Biketoberfest is a go for Oct. 15-18 in Volusia County, Fla., but the annual gathering of motorcycling enthusiasts likely will be smaller than in its previous 28 years.
The coronavirus restrictions put in place by state and local health officials, coupled with concern by city officials, prompted the Daytona Beach City Commission to deny vendor permits for the 2020 event, eliminating much of the draw for Main Street and Ocean Avenue.
Nearby Ormond Beach approved vendor permits, so popular attractions, such as the Iron Horse Saloon and Destination Daytona will be open. And vendors are expected to be on hand at Daytona International Speedway.
“Safety is paramount,” said Lori Campbell Baker, executive director of the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “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.”
Officials expect crowds this year to fall far below the estimated 100,000 who usually attend Biketoberfest.
“Our hotels, restaurants, attractions, and retail shops are open,” Campbell Baker said. “Our beautiful, expansive beach is open. For those who decide to travel to our area, we want them to visit responsibly and safely.”
The latest information can be found on the official event website biketoberfest.org.