York Bike Night, Light Up York becoming Saturday events

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Starting in 2018, York Bike Night will move from a Friday night to a Saturday night in September, a change organizers say will help attract more locals and out-of-town visitors to an event that is already one of the most popular in downtown York.

And it isn’t the only downtown York event that will become a Saturday event.

Light Up York will move from its traditional Friday starting this year. The event will be held Dec. 2 from noon to 7 p.m. 

This year’s Bike Night, which was held Sept. 29, attracted an estimated 20,000 people, said Mary Yeaple, special events coordinator for York.

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The weekday schedule made it difficult for some area residents to make it to the York Expo Center in time for the start of the motorcycle parade, Yeaple said.

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YDR reporter Gordon Rago takes in the scenes from bike night in downtown York. Gordon Rago, York Daily Record

It also meant that out-of-town visitors, who stop at Harley-Davidson’s annual open house on a Saturday, missed out on Bike Night the evening before, Yeaple said. “We have people come from all over the United States.” 

The actual date for what will be the 24th Bike Night will be set depending upon the dates Harley-Davidson holds its annual three-day open house in 2018, Yeaple said.

The dates for the 2018 open house haven’t yet been set, said Bernadette Lauer, a Harley-Davidson spokeswoman.

Bike Night organizers plan to hold some festivities in downtown York on that Friday, but details have not yet been set, Yeaple said.

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A $ 10,000 grant from the York County Convention & Visitors Bureau will help organizers spread the word about the date change and advertise the event to motorcycle fans around the country.

As for the change for Light Up York, which includes lighting of the city Christmas tree, Yeaple said local business owners asked if it could be moved to a Saturday night from its usual spot on First Friday in December. That’s because they were concerned that having so many events downtown at the same time was impacting sales.

Moving the event to a Saturday will also eliminate downtown gridlock on a Friday afternoon and make it easier for families to attend rather than parents rushing home from work and coming downtown with their children, she said.

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The 5th annual Farm to City dinner brought more than 200 people to downtown York on Sunday. Oct. 8. Anthony J. Machcinski, York Daily Record

 

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