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Downtown businesses welcome Bikefest crowds

Posted September 28, 2014
Updated October 2, 2014

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— Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh roars this weekend with foot traffic and motorcycles for the annual Ray Price Capital City Bikefest.

Some stores and businesses see it as an opportunity to introduce themselves to a new clientele.

"People who wouldn't normally come down Hargett Street would actually come down here," said Cathy Brooks.

"So there is always an opportunity for people to come down here and find us with something like this."

The event, in its 10 year, benefits United Service Organizations and the United States Veterans Corps.

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  • Jimm57 Sep 29, 2014

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    I can help you with some of this. We went Friday night and Saturday afternoon to evening. We bought our dinner and beverages there both days. We rode our motorcycles in, our daughter took her car and had to pay for parking Friday and Saturday. The whole event was clean, interesting and fun. We enjoyed the bands, the various acts, and bought things from vendors. Spent a bunch of money. Fayetteville street is perfect for this venue. We met many people who are from all over NC, but also a few crazy Canadians, and people who came specifically to this Raleigh event. The crown was well behaved, no fights that we saw. It was really cool to see all the different bikes and different styles. I enjoyed people looking at out bikes and asking questions. We loved it, will be back again! Thanks Ray Price and Team Power Sports! Great Job!

  • 68_dodge_polara Sep 29, 2014

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    Have to admit your right, been to both. I'd love to see how much money the average attendee spent at each event. Now they're no easy way to compile such information I guarantee after attending gatherings such as both of these events the bike event pulls in a lot more money. That said, money shouldn't be the only determining factor as to which events are most valued.

  • Arthur Raleigh Sep 29, 2014
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    No they don't. They run right back out of downtown and the business lose money because no one else can to to the business!

  • Lysander Sep 29, 2014

    Don't like the noise and traffic, don't live downtown I guess. Sick of downtown transformation, stop voting for politicians who've made it that way.

  • keeter Sep 29, 2014

    No, that's how much Fireball is downtown and that is actually on the cheap side.

  • Margaret Hicks Sep 29, 2014
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    my friends and I went down to bikefest on Saturday evening. I had a good time. I usually do not go downtown to socialize , don't think I will go back , there seemed to be little price gouging going on at one of the bars, I don't think I have ever paid $7.50 for a shot of fireball any where. I saw no fight, haven't heard of any arrest but will wait on that report.

  • Dan Carter Sep 29, 2014
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    Methinks downtown is a horrible idea for this noisy crowd....countryside is ideal. Like many, we changed our downtown plans until a quieter weekend.

  • lmurphy45 Sep 29, 2014

    Boy, do we have some whiners in this area! This event benefits some great organizations and it as a huge turnout. Guess you can't satisfy everyone.

  • Ishitonthewralcorncobdesk Sep 29, 2014

    -CONFUCIUS SAYPeople who run these races support the businesses downtown after the race, which usually closes streets for just a short time on weekened mornings - before the businesses open. I live downtown and am not thrilled with all the closures but I support events that support the businesses downtown. The bikefest attendees don't eat or shop downtown. I am fine with it being in Raleigh- maybe they can move it to a large Walmart parking lot that can accommodate it. They might even have more people attend with all the shoppers that go there.

  • Steve Sanders Sep 29, 2014
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    I guess you were there and know what you are saying to be the truth? I was there and you can not have 100,000 people in the downtown area and not make money the you have no business being in business! Everywhere I went this weekend was packed with people. I'd rather have the Bikers in town than that NCSU Football crowd any day of the week!

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