On Saturday night, more than 400 people convened in Courtland Festival Park to enjoy the annual Bike Night held by the Appomattox County Chamber of Commerce.
Music was provided by Out of Spite, and BBQ, catfish and hotdogs were available from The Fishin’ Pig restaurant. Harley-Davidson of Lynchburg exhibited several models of motorcycles and gave out promotional materials. A reception tent was set-up by the Christian motorcycle group, Iron Witness. Competitors of all ages enjoyed the corn hole boards.
Chamber President John Redding stated that this was, by far, the most successful music event ever held by the Chamber. He believes that several factors created the “perfect storm” for the success of the night. First of all, Redding said that the event was well-promoted. Harley-Davidson and The Fishin’ Pig reached many that were beyond the normal access through social media and other efforts by the Chamber. The fact that this year, the Chamber opted to not hold music events in earlier months may have also contributed.
According to the Chamber, a very critical positive factor was the weather.
“The day and evening were hot without being stifling,” the Chamber stated. “The skies were clear with no threat of rain, so bikers and others felt secure to leave home and plan to spend the evening out.”
A final factor was the venue. The Chamber stated that Courtland Festival Park is an excellent environment that is spacious and comfortable. The two pavilions provide locations for food and beverage dispensing, and with restrooms in each plus one in the stage structure, comfort and convenience are improved over the porta-potties at previous events.
As trees mature, the park will only improve as a location for similar gatherings,” the Chamber stated. “Our community is lucky to have such a facility.”
The Chamber’s next music event is planned for Saturday, Sept. 14, again at Courtland Festival Park. The band Bo-Zac will perform, and the Appomattox County Historical Society will be offering food.
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