It's a fundraiser for Alpha House, NEEDS Center. Events will run through Sunday in downtown Taft
Taft has become a mecca for off-road motorcycle enthusiasts, and now the street bikes are coming to see what Taft is all about.
The first annual Taft Bike Fest is almost here.
It promises not only a long holiday weekend of events, but its all for a good cause. it's a fundraiser for Alpha House and the NEEDS Center.
No one is quite sure how big its going to be, but organizer Gene Jones said there is a lot of interest from all over the region.
He guessed as many as 3,000 to 4,000 people could show up but didn't want to make an estimate.
“I don't know,” Jones said Tuesday. “I'm getting calls from people in Oregon, Phoenix, different bike clubs from all over.”
There has been a lot of entrance from vendors, too. Shannon Jones, events coordinator for the taft Chamber of Commerce, said about 35 booths have been reserved by Tuesday afternoon
One thing that is certain is there is going to be plenty of beer, plenty of events and plenty of bands over the next five days.
A full weekend of events ranging from burnout contests to lawnmower races to a big poker run on Sunday will give both riders and spectators a lot to do and see.
Vendor booths and the headquarters tent will be along Rails to Trails near the Fifth Street Plaza.
Sixth Street and Fourth Street will be closed to traffic beween Main Street and Supply Row from 6 a.m. Friday through 8 p.m. Sunday.
Supply Row will be closed from Fourth to Tenth during the same time period.
Main Street between Fourth and Fifth will be closed between 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
The big events will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday over the Labor Day weekend but things get started Wednesday night with Bike Night at Chilled & Grilled, 621 Center St. from 6 p.m. until closing with a live band and drink and dinner food specials.
The Pioneer Mercantile Building at Fifth and Main is opening again for the Taft Bike Fest as the Pioneer Bar and Saloon starting Thursday and will have a live band (H?ist) and drink specials from 4 p.m. to closing.
The action really gets underway Friday and the Rails to Trails area takes center stage.
The main stage (on the east side of Sixth Street on the north side of Rails to Trails) will have a DJ from noon to 5 p.m. with live bands taking over from 5 p.m. to at least 11:30 p.m.
Beer gardens operated by Chilled & Grilled and the Taft Petroleum Club will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. on Rails to Trails.
Schedule of Events:
(Time and events are subject to change)
6 p.m. to close:
Bike Night at Chilled and Grilled 621 Center
St. with band and drink and food specials
Thursday: 4 p.m. to closing:
Pioneer Bar and Saloon (Fifth and Main)
Grand opening with live Band “H?ist” and drinks specials
5-6:15 Every King a Crown
7-8:15 All the Kings Men
6-8:30 p.m. Bike Game Practice
Vendor Area opens noon to 9 p.m.
Saturday: Main Stage
9 a.m.-1 D.J.
1-2 pin up girls
2:30-3 Pin up winners announced
3:15-3:30 Bike contest winners announced
5:45-6:45 Lunatic Fringe
9:15-11:45pm Last Chance Band
11am-11:45 Street Bike Stunts
12-12:45 Slow Drag
1:45-2:30 Bite the Weenie
4-4:45 Street Bike Stunts
5-6pm Burn Outs
Beer Gardens open 9am to 1:30am
5th Street Plaza
Bike contest sign-ups 9am -12pm
12-2 bike contest judging
Vendor Area open 9am to 9pm
Pit Bikes, Go-Karts and Lawnmowers 12:00pm-4:00
9 a.m. to 2 p.m. D.J.
Beer Gardens open 9am to 2pm
Vendors open 9am to 12pm
Lunatic Fringe and All the Kings Men time TBA
Bloody Mary Contest 9 a.m.-noon
Sign-ups at 8:30 am alcohol provided
2 -5 p.m. Start at Pioneer Bar and Saloon ride Highway 33. First stop The
Place in Ventucopa, second stop at Reyes Creek, third stop Madd Baileys Pub in Pine
Mountain Club then scenic route back to Pioneer Bar and Saloon for final card draw,
food, refreshments and music.
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