By Dennis Biviano
If you plan on attending any outdoor events this weekend, you may want to have an umbrella. We could be in store for a soggy weekend.
Those attending day one of the Capital City Bikefest say, rain or shine, the event must go on.
"The riders are die-hards. They're gonna come down here regardless,” said the Director of Marketing and Promotion for Ray Price Harley Davidson Kris Weiss.
Weiss says the Capital City Bikefest was the first event held in downtown Raleigh when Fayetteville Street re-opened 11 years ago. And since then, there's been some years dampened by the rain, but volunteers always find a way to push through the ride.
"When it rains like this, we put on our rain suit. The bikes are waterproof, and we still have a good time anyway,” said Weiss.
The three day event features local vendors, food, live music, contests and the opportunity for local bike enthusiasts to talk about their passions.
"We'll still leave our rain suits on. We're still going to fly our colors of course. And of course we're gonna get out and ride because we want to make sure that we still support that community center and raise as music funds as we can,” said Raleigh Buffalo Soldiers Motorcyle Club member Donald Mial.
"We're not going to reach as many people as we would have, but we've already had one member to sign up. So it's been a good day for us so far and, we many have to move the tables back and hunker down, but we'll make it through,” said American Legion member Monica Cash.
Downtown food vendors and restaurant owners along Fayetteville Street say they hope the wet weather doesn’t hurt their bottom line.
"I just hope it's not going to be a total washout,” said local vendor Ranate Parker.
Proceeds from the three day Capital City Bikefest go toward the USO of North Carolina and the US Veterans Corp.
The Bikefest runs from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday and 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.
There are also several outdoor events planned around the Triangle this weekend including the Fayetteville Folk Festival, Mule Day in Benson, The Carrboro Music Festival, as well as home games for both Duke and UNC football teams
For more than 30 years, Ray Price Harley-Davidson has served as the center of motorcycle culture in Raleigh, N.C., and among the Southeast’s top motorcycle dealerships. Home to Hall-of-Fame racing legend Ray Price, dealership staff have centuries of combined Harley riding experience to provide award-winning customer service and education programs for beginners-to-expert riders. Ray Price was again named a 2014 Dealernews Top 100 business, as well as a Powersports Business Power 50 Dealer. The team actively supports area charities through a wide range of philanthropy projects. Ray Price Racing won the National Hot Rod Association’s (NHRA) Top Fuel Harley Championship in 2014 and 2015.