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Bike Week has record crowd

Jessica Cuffman • Jun 9, 2013 at 7:50 AM

After a damp start, clear weather brought attendance at Ohio Bike Week up to 160,000 in early estimates, making its success comparable to last year.

Unofficially, more than 2,000 bikers rode from Roeder Racing in Monroeville to the downtown Sandusky block party Saturday afternoon, Bike Week organizer Steve Ernst said.

“Despite the weather, we had record crowds downtown,” he said. “Our band lineup was incredibly strong.”

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Attendance numbers met figures in years past despite the cancellation of the All Harley drag races in Norwalk.

And changes are coming for next year that could boost attendance even higher, Ernst said.

Staff are already working on changes for the layout of the event and the date could change too, though there is no official announcement yet, he said.

Ohio Bike Week already makes the map nationally, but its publicity is sure to grow after a film crew from Discovery Communications puts out footage they’ve recorded through the week with police officers and bike week staff.

The crew is making a documentary after filming in Sandusky, at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, and Laconia Motorcycle Week in New Hampshire, Ernst said.

Sturgis, Laconia and Daytona host the largest motorcycle events nationally, he said.

“We’re definitely on the map. It’s a neat thing,” he said.

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