 a.m. and my day ends at 3 a.m.," he said. "Two years ago, they put a step counter on me and I did about 33 miles a day I walk during that."
Both Green and Stotelmyer said the event is far-reaching.
"They come from all over," Stotelmyer said. "We've had people from Florida, Ohio, New York, West Virginia, Pennsylvania. They travel from all over. We've even had people travel down even Canada. It's nice. It's bringing people to Washington County and seeing our little canal town."
And Green said there's a lot to see and do even before Bike Nite begins.
"There's so much going on and to see. We have the canal down there. They're reconstructing the aqueduct," he said. "You can go down there and see how they construct bridges, just like 81. It's a busy town."
Stotelmyer said Bike Nite "gives us a chance to showcase Williamsport. It gives the mayor and council to showcase our town."
Green said Williamsport businesses will be open, as Bike Nite was started as a way to "showcase our downtown businesses."
It's also become a sort of reunion.
"You've seen friends you from school," said Green, a Williamsport High School graduate. "I see friends I went to school with that they only show up at Bike Nite because they ride, and that's our catch up."
Stotelmyer said he even met a friend who drove up from Myrtle Beach, S.C., just to attend Bike Nite.
"It's a nice family event," he said.
As if they're bikers, Green said he used to ride, but not anymore.
And Stotelmyer owns a Harley, but hasn't ridden in awhile.
"But I've told the Mayor, he might be surprised if Donnie shows up on his Harley," he said with a laugh.
Top photo: Hundreds of motorcycles lined up in downtown Williamsport last year for the annual Bike Nite event. (Herald-Mail file photo)