A recent item in the daily Sandusky Diary in the Register prompted us to take a look back and a look forward in the wake of a very successful Ohio Bike Week that just concluded.
"Last year over 5,000 came to town for the event and 2,000 of them brought their own bikes," states the diary item from June 11, 2004. "But organizers were expecting twice as many this year."
There were considerably more than 5,000 who came here — with their wallets — during the 10-day Ohio Bike Week that finished up June 7. The crowds this year were perhaps as many 20 times or more than that crowd prediction from 10 years ago.
Bike Week has gone from a successful "Rolling Thunder" event with a decent turnout to a mega-successful event attracting huge crowds for days. It's had an amazing climb as a top annual attraction, and sets the pace each year for attracting huge crowds to downtown Sandusky.
And a good time was had by all.
Our hats off to Bike Week promoter Steve Ernst and his team at Advantage Entertainment. They've had to overcome some tough situations and huge hurdles over the years to make it happen.
This year, their efforts produced the best Ohio Bike Week ever.