For 28 years, motorcycle enthusiasts have come to Daytona Beach in October for Biketoberfest® to enjoy the beautiful Florida fall weather and also miles of scenic rides. Biketoberfest® 2020 occurs this year October 15-18.
This year’s Biketoberfest® will have beautiful weather, scenic rides, but due to COVID-19, it will look a little different.
On September 9, city commissioners in Daytona Beach and Ormond Beach, two of the many cities within Volusia County where Biketoberfest® occurs, discussed whether to issue special event permits. These permits would be for outdoor concerts and also food and merchandise vendors. Ormond Beach approved their permits, but Daytona Beach did not. Their commissioners did not think it was the right time to approve special use permits.
“Safety is paramount,” said Lori Campbell Baker. Baker is the director of Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). “We know these were difficult decisions for the cities and the merchants. We know some riders will still come and we look forward to welcoming them back. For those planning farther ahead, we also hope to see them next year at Daytona Bike Week’s 80thAnniversary March 5-14 and at 2021 Biketoberfest® October 14-17.”
While the number of vendors may be less at some locations, local businesses – on Main Street, at Destination Daytona, in Midtown, and around Daytona International Speedway – will be open.
“Our hotels, restaurants, attractions, and retail shops are open. Our beautiful, expansive beach is also open. For those who decide to travel to our area, we want them to visit responsibly and safely,” said Campbell Baker.
More information on Biketoberfest® 2020 can also be found on the official event website www.Biketoberfest.org.
Signature photo credit: Biketoberfest on Facebook/@nicclub on Instagram
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