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From: Pam Gardener
Sent: Monday, April 26, 2010 4:37 PM
To: info
Subject: Loved it for the 7th year but...

We ALWAYS love the Bike Fest and even though we live close by—we get rooms in town so we don’t have to leave Leesburg from Friday to Sunday. It is well-organized and obviously becomes more popular each year. The one thing that bothers our group more than anything is the babies and young children in attendance. It is not the place for babies, dogs, snakes, parrots. This year the animal attendance seemed to be lower—but the babies were everywhere. Seeing a baby at an event such as this, especially at 11 p.m. is disturbing (we saw many), but especially knowing the effect of the decibel level on their hearing begs one to wonder when this activity crosses the line into child abuse. Other than get in people’s faces and tell them to take the baby home (which some of us have done…) we’re just wondering what can be done about providing education, especially to young parents, that it’s just not the place for small children. Not hugely in favor of rules—we are bikers after all—but any attention your group can give to this issue would be a benefit to us all.
Thanks! Pam Gardener

From: Roberta Thomas
Sent: Monday, April 26, 2010 5:26 PM
To: Joe Shipes
Subject: Leesburg Bikefest 2010
Dear Joe,

Thank you for the work on the Leesburg Bikfest 2010 event. We really enjoyed ourselves and thought it was a great idea to have the old Chopping Block open with Oakwood serving delicious food from a beloved local establishment. However, we were very disappointed that Jim Van Fleet wasn't included in the entertainment with his band. We feel he has become a tradition at the annual event and always puts on a great show. He was a great host Friday night but we would like to know what happened and why he wasn't scheduled to perform. Thank you again for a great event, especially with the cut in budget experienced for the 2010 event. We look forward to hearing from you regarding Jim Van Fleet & the Reign.
Sincerely, Roberta Thomas

From: Nanci
Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 11:39 AM
To: Jan Wideman
Subject: Congratulations

Hi Jan,
Hope you’re resting up from the weekend. Thanks for your help in making Lor-Ed Enterprises/Dr. Neuzil’s Irrigator feel at ease with our first BikeFest appearance. It was a pretty good event for us. We definitely had some learnings and I’ve advised my client to consider participation next year. I personally want to express my thanks to you and your team for arranging for vendor parking. We took advantage of the lot at the corner of Elk and Cleveland. It wasn’t market and the parking was not organized by I squeezed my car in every day making it VERY convenient for me. I also want to thank you for arranging to have attendants at the Port-A-lets on Elk. The ladies were lovely and diligent. I did my part to thank them but wanted you to know that the clean bathrooms were the talk of our area and greatly appreciated. I look forward to next year’s event. Take care.
Warm regards,
Nanci Schwartz, President
The CommConnection, Inc.

From: monchbunch
Subject: Leesburg bikefest
Date: May 4, 2010 11:00:18 AM EDT

The best Bikefest I have been to.
I have gone to Daytona Bike week and Octoberfest. The concentration of music venues, entertainment, vendors, food does not compare!! Downtown Leesburg turns into a biker playground and once there the fun is endless. Security was quite good and law enforcement were friendly and always present. Everybody was friendly and you could tell that they all wanted to have a good time. I even took my 6 year old on Sunday and he loved it.

From: cheiftouchhog
Subject: Leesburg Police Dept
Date: May 1, 2010 6:16:14 PM EDT

Dear Sirs; I would like to say that the LPD was one of the nicest PD's that I have ever met everyone we ran into no matter what was extremely friendly and courteous. I had stopped at an accident on 441 where a fellow biker had gone down, Police showed up from everywhere, upon rendering what assistance we could we attempted to leave when my bike would not start, Two officers stayed with us and attempted to help start the bike, then they pushed me off and stayed with my lady friend until I could turn around and pick her up. These two officers are a credit to your Dept and the standards of the uniform. They were so cool!!!!!
Mike Wainwright
Lake City, Fl

From: rosie82
Subject: bikefest
Date:May 1, 2010 9:41:49 AM EDT

We change our vacation plans just to attend and it was great . The only other event we seen that many bikes at was 105th in 2008. The total mileage we put on our bike was 4364 in 18 days we are from PA.
Thanks for all your hard work the event was a success

From: Don Frederick

Kudos 2 your volunteer staff who gave our friend a ride to his bike as he was having a hard time walking wounded vet your city is the best kept secret in the southwest please don’t turn into a Daytona thanks for all you do.

Don Frederick Tampa FL

From: foxybilliards
Subject: Re: The 14th Annual Leesburg Bikefest Exceeds Expectations!
Date: April 29, 2010 10:48:29 PM EDT

Hello, The wife and I had a good time at the rally. We are big blues music fans and were just a little disappointed on the music, being total hard rock. We had anticipated Wes Jeans in playing some toned down blues, but he must have been playing to a hard rock crowd. We still had a very good time. We just moved here from Calif and have attended Rallies all over the West. Laughlin, Las Vegas, Hollister, the Love ride out of Riverside (7,000), and several smaller ones all over Calif. Yours was set up nice and we saw no problems. We still see some of the same vendors that we have seen at all of the rallies, we notice so many clothes, & leather, and little in the way of parts. But you can't have everything. All in all we still had a really good time, and will be back if possible, never know what each year will bring, but we'll try!
Regards, & ride safe always!!!!!!
Dave & Lorrie Fox Palm Bay, Florida

From: rbush82
Subject: Bikefest
Date: April 29, 2010 7:18:57 PM EDT

First time attending but will not be the last time. A friend of mine and I went to Leesburg for the first time and had a blast, great town, good food, awesome bikes and a great place to stay. We will be back next year for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Randy, Lake Worth Fl.

From: Joe
Date: April 29, 2010 5:47:06 PM EDT

Once again Leesburg Bikefest was great! I can only think of a few suggestions to make my wife's favorite rally even better............ Lights downtown. The rope lights around the trees were great, but part of the fun is watching the endless parade of motorcycles going by. Even more light would be even better. Bands-year after year I have seen the main stage acts to be old heavy metal. How about old rock & roll? Journey, REO Speedwagon, Grand Funk, and the other 5,000 old rock & roll bands still touring??? Misters were great when it got hot-More would be even better. Major manufactures- Doesn't Honda, Kawasaki, or Harley want to show off their products at a great event like this? Weather- Could you try to make sure that there are no more forecasts of storms coming Sunday so we don't get scared and get up early and head home? This was tough after a late, but fun, Saturday night!!
Joe & Cheryl Raith Palm Harbor, Fl.
Attendees every year since at least 2004

From: kmann05
Subject: Bikefest
Date: April 29, 2010 4:40:34 PM EDT

We thought Leesburg was great!! This was our 7th year going and we love the town. We would love to see "The Bobby Friss Band" in the line up for entertainment. He does a lot of events that we go to, he is awesome and great to listen to. He would add a lot to the Leesburg entertainment for bikefest. Just thought I'd share that thought with you.
See you next year!
From: fairoaks42
Subject: Bikefest 2010
Date: April 29, 2010 7:21:13 AM EDT

What an awesome time! Bad Mannerz Friday night rocked out Leesburg. Best band by far! What a biker friendly enviroment we enjoyed. So many times the towns invite us, but don't embrace us like Leesburg does. Can't wait for next year! Great to read that there were no fatalities!
Great job!

Subject: Bikefest volunteers
Date: April 29, 2010 6:11:55 AM EDT

What about Dave O and Ron (Ridgerunner) along with the Road Crew that volunteered there time to keep Downtown Safe and traffic flowing correctly ?
Marty (Sparky)

Subject: Leesburg Bike Fest
Date: April 28, 2010 10:25:33 PM EDT

Rachel I attended LBF for the eighth or ninth time. I've seen it grow from a little event to one of the most significant motorcycle events in Central Florida. My only complaint is the hotels/motels keep jacking up the room rates. The first year I attended the room was $59/night. Next year the same establishment, the Guest House, now an Econo lodge is charging $200/night. I've voiced my displeasure in a letter to the editor of the Daily Commercial. I have already made reservations at another hotel for 2011 with more reasonable room rates. The people in Leesburg should learn from the mistakes the people in Daytona Beach made, specifically jacking up the room rates. Now the commercial establishments are suffering from declining attendance due in part to increased room rates. Of course the soft economy is also a contributing factor. I have posted a number of my pictures on should you care to take a look. Ronald A. Cox From: vhbiker Subject: restaurants Date: April 28, 2010 8:31:33 PM EDT I like to be seated in some kind of place to eat. Definitive you need more restaurants, or places to eat. I like Leesburg and other than that I have a very good time.
Thank you.

From: Thesetterbook
Subject: Leesburg bikefest
Date: April 28, 2010 7:45:29 PM EDT

My friend and I attended the Leesburg bikefest for the first time last Saturday. We were impressed with the overall event and how friendly everyone was. The vendors were helpful without being pushy. The crowd was congenial and well-behaved. We left about 7:30 pm to head to Ft. McCoy, and Reddick, FL, where we live. Deb and I are 45 and 56 respectively, married, and have children. It was my first bikefest without my husband. Deb and I are both avid horseback riders as well. If I were to make a suggestion, it would be to figure out some way of leaving more room for pedestrians on Main Street. Thanks for a fun day. We will look forward to attending next year's event!
Lynn Hamilton

From: airplanedoc616
Subject: Leesburg bikefest review
Date: April 28, 2010 5:33:35 PM EDT

I have been riding for about 5 wife only 1. We live in West Palm Beach and stayed at a friend’s house in Mt Dora. We had such a great time. We arrived Friday night and walked half the fest. Sat morning we went on the abate poker run and had a great time. We spent the rest of the afternoon and night at the fest. Took in all the shows...wall of death was great. Traffic was so much better than i imagined. Signs to event were good. People were fantastic. I am going to put in vacation time tomorrow for next years event.
Thanks. Mike Arato

From: cpav1245
Subject: Leesburgh
Date: April 28, 2010 1:09:21 PM EDT

Hello; I just want to tell you--We are a large group from Ft Myers, Fl and we all love the Leesburg Bikefest! We will never go back to Daytona!! Not only are the residents of Leesburg warm and welcoming but the police (who made their presence known) were friendly and helpful. I was extremely impressed by the EMT's on bikes who were immediately there when needed. We only saw one argument that ended up in a altercation and the police were there in minutes! AND--no fatal accidents!! IMPRESSIVE! Next year we plan on going up on the Thursday before so we can see more of the city and surrounding areas. Thank you to the city, the residents, the police, the fire dept., and to the people who worked so hard to co-ordinate this event as it was a huge success. One note--I do apologize for the mess!! I couldn’t help but notice the trash that was thrown to the ground (there were trash bins everywhere!) You have a beautiful city and I wish more were considerate enough to use the trash bins. I also wish you had placed some sort of sitting area's such as picnic tables in the vendor area's as it was hot, and difficult to find a place to just sit and eat a bite. There were benches on one street and we did use those when we could. We must have walked for miles!! LOL Again THANK YOU we had a GREAT time.

From: rcf101

My wife and I attended on Saturday and we had a great time. The crowd was very well mannered and friendly. We were pleased to see so many attendees. Thanks for a great event and hope to be there next year.
Bob Freeman Orlando, Fl.

From: Greg.Coleman
Subject: Bike fest
Date: April 28, 2010 10:58:33 AM EDT

Always a great time very well organized. This was my 7th year attending your event and we can’t wait till next year. The entertainment with the variety of bands is always good! Keep up the good work.
Greg Coleman

From: Btammyangel
Subject: Bike Fest!!
Date: April 28, 2010 9:36:06 AM EDT

I thought it was AWESOME!!! It was mine and my sons 1st time there and could not believe the crowd!!! Friendly and so outgoing!! Can’t wait till next years. From: indypn Date: April 28, 2010 7:11:46 AM EDT I flew in from Chicago for this event. It was great. We were really surprised we were able to park on the Main Street. Had a great time and look forward to next year.

From: hurricanekate51
Subject: Leesburg Bikefest
Date: April 28, 2010 3:27:51 AM EDT

To Whom It May Concern:
We visited the Bikefest on Saturday the 24th of April. Had a wonderful time. Weather was great, sunny and hot. Everything was very well organized. Stopped in at the Club Palace and saw The Dan Story Band. It is a GREAT band. Very upbeat and enjoyed listening to them very much. Stayed there for the whole time they were on stage. Can't wait until next year...keep up the good work!!!!!!
Kathy Rolston Brooksville, Florida

From: davideshkol
Subject: Bikefest
Date: April 28, 2010 1:20:54 AM EDT

This was my first Bikefest and my first motorcycle Gathering. I was very very pleasantly surprised by the decent behavior of the bikers, the vendors and the local authorities. There were so many interesting characters and unique bikes. The organization seemed fantastic on all the many levels and dimensions of such a large communal festivity. Food, bathrooms, parking, entertainment, first aid, etc etc... Thank you all who participated in anyway.
David Eshkol Haifa, Israel

From: kevin
Subject: Fantastic event!
Date: April 28, 2010 12:45:04 AM.

My son and I were stranded in Florida for an extra two weeks along with my wife and daughter. So we came along with a friend who has a spare Harley and we stayed Friday and Saturday, riding back to Sarasota Saturday evening. The event was nothing like we had seen in the UK. It was well organised and without exception everyone was friendly and well behaved. The bikes and stands were wonderful. We visited the Chrome Shop 75 off the I75 where they had a great reception for bikers and an amazing truck show. We also went to the Harley dealer and that was fun too. It was a shame it had to end! Easter is late next year but I don't think late enough so we won't be here still when we visit Florida again.
Well done!
Kevin Leigh Thorpe Bay Essex, UK

From: Robert & Barbara Beuter
Subject: Bikefest 2010
Date: April 28, 2010 12:40:58 AM EDT
To: Leesburg Partnership, all agencies and people who worked Bikefest.

Another great Bikefest Event and another outstanding job by the Leesburg Partnership and everyone involved with this event. A special thanks to the Partnership and all the people and agencies who made this such a wonderful event. There was so much to do, see and hear and it only gets better every year. It’s nice to be able to go to an event as large as this and not worry about safety. It was an extremely well planned event with safety being first and foremost and not an after thought. The new transportation to and from the event seemed to alleviate some of the traffic and parking problems on the streets around the event. Keep up the great work, hope to see even bigger and better next year although it will be hard to beat what you have accomplished this year.
It was truly a fun weekend.
Robert & Barbara Beuter Leesburg, Fl.

From: flabiker51
Subject: leesburg
Date: April 27, 2010 11:17:14 PM EDT

i like to say that I bike event was a pure pleasure to attend. I went on Friday and stayed most of the day. I am in Ocala so i was able to shoot home for dinner with the wife. then I was back at Leesburg. The vendors were good and the choices were also great. there was a good mix of local talent to listen to. the drink prices were usual for this type of event. I didn’t mind really. the Friday headliner was good, loud and bluesy. All in all a great time was had and cant wait for next year.

From: lpp11787
Subject: Leesburg feedback
Date: April 27, 2010 11:05:51 PM EDT

My wife and I have attended this event for years. We arrive on Thursday afternoon and stay in the Villages from Thursday night through Sunday and enjoy every day especially Friday during the day Sunday during the day. We actually enjoy this event most and we attend and have attended Bike Week, Biktoberfest, Myrtle Beach, Laconia and York PA. I have a couple of concerns I would like to voice. 1. On Saturday we were very concerned and worried as colors from multiple gangs it seemed took over main street especially at the main stage. I don't understand why you allow gangs to wear their colors and mass as shows of strength. As we made friends and spoke to other people attending the event they voiced the same concern. This type of thing could ruin an event very quickly... No matter how good a event is, no one wants to be subjected to that atmosphere. 2. You have many many local young people that come in and change the atmosphere on Friday and Saturday nights. It seems almost like a different event on Friday day and Sunday day without that crowd. I think it's great that the locals attend and enjoy the event also. I understand you are having more locals bussed in by busses from various areas. I invite you to really think about what you are promoting by bussing locals in. Remember what built this event and what has made it grow it seems every year... The biker crowd! not the locals, not more locals being bussed in. By doing this you are inviting a different crowd, and by the way, this isn't the type of crowd that bikers want to be around, in fact it's exactly what the bikers come here to get away from. Be careful with what you are trying to do, don't commercialize this event as many others have done to their ruination... You want to make this event bigger with the bike crowd, not the crowd getting bussed in, if you increase the numbers being bussed in you will decrease the number of biker people you get because we come to Leesburg because it is different than Daytona and the others, it's about the bikers and biker crowd this is who spends the money and this is who will keep this event strong. Believe me, word will spread like wild fire if you start messing with the type of crowd attending this event and you will see the numbers of bikers lower as the number of locals increase and soon you will have nothing. Please don't ruin the good thing you created!!!!!
Thank you for listening,

From: Peterjhog
Subject: Leesburg Bikefest
Date: April 27, 2010 10:05:04 PM EDT

My wife and I have been visiting the Bikefest for the past 10 years. It was well organized and a great event. The Bus transportation shuttle was a real plus. We used it as well as several of our friends. Hopefully this will be a part next year. It eliminates traffic and provides a safe means of transportation between the HD shop and downtown events. With Best Regards to those who created this biker venue.
Pete Caroline

From: royalstar0757
Date: April 27, 2010 9:32:36 PM EDT

2009 was our first time to Leesburg Bikefest and we loved it!! This year, we brought seven additional friends and they were very impressed! A great time was had by all and you can be sure we'll be back next year! You really put on a class event and should be very proud of everyone that helped to make it great! Thank you and keep up the good work.
Till next year,
Carl Scholl

From: oznolaj
Subject: Bikefest
Date: April 27, 2010 9:27:44 PM EDT

Please let all know that it was a great success, I stayed at the k.o.a. In wildwood for 3 days (stayed last year too ) you people went all out to make us feel welcome there, will be there next year too.
Till next year

From: sepittman
Subject: bikefest
Date: April 27, 2010 9:08:06 PM EDT

Great rally. This was our third bikefest and it won't be our last. We're from Massachusetts and we think this is much better than Laconia. We stayed at Recreation Plantation in our coach and did our share at helping the local economy $$. The police were courteous and allowed things to be a little frisky without getting out of control.
Good job!

From: Billygator1240
Subject: bike-fest
Date: April 27, 2010 8:05:30 PM EDT

Hi! Just wanted to say my wife & I had a great time. We are from Tavares. One suggestion. We noticed a big back-up of bikers at the light from 441 going left onto 44 to get to down-town. If they knew they could also go straight and take any side street further down it would help. Many are from out of town and just follow the crowd.
Keep-up the great work.
From: andyleopardi
Subject: Very pleased patron Date: April 27, 2010 8:03:19 PM EDT

Greetings, I just wanted to say how much I and my 10+ friends enjoyed the Bikefest. We came from all different parts of the state, and all left in agreement that Leesburg certainly put on a wonderful event! I wanted to commend Ride Like a Pro demonstrations especially. I felt the shows were not only informative, but entertaining and engaging. My friends and I all purchased DVDs to even further improve our riding skills. Thank you Motorman and crew! I will definitely be in attendance next year and hope to see what new tricks & tips Ride Like a Pro can offer me!
Andrew from Tampa

From: alvinclee1950
Subject: My Leesburg Bikefest Experience
Date: April 26, 2010 11:50:07 PM EDT

I use the word Experience because that was just what it was for me. This was my second trip to the bikefest in Leesburg and I can’t believe that this year was way better that last year. Man! You guys really go all out, the 8 stages and music everywhere I walked, the Bike show was OUTSTANDING! And so many vendors I got dizzy trying to visit them all. I am impressed with the friendliness of the Police officers I met and the restaurant and bar staffs were the best!. From an excellent time in Daytona’s Bike Week to a wonderful w/e at Leesburg Bikefest, man Florida is getting better at Bike events and Leesburg sports one of the best events, I am now an Avid Leesburg Fan!
Alvin Lee Gainesville, Florida

From: clarkjj
Subject: 2010
Date: April 27, 2010 7:34:18 PM EDT

NICE JOB !!!!!!! Will BE BACK!!!! CAN'T WAIT !!!!!
From: MWilbert
Subject: Re: The 14th Annual Leesburg Bikefest Exceeds Expectations!
Date: April 27, 2010 6:58:31 PM EDT

Really had a great time,was there Thur.,Fri.,Sun. came up from Bushnell

From: hdmike95
Subject: Leesburg comment Date: April 27, 2010 6:38:39 PM EDT

The event itself is a good one for the people of Leesburg and the surrounding areas however; as with all major motorcycle events they start off great and end up gouging the participants. My hotel, (Econo Lodge Leesburg) raised its rate from 86.00 a night on Thursday to 169.00 Friday and Saturday. Further they would not honor AAA or AARP discounts as they said it was a SPECIAL EVENT. What makes it a special event is those of us who come there from hundreds of miles away to enjoy that part of Florida. Conversation at various venues centered around Leesburg becoming another Daytona. Gouging the bikers is why we stopped going to Daytona. My group alone consisted of 20 people who will not be back next year due to the attitude we can charge whatever we want and they will still come. I hope someone in charge reads this and brings it to the attention of those hard working people who put allot into making the event a great one. It may not be to late to salvage what was a great idea.

From: jimidpirate
Subject: Leesburg
Date: April 27, 2010 6:27:09 PM EDT

A nice ride from Orlando down old hwy. 50 along the orange trail. We spent 12 hours on Saturday and another 6 on Sunday. It was a blast! Great bands and Great food. Bike show and Bikini show awesome. Been going for 10 years now, even though it’s getting bigger it’s much better than Daytona who! Beer for 3 -4 dollars and best of all BIKES ONLY on Main Street ….YES we will be back again and again year after year! Thanks Leesburg you are doing a great job! I attached a few of the 177 pictures I took!
Jimi D Haveard

From: dynadude93
Subject: Bikefest
Date: April 27, 2010 5:58:53 PM EDT

Once again you've pulled off the best bike party ever. I attended the very 1st one, and have only missed 3 since the beginning (sick once, had to work twice). I just want to say how impressed I am with the whole thing. Usually when something starts small (a parking lot) and grows bigger (seems like half of Lake County) it loses something along the way. Not the Bikefest. It only seems to get better. I used to stay in town. Now I stay in Claremont. In a couple more years I may have to get a room in Orlando. Just kidding, at least I hope so. I would like to thank everyone who works hard all year to pull this off. The Leesburg Police Dept. and their supporting agencies do an outstanding job. There if you need them, but never overbearing. A big thank you to the citizens of Leesburg and Lake County for putting up with us for 3 days. I know it's a pain in the butt for them, but you'd never know it from the way we're treated. I hope this was successful for you this year, and despite the state of the economy, I hope you made a wheelbarrow full of money. I'm looking forward to seeing something new again next year. Thanks again for a great time, and I'll see you next year (362 days as of this writing, but who's counting?)
Paul Yowell Clearwater

From: doxylady
Subject: Bikefest
Date: April 27, 2010 5:49:59 PM EDT

The Leesburg Bikefest was awesome. We had a good time. The only thing that is not right is what the hotels in the area charges for a room. My husband and I paid $150.00 a night at a Super 8 hotel not even a 5 star hotel. The rates they charge at a biker event is like price gouging because if you stayed the following night the rate for the room went to $40.00.Quite a big profit they made don't you think, plus Super 8 hotel did not accept the $10.00 coupon offered on Leesburg site. You should look into this because more and more bikers will not pay this price and stop coming to the events.
Jackie Gallo
From: agelesswunder
Subject: bikefest 2010
Date: April 27, 2010 5:48:53 PM EDT

Loved the event map...accurate and informative. We were able to locate all the events we wanted to see without getting lost like we did in 2009. Wall of Death was spectacular!!!! The participants were friendly and warm....waited 20 years to see them again, please bring them back next year! We came back on sunday for my grandson to see them, but because of the storm coming they had to cancel the rest of their shows (safety first), so yes, PLEASE bring them back next year. The guys were great, we even got signed t-shirts! Cant wait for Bikefest 2011!!!!!!
Keep up the good work!!!!!
Shirley G
Cambridge, NY

From: kbm51
Subject: Great Event
Date: April 27, 2010 4:54:09 PM EDT

I want to congratulate the Leesburg Bikefest organizers and the Leesburg community on an excellent event. I was unable to ride my bike but a friend and I attended on Friday and Saturday by parking at Gator Harley and riding the shuttle to town. This was one of the most well organized and effortless to attend gatherings of its size i have ever seen. There was a very adequate appearance of Police, Fire and Rescue personnel visible and all aspects seem to flow very smoothly. Was able to speak personally with several Police Officers and was very impressed with their helpfulness, attitudes and actions. I know there was a lot of work going on by many but you guys made it look easy. Thanks again for a great festival, you should be proud.
Look forward to next year.
Kenneth B. McKenzie
Gulf Shores, AL

From: g8rlady

Subject: VIP
Date: April 27, 2010 4:46:33 PM EDT

Sandi and Joe, We once again enjoyed working the VIP Friday night and the food etc., was great. I really loved the new tent! All the guests and sponsors, etc., seemed very happy. Anna and her "girls" were also well behaved!! Only thing I would suggest for next year is "no smoking" signs and more ventilation. Because the two ends were completely blocked and the one side blocked with the busses, it made it very warm inside the tent. If I recall, last year I don't think we had the corner on the uphill side wrapped around to the front of the bus, nor the downhill corner at the back of the bus. I could be mistaken but I just think there was more of a cross breeze last year. Maybe there is a way to even put ceiling fans on the light fixtures that were up?? I'll leave that up to you! That was the only thing that we noticed. Congratulations on a great event that was enjoyed by all!
See you soon, Karen Mercer

From: scpodle
Subject: 1st timer
Date: April 27, 2010 4:45:39 PM EDT

Just spoke to you on the phone and am following up with a hard copy to express the fun that was had in Leesburg over the weekend . I have been to Daytona Beach, Panama City and Myrtle Beach the only biker events that I have been to that were more fun with better places to ride were Laconia and Sturgis. I appreciate the local business owners great attitudes and lets not forget the great attitudes of the local police force that definitely has the toughest jobs down there! I will be back and will bring some people with me this time!
Thank all again for me please!

From: knowles.calvin

Date: April 27, 2010 4:35:19 PM EDT

I live down in Lakeland fl .Me and all my friends have been going to Leesburg bike fest many years. We love what the town of Leesburg has done to promote the event and the crowd was great we didn't see or hear anyone getting out of control or any accidents just everyone having a great time. and all of the towns people were very friendly and helpful .The Police, and all of the city employees and volunteers were fantastic helping direct traffic and parking. Even the people selling water on the street corners were very nice trying to keep everyone cool it was a little warm but we enjoyed it Maybe you could try some of those misting cooling fans around town close to the vending tents next year if possible to keep down the heat exhaustion just an idea. Well along with all the great vendors and all the bands playing music and good food from the local restaurants and all of the other festivities that were going on. It was Awesome i can't wait to do it again next year..Take care we'll be there with about Ten thousand others.... &n bsp;
Calvin Knowles

Subject: Leesburg Bikefest
Date: April 27, 2010 4:25:48 PM EDT

Attended Thur. thru Sun. staying at the ABATE campground. They were great and your Festival was fantastic. Extra clean city, great atmosphere, very helpful police dept., and pleasant vendors. Couldn't ask for more. Liked the idea of Gator Harley starting a day early. Can't wait until next year.
More festivals for LEESBURG.
Bob LaValley

From: vbernius
Subject: Re: The 14th Annual Leesburg Bikefest Exceeds Expectations!
Date: April 27, 2010 4:09:24 PM EDT

We thoroughly enjoyed the Leesburg Bikefest this year as we have in the past. A great event and the people so friendly. Just one minor suggestion - that if the people selling "Leesburg" shirts etc. could take credit cards. My husband and I only use credit cards - not ATM or debit cards - and most of the vendors took credit cards. We made several purchases but not an official Leesburg shirt as we could not use our card. Maybe you could designate just one stand to take cards.

From: customsheetmetal
Subject: bike fest
Date: April 27, 2010 4:01:28 PM EDT

In general I think it went well. I do have a complaint about parking for the venders and there support staff you give them parking passes but don't tell them where it is and when they did know where it was there was not enough spaces for them to park. You need to do something about this.
Greg J Miller
Custom Sheet Metal Leesburg

From: sanderson
Date: April 27, 2010 3:57:12 PM EDT

Was great we had lots of fun and saw lots of bikes and people and more vendors its getting big now we just need to have twice a year ok thanks

From: jim1954
Subject: Leesburg.
Date: April 27, 2010 3:54:55 PM EDT

We had three great days in Leesburg! Be back next year for sure.
Jim Elliott Bradenton, FL.

From: pherbon
Subject: Leesburg Bikefest
Date: April 27, 2010 3:46:48 PM EDT

I have to say, that I was very impressed with the way the bikefest was put together. This was my first year. I was down in Daytona last year. Was not impressed at all. While in Florida last year, I was informed by some fellow riders, that Leesburg was the place to go. I rode down from Michigan, stayed till Saturday. Had to go back early, but it was worth the ride to see the event you put on. Great job and hope to get back down there soon.
Paul T. Herbon

From: dolphinives
Subject: Road crew
Date: April 27, 2010 3:46:29 PM EDT

Hi this year was about the 8th bikefest that i worked and i truly LOVE doing the volunteer work ,we have a lot of fun and enjoy doing it to help my local friends !! I really think that WE should be recognize a little more that we are it helps keep the local police from doing it so they can do more important things ! but i NEVER see anything about the " ROAD CREW" we do work very hard and i think that we are a big help!!!!! SO a little Hey you guys are great or something,
thank you
Jayne Ive

From: Susan L Grella
Sent: Sunday, April 25, 2010 11:39 AM
Subject: Website Feedback
Name Susan L Grella

Hello, I jusst wanted to say that my husband and I really enjoy coming to the Leesburg Bike Rally and have been doing so for about 6 years now. However, I must tell you that your hotels are taking advantage of the bikers and are getting more and more like Daytona. I priced a room for $79.00 for Thursday night, but $155 for Friday night. That was one of the lower priced rooms. Most others were around $200 per night. We ended up staying at the E.Com Lodge in Mt. Dora for $85.00 on Friday night, but it was a little further than we wanted to ride after enjoying the festivities all day. Please don't let your hoteliers ruin this festival.
Thank you.

From :Judy B

I just wanted to say how much my husband and myself really enjoy the Leesburg Bike Rally. We have been coming for 5-6 years and it just keeps getting better. We go all over and always have a good time in Leesburg.
Judy Ocala, Fl.

From: Michelle Cavaretta
Good morning Joe,
Again, I want to thank you and the Leesburg Partnership for your generosity to the many AA's that attended Bikefest and found The Friends of Bill W. right on Main Street.
Here are some numbers for your records. 221 people attended the eight meetings from Thursday evening thru Sunday morning at 10:30 AM.
We had over 100 visitors both on Friday and Saturday and kept the room open from 10 AM to 10 PM. 4 PM on Sunday.
There were 3 vendors who attended your event this year and past who always locate the room right after setting up. One of those vendors goes back to year one and remembers when AA was located at 705 W. Main Street all year long.
Over 40 groups were represented and signed our list by Group and City.
We collected at total of $281.00. $167.00 was from the basket we pass and $114.00 was for the water. $51.00 was deducted for coffee expenses and the balance was delivered to The Partnership on 4/27/09.
So many visitors thanked us for being there and we pass that gratitude to you. Many of our visitors are regulars to Bikefest and search out the AA room first.
Contact me anytime if you have any other questions, and I will look forward to working with you next year. I personally had a wonderful time and know I speak for the many friends (AA and not AA) that attended also. Leesburg Bikefest is the best of any bike week I have attended and I have been around for a good while.
Sincerely, Michelle Cavaretta
Thanks to Jim Miller and Tom Grizzard and the Leesburg Opera House for donating the space.
Joe Joe W. Shipes
Executive Vice President
Leesburg Partnership, Inc.

From: Tom Z
Mr. Shipes,
As a resident of Leesburg for 19yrs and a biker, I am glad to see how the bike fest has grown. I think it’s one of the greatest things to happen to Leesburg.
One question comes to mind. Why is it when something becomes successful does GREED set in? I read the paper this morning and it was noted that beer sales were down. DUH who wants to spend $4.00 for a 12 oz glass of beer and why is it only Budweiser products? I can remember when events downtown beer was $2.00, then $3.00 NOW $4.00. As the partnership puts these events together they should also be the Stewards to prevent the attendees from being ripped off. Take the common HOT DOG $3.50 come on! One can buy a whole pack for less then $2.00 wholesale.
I was there bright and early Friday and met a biker from North GA, I asked him where he was staying, he said at one of the small motels in Leesburg. He got into town Thursday and got a room for $60.00/night but if he wanted to stay Friday night it would be $100.00/nightand Saturday $125.00/ night. Biker FRIENDLY I think NOT!
I also read about the new stadiums in NY and how poorly they are doing because of high prices. Gatorland had the best idea recently when they dropped prices and were amazed to find out there attendance doubled. Bikers quit going to Daytona because e of rip offs. The old adage “ IF YOU WILL BUILD IT THEY WILL COME” is only true if you treat people fairly.
Tom Z Leesburg

You are not the first person to comment about the price increase of nightly room rates but the $4.00 beer is necessary to pay for the 40 bands and everything else that is absolutely free at the event.
I run the beer tent on 6th and Main for The Leesburg Sunset Rotary and after some 80 kegs of beer in 3 days I did not hear 1 person complain about the price of beer and after paying for their $4.00 beer they left Sunset Rotary $4,796.95 in tips!! The same 16 oz cup is $6-7.00 in Daytona and at the Magic games plus admission.
Thanks for your comments, it is indeed a super event and I like to call it 'Lake County's Economic Stimulus Package'.
Jerry Galbreath, Broker Galbreath Realty

Overall a Great Job Let it continue and maybe for 4 or 5 days.
Tom Z

Hey Tom,
The Partnership has considered extending BikeFest to more days, however we feel the citizens of Leesburg especially the close historic neighborhood that are impacted the most would not tolerate more days. Bikefest already shuts City Hall down on Friday. We also considered doing a spring and fall event but the City of Leesburg was not receptive to the idea.
Thanks again for your thoughts and ideas.
Jerry Galbreath, Broker Galbreath Realty

From: Andy Pallemaerts
Leesburg Bikefest was awesome.
Very pleased we came. We'd like the same spot next year, as we collected some very HOT leads for new bikes. As we booked late with credit card payment, I have yet to receive an Invoice which I need to get some Co-op aupport from Victory motorcycles. Any chance you could email it to me today?
Many Thanks for a great friendly event. Leesburg is a great example of how a small town can host an event and make some money. Congrats!
Regards Sincerely,
Andy Pallemaerts
Volusia Motorsports, Inc

From: Jack Fitzgerald Savannah GA
To: Lawrence Frederick of Disc-Connected K9's
Hello Lawrence I saw your Show during the Leesburg Bikefest. I throughly enjoyed watching you, your bride & your dogs perform. Keep up the great work with your rescue efforts and program. I have rescued 3 Cocker Spaniels over the years the reward to me is beyond words. As an old friend once told me" When you die you will know that you have arrived in heaven because every dog that you have loved will meet you at the gate" God Bless you, your wife and your dogs.
Thank you again for the best 30 minutes that I have ever spent at a bike rally.
Jack Fitzgerald Savannah, GA

From: Al Kennedy
I rode down with my group of bikers called JABOFOR. (Just A Bunch Of Friends Out Riding) We have been to quite a few bikefests, and have to admit that yours is by far the best.
This year was even bigger and better than last years. I would like to thank all of your staff and the many hundreds of volunteer groups that help make this event possible. JOB VERY, VERY WELL DONE!! May I wish you more success in future events.
Yours Truly.
Al Kennedy JABOFOR (Gainesvile, Fl)
Mr. Kennedy:
Thank you for taking the time to write us. Your comments will be forwarded to our City Commission. Just so you know who makes the magic happen, the Leesburg Partnership puts on the event, with support services from the City of Leesburg.
I am very glad to hear you enjoyed the event. We're hoping you good folks from JABOFOR will visit us next year!
Jay M. Evans
City Manager City of Leesburg, Florida

From: John D. Brandeburg
Dear Joe:
Hats off to you and the staff of the Partnership and your Partnership Board. I worked a lot on Friday and Saturday with our Lightning group and had just a wonderful response from our customers from all around the state. We appreciate the opportunity to serve as unofficial ambassadors (the best kind) for the City of Leesburg. And, our Lightning Baseball benefited by over $6,000 in Beer Tent and Parking.
Those are critical dollars and the community does not really understand that. I intend to send a personal e-mail to Lauren Richie (will try to take the high road) to suggest several other areas where her comments miss the mark. Here are my thoughts:
1. Community non-profit organizations benefit from working during Bikefest. As a result, most of the people who greet customers are volunteers who are happy to be there working the event on behalf of their group and the community. Therefore they are upbeat in welcoming people to Leesburg and often promoting “Be Safe” as a message.
2. County Tourism taxes are derived from the room tax charged by Lake County on hotel rooms. Hotel rooms throughout the county, and well beyond, are filled because of Leesburg’s annual Bikefest.
3. Other communities and businesses well beyond just Leesburg benefit because of the visitors who come to the county because of Bikefest. The Partnership shoulders the majority of all costs and creates an economic benefit. This is always beneficial but especially in these tough economic times.
4. The remark about the costs of the Lake county Sheriff dept was troubling to me. Where is ANY support of the vastly successful Bikefest from City of Leesburg government, and by Lake County Government? For all the talk about jobs and the economy, we STILL take an awful lot for granted.
5. City employees….many get overtime pay and get a heavier workload as a result of Bikefest. This is true for Supervisors also…who may not get overtime pay. This is still called “job security” even if everyone doesn’t understand that term is especially relevant in these times.
6. The Daily Commercial should offer you a free page (full page) to reprint some of the wonderful e-mails from those who attended the event. This is “good news” and everyone needs to read this stuff these days. Be sure to send all of those e-mails to Lauren Richie as well. She needs to read them herself and understand that they are real. Joe, I can go on and on about the Partnership successes. Bikefest is only one of them. You are a driving force for so much good in our community and I apologize for the way many in our overall community and county ignore and belittle those enormous efforts.
Thank you all for continuing to be able to put on a wonderful show and literally putting Leesburg and Lake County on the maps of a lot of people.
Kindest personal regards.
John D. Brandeburg Broker / Developer
Brandeburg Development Group, Inc.

From: Terry and Peg
Dear Joe and Sandi,
Congratulations of such a successful Bikefest weekend!
Thanks for inviting us to be a part of it.
Our kids loved the internet coverage, by the way.
Terry and Peg

From: Tim Ward
I wanted to send a "Thanks" to all of you who set up the Leesburg Bikefest. It was one of the most well run and coordinated events I have attended and participated in. I hope things went well for you. I would like to reserve the same spot next year if possible, as the guys from Rumbling Pride and I worked well together and may be doing a joint venture next year.
Once again, great job and I will talk with you soon.
Tim Ward Portable Music Company

From: Connie Czernuch
Hi Joe,
Congratulations on another successful Bikefest event. I had a great time seeing my Bikefest customers like Mike and his crew from New Port Richey, Russ and Charlene from Titusville and so many more. I have meant new customers and also my regular customers came in to shop. Along with a group of ladies who come down every year for a quilt retreat and stay at the Methodist Camp in Fruitland Park.
My husband and I enjoyed the concerts and browsing all the vendors and my husband did shop and buy things.
There is an old saying you can't judge a book by its cover. I know many ladies who are bikers and quilters. I also know many bikers who go to church. My husband who is a biker, goes to church, believes in God and country and is a very productive member of society and is a great husband, father and Papa. I myself also a biker (actually passenger), quilter, goes to church, is a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, a member of the Leesburg Chamber, Business owner, member of the Downtown Leesburg Business Association, member of the local quilt guild called Quilting Sisters and a mom, wife and a Grammie. I also do charity work.
The Bikers of today are the Baby Boomers who have work hard all their lives and now are enjoying the benefits of their hard work. All Bikers I have met are very nice people.
Leesburg Bikefest has a number of non profits rasing money so the children do not go door to door to ask for help. Leesburg Bikefest employs many people during Bikefest and lets not forget the businesses they help during Bikefest like mine. Bikefest also helps fund the other events the Partnership puts on during the year which bring people downtown.
If was great to see hotels with packed parking lots and restaurants filled and busy and hearing all the wonderful comments from the bikers about how great it is to come to Leesburg and relax for the weekend.
I look forward to next years Bikefest. Thank you for all you do to bring business to Downtown Leesburg
Connie Czernuch
A Quilter's Dream, LLC
719 W. Main Street Leesburg, Fl 34748

From: George Lawrence
I am offended by the column written by Lauren Ritchie dated May 3rd in the Orlando Sentinel about Bikefest and taxpayers.
First,the mom who could not get across town,she and the whole Lake County had more than one months advance notice of the closure of some roads in Leesburg,therfore she should have made other plans!
Leesburg partnership should be applauded for putting on Bikefest.The cost of $101,000 stated by Ms. Ritchie is far under the sales tax collected for food,lodging and alcohol consumed and used by the bikers.
Besides,the entertainment provided for many Lake and other counties made Bikefest a great way to take people's mind off our economy. Partenership director Joe Shipes and his staff have helped boost the economy of Leesburg and surrounding towns we do not tell Orlando or Daytona how to run their promotions,case closed.
I am the president of a great organization in Lake County,We provide 8 acres of our property to Abate of Lake County for a campground,Yes we do prepare food and sell beer to them.However they work closely with Leesburg in keeping bikers safe,there were 2 traffic fatalities in Leesburg.Our prayers go out to their families.How many traffic deaths do they have in Orlando over a 3 or 4 day span?
Again Leesburg Partership WE Applaud You!!!
George Lawrence Jr.
President Lake County Eagles #4273

Leesburg is a great place After attending the Leesburg Morning Market for many months, the Christmas Parade, Mardi Gras and the Leesburg Bikefest a couple of weeks ago, we want to thank the Leesburg Partnership for the great organizing job they have done for these events and others.
These events are a lot of fun and free so that anyone can attend and enjoy them. We would be remiss if we didn't say how safe we feel at these events too, due to great police and fire safety and emergency personnel that are always on hand.
It is a real treat to come into our beautiful city center and see that it is thriving. There are many businesses, restaurants, and all types of shops as well as a great library. The city of Leesburg makes you feel right at home.
Again, thank you, city of Leesburg and the Leesburg Partnership for a beautiful city and please keep up these great events for all to enjoy. We feel that the city of Leesburg is one of the best in the great state of Florida.

Robert and Barbara Beuter Leesburg

Leesburg Bikefest benefits our area
The Leesburg Partnership as its name applies, is a partnership between the citizens of Leesburg business and community leaders and the city of Leesburg, not just a group of merchants. The city of Leesburg should be proud of providing Lake County with it's own "Economic Stimulus Package" in the form of the Leesburg Bikefest, which generated millions of dollars in revenue to tax paying businesses in Lake County. Bikefest is the major fundraiser for the Leesburg Partnership, which reinvests the profits back into the community for the benefit of the citizens in the form of additional free events including: Halloween on Main Street, the Leesburg Christmas Stroll, the Christmas Parade of Lights, the Leesburg Saturday Morning Market and Mardi Gras. Thousands of citizens enjoy these free events. Bikefest, along with 40 bands playing on four stages, is free to the public, including citizens of Leesburg, and is made possible by 700-plus unpaid volunteers who give from three hours to three days of their time to help make the event a success. Last year, Bikefest generated over $100,000 to local non-profit charity organizations. One example is the Leesburg Sunset Rotary Club that had 79 volunteers working in their venue and generated $4,795 during Bikefest. This money will be recycled back to the youth of Leesburg in the form of scholarships, etc.
According to a survey completed at Bikefest this year, 17 percent of those attending were from the Leesburg area. Of those attending, most everyone thought Bikefest was an outstanding event.
Jerry Galbreath Leesburg
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Sent: Friday, May 11, 2007 2:54 PM
Subject: Late Letter

Greetings Leesburg Bikefest:
Tom "T-bone" Nolan here for his 7th year at the Festival. Notice on the past letters I have complained about the High Draft beer prices. This year the $4.00 did not bother me as much with all the entertainment that was given.
My Goodness! Seven stages of entertainment, and I found some type of Country Music on at least one if not two stages during the day.
They say if Rock & Roll, bothers you, then you are too old. I guess at 50, I am to old! I just cannot stand the banging of the Rock and Roll, just like to enjoy my music like I enjoy life nice and easy.
The crowds grow Larger each year which is a good thing, but you could spread it out to more then a few side streets.
This would take the load of people off Main street and the back of the bank parking lot. It would spread them out for a few city blocks.
You have a wonderful festival that will keep growing, and growing each year. Spread the seven stages out a little more and use 3 or 4 city side streets to spread the people out and you will continue to grow.
I have already rented our groups rooms for next year, which is my advice to all readers.
Tom "T-bone" Nolan
Jax Fla

From: Bill Chrisman
Sent: Tuesday, May 08, 2007 3:22 PM
To: Police
Subject: A Job Well Done!!!


I would like to extend a heart felt "thank you" to each and every member of the Leesburg Police Department who had a hand in this year's Bikefest. I am extremely proud of the efforts that each of you demonstrated during this taxing event. Thanks to you, (x-number) motorcycle enthusiasts from throughout the state and country came to Leesburg, enjoyed themselves, and left with a feeling of satisfaction. Whether you helped with the pre-planning, or worked the actual event, or covered your normal responsibilities, or provided vital communications for those in the field, or greeted visitors in the lobby or by telephone, you can take pride in the efforts displayed during the 2007 Bikefest. You performed your duties with a sense of purpose. You worked hand in hand with numerous outside agencies, pulling together as one team. You earned the respect of your peers for a job well done!

I have received, and continue to receive compliments from visitors expressing their sincere appreciation for your efforts. People complimented the manner that you carried out your duties and by the professional appearance you exhibited during the long weekend. Several thousand of your newest friends are already planning on coming back next year for another cordial visit. I am grateful for every effort displayed by our staff. Thank you!

Police Chief Bill Chrisman

From: Melissa Crispo
To: ;
Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2007 9:21 AM
Subject: Melissa Crispo

I attended the Leesburg Bike Festival this past weekend. Wow....what a great event! I was truly impressed with your display, stage setup, and your custom bikes.
I am a professional musician/performer based out of Orlando. I would love to be a part of any future events you may have. I have just recently performed my 6th show at the Hard Rock live in Orlando, and perform each year at several Harley Davidson events. I have opened for such national acts as STYX & Jefferson Starship. I perform acoustic solo, or full band, originals & rock covers from 70's to todays hits. You can check out more information at my website, including music, photos, video and tour dates, or you can contact me.

I look forward to working with you in the near future.

Thank you for your consideration,

Melissa Crispo
(407) 924-7479
Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2007 6:49 PM
Subject: SpeShees

The Rats Hole Stage was the place to be at Bike Fest...glad we were a part of it, we had a blast!!! Anytime you need a band that rocks, give us a call (or email).


Deb Cox
352 383-1722 home/work
352 258-8478 cell

From: A Quilters Dream [mailto: ]
Sent: Thursday, May 03, 2007 11:06 PM
Cc: Sandi Moore
Subject: Bikefest not a complaint
Dear Joe, I know many people have complaints about BikeFest but I am not one of them. I just wanted to say that I had a great time at Bikefest. My store did very well. I meet a lot of people including the yearly customers who come in to have patches sewn on or just to say hello. I was sewing on patches for 2 little ones and their Aunt/Mom told me she asked were could she get these patches sewn on and 5 people who were in the vendors booth said "The quilt shop lady sews them one and is she is very nice". That was the best compliment I could get. I was so exhausted by the end of the weekend but it was well worth it. Ilook forward to BikeFest every year and talk about it all year. Yes Bikers are Quilters or Quilters are Bikers. I received many comments about my quilts in the window which I make just for BikeFest.
Connie Czernuch
A Quilter's Dream
719 W. Main Street
Leesburg, Fl 34748

From: Cheryle Johnson [mailto: ]
Sent: Monday, May 07, 2007 3:42 PM
To: Joe Shipes
Subject: FW: Bike Fest and Main Street

Hello, my name is Cheryle Allen Johnson. I worked on Main Street at Ezell’s Department Store from 1975 until the day they closed the doors. I saw Main Street in the years that it was hustle bustle and everyone shopped on Main Street. Then regretfully I saw the days when all the major stores left and went to the new Mall.

This was my second year attending Bike Fest. Last year I was impressed with the turn out and how well organized the event was and this year I was more so. It was so nice to see Main Street being visited by so many people. I felt the volenteers did a wonderful job. The Leesburg Partnership did such a Great Job bringing such a great event to Main Street Leesburg!!!! I felt it was extremely well planned out and Monday after the event I had to go downtown for business and was shocked to see hardly any signs of such a big event. Hats off to everyone that participated in this event!!!!!

Cheryle Johnson
Buchanan Health Group
Marketing Director

Subject: Great show
As usual the bikefest was great! It is sure growing and the vendor setup down several streets was a lot better. I don't know how anyone could lack for entertainment. I am very disappointed in my fellow bikers and citizens. There was no lack of trash cans for placing litter and yet so many people just dropped their trash where they stood. Are they too lazy to walk a few feet to a trash can. Come on folks, we are HOG owners not hogs. The city of Leesburg and all the people that work so hard to put on this event deserve a little respect. Pick up your own trash!!!!! Katie Proctor
Great time. We went for the first time this year. I dont think I will ever go back to Daytona.
You do a great job of handling alot of people. Well organized and thought out.
The folks at all the booths we went to were very nice and pleasant. Even heard the sheriff's telling people to have a nice time. We parked on a side street down a few blocks and walking people in their yards told us to have a good time...very welcoming.
I wouldnt change a thing. We will be back next year.
L James
Middleburg FL
That was the most unwise thing to do.
Turning off the web cam,
I have invited 100ths of Fiends to visit Leesburg Bike week, use the web cam to check it out , see how much fun we have.
I would add 3-4 web cams for next years Bike week, and don`t turn them off, what an opportunity to advertise and bring in $$$$

Sent: Tuesday, May 01, 2007 1:58 PM
To: Joe Shipes
Subject: Bike Fest
As a professional in the work place and a bike rider…I found it very upsetting that the Leesburg Bikefest did not provide any NA beer in any of the Bud Trucks/Trailers that the Leesburg Partnership hired for this event. I called Wayne Densch Distributors and was given the Leesburg Partnership organization as the driving force behind what is offered at the fest. Yes they did offer waters as did everybody on the street for charity organizations all well and good, Sodas also offered also well and good…but nothing beats an ICE COLD BEER on a hot day.
NA BEER on a bike is a NO BRAINER!
I love to party don’t get me wrong, but not on a bike. I had a great time, this was my first time at Leesburg and I will make it a point to go next year and would hope that you would take this into consideration when looking forward to next year to promote being responsible vendor.
Frank’s place was the only location that we did find NA beer. I do understand that you have NO control over what is offered at any establishment but you do at the fest.
Drinking and driving takes place everyday. I understand this and I’m not here to judge anybody…all I’m doing is asking for something that is needed and wanted in the future by many riders. I look forward to next years Bikefest.
Thank you for taking the time to hear my concerns.
David Visby

Subject: Patches and shirts
Hey, just wanted to drop you a line and say that I thought this year’s festival was awesome. First time I was able to come and my friends and I had a great time.
The only thing negative we wanted to comment on was that this was one of the only rallies any of us have ever gone to and not bought a t-shirt or a patch. Please, next year get a better designer for your shirts and come up with an original patch. Those were so generic.

Otherwise, great job! We will definitely come back next year. Whether or not we buy a shirt or patch is up to you…
While I am at it, have you ever thought of having two rallies a year: Spring and Fall? I personally would much rather come back to Leesburg in the Fall rather than Biketoberfest! I’ll bet a lot of others would too! You should run a poll on your website.
Thanks again,
Bryan Broehm
West Palm Beach

Subject: Official vendor

I had attended this event in 2006 and there were many vendors selling shirts. In 2007 I was unable to buy an official shirt because the "official vendor" ran out of 2x on Friday. Please understand my frustration. I spent a lot of money to attend this event and would have loved to get a shirt. Please consider NOT letting one vendor control the shirts for your next event.
Thank you.
Steve (norm99)