WARRENSBURG - This next week, more motorcyclists than ever may congregate along Main St. in uptown Warrensburg for the event now known as Warrensburg Bike Week.
Over the last eight years, more and more motorcyclists have been gathering during the first two weeks of June to browse and buy the offerings of dozens of vendors of motorcycle-related goods and services.
This year, there may be a record number in Warrensburg, predicted Don Bagwell, organizer of Bike Week.
This event, which began as a spillover from Americade -the nationally-known touring motorcycle rally - has finally come into its own, with its official name, events and entertainment, a website, 50 vendors, several benefit rides, and dozens of sponsors in the community.
Bagwell, a retailer of military goods, said that thousands more bikers may be in Warrensburg this year, as thousands may stop off on their way as they travel from afar to the famed Laconia Motorcycle Week rally.
On Saturday June 5 at 1 p.m., a Bike Week kickoff concert will be held at Floyd Bennett Bandstand in uptown Warrensburg. The concert features the group Chained Lightning.
Also this Saturday is a charity ride, with proceeds to benefit recovering thyroid cancer patient Tammy Benoit of Warrensburg. Registration is at Ashe's Hotel from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
On Sunday June 6, The Warrensburg Elementary playground committee is hosting a breakfast from 8 a.m. until noon in the School cafeteria. At 9:15 a.m., a "blessing of the bikes" will be held at the Warrensburg Health Center parking lot in downtown Warrensburg. Holy Cross Episcopal Pastor John Cornelius will preside.
Daily from June 5 through 12 area log home companies will be sponsoring charity runs to benefit North Country Ministry, which aids those in financial distress.
Through the whole week, Warrensburg Bike Week will be conducting a Poker Draw to benefit North Country Ministry. Registration is at the Ministry's outreach center on upper Main St. There's a $500 first prize for the biker that completes his lineup of destinations faster than anyone else.
Friday June 11 from noon to 1 p.m. in the QVN Motors parking lot - the center of vendor activity - will be a performance of Rick Redington & the Luv, a band from Vermont that plays original roots music.
Saturday June 12, a trio of motorcycle riders, the Flaming Pumpkins, will be hosting a benefit ride for North Country Ministry, starting at CB Spirits & Restaurant on River St. Registration is from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Bagwell said Tuesday that he expects bikers from Canada, Europe and all over the world to be coming here.
"In Warrensburg, we have toll-free shopping, and no wristbands to buy," he said. "Visitors love the Adirondacks, for the weather, the roads, the sights, the whole experience - and we want you here in this town."
Bagwell said visitors and local residents should get out and enjoy the events over the week.
"It will be a blast," he said.