Jim Abbott on Travel
Postcards from Florida
October 9, 2010
It's heavenly weather for being on a motorcycle in Florida, which is perfect timing because Biketoberfest is ready to motor into the Daytona Beach area again starting on Thursday.
The 18th annual event, which runs through Oct. 17, includes so many touring rides, bike shows, concerts and other events that it would be impossible to list them all here. Visit biketoberfest.org or call the Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at 866-296-8970 for details.
There also are Biketoberfest Visitor Information Centers inside the Daytona 500 Experience at the Daytona International Speedway and at Bruce Rossmeyer's Destination Daytona in Ormond Beach.
Here are some of the highlights:
•World Famous Main Street Rally (all weekend): People and bikes from all over the world gather on Main Street in Daytona Beach to take in the scene (and the noise). Call 386-252-1922 for details.
•Boardwalk Classic Bike Show (9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Friday) One-of-a-kind bikes are showcased in a beachfront setting at Main Street and Ocean Avenue. (386-253-0254)
•2nd Annual Jam For America (2 p.m. Saturday): This year's concert features Gretchen Wilson, John Anderson, Bucky Covington, Chris Cagle and The JaneDear Girls at City Island Park in Daytona Beach. Tickets are $25 in advance, $35 day of show, free for ages 12 and under. (386- 322-3600)
•Biketoberfest Bike Blessing (5 p.m. Saturday, 9:30 a.m. Sunday): A Biketoberfest tradition, the ceremony takes place at the Basilica of St. Paul Catholic Church, 317 Mullally St., Daytona Beach.
•Daytona International Speedway events (all weekend): Bikers can try demo rides, visit the midway to gander at parts and accessories, take track tours and enjoy free admission Thursday-Saturday to the Daytona 500 Experience. (1-800-748-7467)
•Jamfest 2010 (2 p.m. Saturday): Uncle Kracker, Tracy Lawrence, Wade Williams, Anthony Wild and the Suspects, Mandy Brooke and Crashrocket headline this show at Edgewater Ranch, at exit 442 on I-95, 20 miles south of Daytona Beach. Gates open at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 advance (at Dustin's restaurants), $20 at the gate.
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