Organizers of last weekend's Bike Fest in Corpus Christi had promised to bring some 10,000 motorcyclists to town and provide a welcome boost for the economy.
It turns out, the event was even more successful than they first thought.
Bike Fest was born on South Padre Island 19 years ago. This year, the group moved the event to Corpus Christi, and it really paid off. The organization attracted the largest numbers of bikers in its history.
This past weekend, it was hard to go anywhere without seeing a biker or two. There were all kinds of events set up for the bikers -- everything from midget wrestling to a concert featuring Joan Jett and Quiet Riot.
The Roar by the Shore Bike Fest is a non-profit organization that raises money to help out other local non-profits. It also provided a real boost for the tourism industry, according to the Convention and Visitors Bureau.
"As you know, this was the 20th anniversary, so it is the largest Bike Fest on record, and it's the first year for Corpus Christi," said Colette Rye of the Convention and Visitors Bureau. "And we have a lot of room to grow, and we think it's going to be even bigger and better next year."
According to the CVB, there were 14,219 people registered for the event, with a $5.2 million impact on the city. However, a number of bikes did not register, so officials believe the economic impact could be over $10 million.
The City is already making plans for next year's Bike Fest, and they hope to try to push the number of bikers to 20,000.
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