Last year they were expecting 200 motorcycles in downtown Rogersville, and they had more than 300.
Chamber of Commerce Director Nancy Barker said Monday she's afraid to predict how many bikes will attend the third annual Rogersville Bike Nite, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 21 from 5-9 p.m.
“We should have a huge rally,” Barker said. “Last time we had more than 300 bikes, so we're hoping to have that many or more. We've got plenty of overflow space to accommodate as many motorcycles as they bring in.”
How can bikers register
Bikers can preregister for the event until the end of business hours on Sept. 18 at two Rogersville locations: the Chamber of Commerce, 110 E. Kyle St., or at Busted Knuckle Motorcycle Shop, 3415 Route 66-S, Suite 3.
Preregistration is $5 per bike, or you can register at the event for $10.
The first 100 participants to register get an event plaque for free. They'll also be selling Rogersville Bike Nite T-shirts during the event.
There will also be judging and trophies in categories including best stock motorcycle, best custom built motorcycle and best custom paint.
The names of the judges aren't being released, although Barker said they will be “experienced motorcycle people.”
Food and music
Live music on Main Street in front of the courthouse will be provided by the Tennessee Champagne Band, which Barker described as the kind of rock and roll that bikers like.
There will also be food vendors, and downtown restaurants will be open during the event including the Hale Springs Inn, O'Henry's and hopefully the new Red Dog on Main.
Barker said Red Dog has set a tentative opening date of Sept. 19, which will feature outside dining in the alley beside the restaurant..
Although downtown recently lost its popular Sweet Tooth Cafe, the owner/chef has moved to the Hale Springs Inn, bringing her highly popular menu and cuisine to that historic dining venue.
Where do all these motorcyclists come from?
“We've had them come from all over the region,” Barker said. “We had some from Bristol, we had a few from North Carolina ... and we had a few from Kentucky. So they come from a lot of different places. And of course, the whole region is represented: Kingsport, Johnson City, Newport, Dandridge and everywhere in between.”
It's basically a motorcycle 'Cruise-in'
“They park their bikes and let people look at them and congregate and have a good time and listen to music,” Barker said. “It's kind of like the Cruise-Ins. It's an opportunity for folks to visit our beautiful downtown and look at a wide variety of motorcycles.”
Bike Nite do's and don'ts
You don't have to bring a motorcycle to enjoy Rogersville Bike Night, but you are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and sit and enjoy the live music.
Rogersville city code prohibits pets from attending downtown festivals with the exception of certified service animals.
Do bring your children. There will be inflatable bouncy attractions for children to play on. Skateboards and bicycles are prohibited from downtown Rogersville festivals.
Although the Hale Springs Inn and Red Dog serve alcoholic beverages, they must be consumed on premises and can't be brought out onto the street.
For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce at (423) 272-2186 or Busted Knuckles at (423) 293-0660.