If you hear the roaring of motorcycles this weekend, know that the Roar by the Shore Bike Fest has begun.
In fact, bike enthusiasts have invaded the American Bank Center arena already. The Fest is expected to bring thousands of riders from all over the state to Corpus Christi.
On Friday, it was a shoppers paradise -- everything a bike lover could dream of.
"Oh yes, this is right for us," said Alecia Peck of Jaw Dropping Customs. "We like to get out here and just get our name out, and let everybody know that we're here in town and we do good work."
"I think it's going to be good for the city, for the town," Harley Davidson vendor Alma Lopez said. "There's a lot of money coming in. I think it's going to be great for us."
Ride organizer Ray Soto was the "concierge" of the event, giving bikers tips on where to go for Saturday's big ride.
"They're out riding," Soto said. "They're going to want to have a beverage, a soda pop, a beer, hamburgers, hot dogs, whatever, you know, so we're spreading the wealth around."
This is the first time in 19 years that the Roar by the Shore Bike Fest is not taking place on South Padre Island.
"We basically outgrew South Padre Island back home, unfortunately," Soto said. "We had 19 great years there. Now we're here and Corpus has opened their arms to us. Corpus has been phenomenal."
The Convention and Visitors Bureau expects the surge of weekend visitors to drop close to $6 million into our local economy.
Plus, Bike Fest wouldn't be complete without music. On Friday, bands were already prepping for a show, but there will also be big concerts by Travis Tritt and Joan Jett.
There will also be a Fight Night event, featuring MMA fighting.
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