Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest – Lake of the Ozarks, MO
The 2017 Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest was held on September 13th – 17th where over 65,000 motorcycles and 90,000 people were in attendance. The 11th year of the event saw growth with more bikes, more people and long lengths of overnight stays. The Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest was advertised throughout the Midwest via biker publications, events, mailings, flyers, postcards, radio, billboard, internet, e-mail and biker word of mouth.
The organizers of the event hosted the Passport Program where riders purchased a $20 passport and then rode to 24 separate locations where they received a stamp and then turned the completed passport in at the Lake of the Ozarks Harley-Davidson Shop for a drawing that was held at 4:00 pm on Sunday, September 17th. The lucky winner, Mike McCarty, from Ankeny, IA won the 2015 Harley-Davidson Dyna Wide Glide. Proceeds from the Passport Program are used to promote the event and portion is allocated to benefit the efforts of the local chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association, Fishers of Men, for their participation in executing the Passport Program.
The event hosted four vendor village areas at Lake of the Ozarks Harley-Davidson, Camden on the Lake and throughout Bagnell Dam Blvd. The Bagnell Dam Blvd. was a consistent flow of motorcycles the entire weekend and there were over 100 restaurants, bars and biker friendly entertainment and retail establishments catering to bikers throughout the Lake Area. Picklehead’s Roadhouse had numerous events and concerts throughout the weekend. Tim Jacobsen, Bikefest Committee Member and Executive Director of the Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitors Bureau states; “The Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest continues to attract more bikers each year because of the quality of the vendors, the amount of larger entertainment facilities that cater to bikers and the wonderful experience provided by riding through the rolling hills surrounding the Lake of the Ozarks.” Every year there are increased activities and entertainment than the year before. “The communities of the Lake Area welcome and prepare each year to host this event and the local businesses continue to exceed the biker’s expectations”, states Jacobsen.
The Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest major sponsors are Aaron Sachs & Associates, P.C., Jack Daniels (Glazer’s Distributors), The Leatherman, City of Osage Beach & Harley-Davidson (Lake of the Ozarks Harley-Davidson). The event would not be possible without the additional sponsors; Tri County Lodging Association, The Lake of the Ozarks Convention & Visitor Bureau, Full Throttle Magazine, Camden on the Lake Resort, Captain Ron’s Bar & Grill, Dog Days Restaurant & Bar, Tan-Tar-a Resort, The Lodge of Four Seasons, Surdyke Yamaha, Boathouse Bar & Grill, YC Powersports, Good Fellaz, LO Profile Magazine, Lake Media, Thunder Roads Magazine and Second Home Living Magazine.
The 2018 Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest will be held on Wednesday, September 12 – Sunday, September 16, 2018. You can view pictures and video from the 2017 event and keep informed of upcoming activities and details of the 12th Anniversary of the Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest at www.lakebikefest.com.
FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Tim Jacobsen
P.O. Box 1498
Osage Beach, MO 65065