Germans drink beer in October, and Daytona Beachians rev their engines.
Daytona Beach is famous for Bike Week held each spring, but a fall get-together, dubbed Biketoberfest, takes place this weekend: Oct. 16 – 18. The first Biketoberfest took place as the “Daytona Fall Tour” in 1992, and local businesses loved it because it boosted restaurant and merchandise sales, so the concept stuck.
Bikers, of course, loved it from the beginning.
The name “Biketoberfest” first became popular in the U.S. and overseas, with German motorcycle enthusiasts enjoying the Octoberfest-related name. In its second year of operation, 1993, Biketoberfest drew 15,000 new visitors; in 1994 it grew to 80 countywide activities and attracted about 25,000 new visitors.
By 2009, Biketoberfest debuted on the social networks starting fan sites on Facebook and Twitter. Overall the crowds held steady to recent years at about 125,000, a number that has held steady despite sagging economies. Today, over 100 different activities angle at all age groups and interests.
For more information on Biketoberfest, a list of activities, and a schedule, visit the official website at: http://www.officialbikeweek.com