Atlantic Beach Bikefest comes to a close

By Chandi Lowry - bio | email

ATLANTIC BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Atlantic Beach Bikefest ended on Monday with a Memorial Day ceremony.

Town Manager William Booker said based on the large turnout, he's pleased with the festival.

"Judging from how I saw people responding to the activities and the comments that I received, I would say it was an overwhelming success," Booker said.

He said the town is looking at what they can change to make it better for next year.

"It's always important to step back and look at what went well and what opportunities you have to improve. We'll be doing that next week and then we'll try to take advantage of those improvement opportunities," Booker explained.

Some vendors, however, expressed one concern.  They hope the price of permits will be lowered in the future. Although a lot of people showed up for the Bikefest, James Daniels said the competition was steep and he didn't make as much money as he wanted.

"It was a good turnout, but there were a lot of vendors out here and the permit [cost] is high, but I can understand why. People are trying to keep Atlantic Beach and this is the only week when they are going to make money, so they got to take advantage of that," said Daniels.

Daniels said he'll continue to support the town because this year, Bikfest had more activities for bikers and their families.

Booker claims he plans on meeting with other town leaders next week to go over the event and figure out how much money was generated.

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