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Ohio Bike Week featured on TV tonight

Andy Ouriel • Feb 26, 2014 at 1:40 PM

A record 160,000 people attended Ohio Bike Week festivities a year ago.

Tonight, millions more can tune in to see firsthand the popularity of the Sandusky-based motorcycle festival.

A three-part documentary series on motorcycle festivals premiering tonight includes an hourlong focus on Ohio Bike Week, which plays out in Sandusky every summer.

Want to watch?

WHAT: Ohio Bike Week featured on three-part TV documentary series “Road to Sturgis”

WHEN: 8-9 p.m. tonight

WHERE: Cable channel Destination America, channel 286 on Direct TV; channel 156 on Time Warner Cable in Port Clinton; channel 204 on Buckeye Cable

INFO: destinationamerica.com/tv-shows/road-tosturgis

The other episodes feature motorcycle rallies in Laconia in New Hampshire and Sturgis in South Dakota.    This past summer, camera crews followed local authorities around mostly during Ohio Bike Week’s block party portion, when the festival overtakes downtown Sandusky for several days.

“It’s going to be like an episode of ‘Cops’” Ohio Bike Week’s primary organizer Steve Ernst said. “People should tune in because our hometown area is going national. We are really excited that our rally will be recognized nationally. It’s one of the most exciting things”

Police personnel are looking forward to tonight’s airing. Their interactions with people who attended the event “will be a good reflection for our community, which has been our focus for the past year,” Sandusky police Chief John Orzech said.

The official episode description: “Sandusky, Ohio, is transformed by hundreds of thousands of rowdy bikers into party central, and local cops have their hands full with drunk and disorderly bikers, vicious assaults and serious accidents amidst a celebration of bikinis and biker-stunt shows”

Ohio Bike Week returns once again this year. The 2014 edition runs from May 29 through June 7.

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