Organizers of Whitesburg’s monthly “Bike Nite” say they have obtained the permit necessary to continued holding the event on Main Street.
Donna Halcomb, spokesperson for the Bike Nite committee said she was handed the permit while visiting the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s District 12 office in Pikeville Tuesday afternoon.
“We’re good to go,” Halcomb said, adding that Bike Nite’s next scheduled event will go on as planned, beginning at 6 p.m. on June 14. “If the city tells us they don’t want us, that’s a different matter. If they tell us that, we’ll leave their city and we won’t come back.”
Halcomb and other members of the Bike Nite committee attended the May meeting of the city council last week after being told by city officials the committee would have to have a permit from the state in order to continue blocking a portion of Main Street for the event.
Holcomb said she obtained the permit after obtaining letters of endorsement from Whitesburg Mayor James Wiley Craft, Letcher County Tourism Committee Chairman Dr. David Narramore, and Letcher County Judge/Executive Jim Ward.
“Thank you, Kentucky Department of Highways, for granting the necessary permit required to block state highway portion through Whitesburg,” said Halcomb.
Halcomb said Main Street is blocked off for motorcycle parking on the second Saturday of each month from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. She said downtown merchants and residents are notified before each event.
“For those not familiar with Whitesburg Bike Nite events, the committee hosts various charity rides for charities to fight autism, help foster children, and help the Shiners. We also honor veterans.”
Halcomb said the free event, which is in its seventh year, offers skilled motorcycle games, games for children, and a free public concert.
“ You do not have to own a motorcycle to attend,” she said. “There is vehicle parking available throughout the city. There is no age limit, so bring the family, invite friends, and say howdy to a stranger.”
Halcomb said local school or church organizations sell concessions.