More than 15 thousand motorcycle enthusiasts are expected to show up on roadways in western Kentucky and southern Illinois today through July 17, as they partake in the Kentucky Bikefest at the Union County Fairgrounds in Sturgis.
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is encouraging local motorists to be alert for an influx of motorcycles, RV’s and other support vehicles pulling trailers in the area.
During peak travel times, the added traffic could create minor delays along U.S. 60, Kentucky 109, Kentucky 56 and Kentucky 91, as well as Illinois Route 13.
Rally participants often cruise the back roads of the region while attending the event, also.
A weekend pass for the Bikefest is $30 per person for those interested in attending, and all fest participants must be 21 years old. Gates open at 1 p.m. today. Parking RV’s or other support vehicles cost extra. Tent camping is free.
The Bikefest will host a wide variety of activities and contests, such as live musical entertainment, drag races, games and the annual bike show. Simultaneously, the Old Shawneetown Street Rally, another area motorcycle event, also starts today in Gallatin County, Ill., and will run through July 16. The event begins each day at 9 a.m. and continues until 3 a.m. the following morning. Interested participants can purchase $15 armbands to attend the entire weekend and must be 21 years old.
For more information, visit www.oldshawneetownstreetrally.com.
Police officials are expecting many motorcyclists to be traveling between both events throughout the weekend.
Cameron Glover Gleaner staff