Three events are rolling into town over the weekend to celebrate motorcycles and fun.
Thursday night kicks off the weekend with the monthly Bike Night on the Square, which will usher in Vintage Bike Night to showcase classic motorcycles.
“We know that there are so many motorcycle enthusiasts in and around our area that we wanted to specifically invite that group to come and be a part of the heart of Kokomo,” said Susan Alexander, manager of downtown initiatives. “We are celebrating vintage bikes. We will have a vintage bike show so we’ll have a special parking area for the vintage bikes. There will be awards given as gift certificates. We’ll also have biker games sponsored by the Harley Owners Group.”
The monthly, themed Bike Nights on the Square has been a success, according to Alexander. She said attendance has been great and that it is a treat to see all of the motorcycles lined up three rows deep. The downtown streets are blocked off, and there is food and games available during the event that runs on the third Thursday of each month from 6 to 9 p.m. through September. October’s bike night will be a cruise-in.
Two classic rock bands will play Thursday night. Maybe and HooDoo will fill downtown Kokomo with sounds as classic as the motorcycles on display.
On Friday at the Harley-Davidson of Kokomo store (335 S. 00 E.W.), Harley-Davidson of Kokomo has partnered up with the Coterie for an evening of Blues, Brews, Bikes, and BBQs beginning at 5 p.m.
“This event is to hang out and have a good time,” said Taylor White of Harley-Davidson Kokomo. “We’re going to have three bands here – Stone Broke, WT Feaster, and Max Allen Band. They will start playing around 6:30 p.m. and go until 11 p.m. It’s free and for all ages.”
The Local BBQ, Baja Burrito, and Bluz BBQ will be on hand for food. The Coterie will have craft beer and mixed drinks available for purchase.
The motorcycle community is strong in Kokomo, and organizers of these events hope to draw a large number of riders and supporters to the events.
“They come out in full force. It’s an awesome thing to see,” White said. “Hopefully everyone can come out, have a good time, and celebrate bikers.”
She said it’s common for the bike community to come out in force for events and even more so for charity events. The event on Friday night does not benefit any one person or group; it has been set up as a night for riders to come together, enjoy good food and music, and have fun.
Following bike night downtown and the Blues, Brews, Bikes, and BBQs, Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels will play the next concert in the Kokomo Summer Concert Series at Foster Park in the evening. Special guest The Easthills will open the show.</span>