Atlantic Beach BikeFest vendors see little action

ATLANTIC BEACH, SC (WMBF) The Atlantic Beach Bikefest officially starts Friday, on paper anyway, but most organizers are saying the event won't actually kick-off until next week.

But with the recently expanded dates printed on vendor registration packets, some vendors are confused as to when they should show up.

Since the town council voted to expand the festival to 10 days, some vendors are coming down to the beach earlier. But those vendors are finding out nothing is actually happening during the expanded part of the week, and things are pretty quiet.

"Because we saw the event was expanded," said CJ, who says he's been an Atlantic Beach BikeFest vendor for several years. "So we were hoping to operate early and get more days and make more money." But now his plans are on hold until next week.

Town officials say because of the last minute change, they aren't expecting bikers to head to the beach early for the new dates. But vendors want to know why event organizers are still selling permits for those early days.

"Vendors can be here all they want to but if you don't have the customers, you know it's kind of useless," said Atlantic Beach resident John Skeeter.

Officials with the town of Atlantic Beach tell WMBF News they were forced to expand the BikeFest to 10 days because of DHEC regulations on festivals. Even though they're not expecting many bikers to come in the beginning this year, Councilwoman Carolyn Cole says hopefully this will lay out the ground work to expand the fest in the future.

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