LAS VEGAS CITY officials expect more than 30,000 motorcycle enthusiasts to roll into the city the first week of October to attend the 9th annual Las Vegas BikeFest.
The four-day motorcycle rally will feature custom bike builders, more than 250 vendors selling parts, accessories and apparel, and “one of a kind” motorcycle exhibitions, according to Harry Schwartz, president of Full Throttle Events, a BikeFest partnering company.
BikeFest will be “an action-packed weekend that keeps guests entertained with a variety of activities, including a daily concert series and biker buildoffs,” Schwartz said. “We are excited to bring together some of the top names within the custom bike industry, and can guarantee that people will be impressed with what they see at this year’s show.”
BikeFest will feature the 6th annual Artistry in Iron master builders championship, an invitation-only, peer-judged competition among roughly 20 of the motorcycle industry’s progressive custom bike builders. The buildoff, sponsored by American Cycle magazine, will include entries from Michael Barragan, Gard Hollinger, Kris Krome and Bryan Fuller, among others.
Enthusiasts will be able to enter their own bikes into a Custom Bike Show at the Cashman Center on Saturday, Oct. 3. The winning participant in the “Radical” class will receive a $3,000 cash prize and a customized trophy produced by Rampage Wheels, and will qualify to participate in the 2010 Artistry in Iron competition.
Additional BikeFest events will include a World’s Strongest Biker contest, demo rides from Harley-Davidson, a $100,000 poker run, competitions crowning Mr. and Miss Las Vegas BikeFest, custom buider autograph signing sessions, a bikini contest and a performance by Molly Hatchet at the Saraha Hotel & Casino. The Sahara is the official headquarters hotel for the 2009 BikeFest.
General admission is $15 for the entire four-day event. For more information, visit www.lasvegasbikefest.com or call toll-free 866.BIKEFEST.