The party starts in two days.
More than 250,000 people are expected to fill the streets of downtown Leesburg from Friday through Sunday for the annual Bikefest. Motorcycle owners and enthusiasts will gather for a celebration of the biker culture.
But let’s face it: Man does not live on chrome and horsepower alone, and plenty of other well-designed chassis will be on display. Six hot body competitions are scheduled, starting at 1pm Friday with the Ms. Budweiser contest at The Swamp, near Palmetto and Main streets.
The other competitions include Ms. Bikefest, Ms. Pin-Up, Ms. Ratmate, and, new this year, Ms. Daisy Dukes. And for the ladies, if they insist, there’s a Mr. Luckyman event. That’s a lot of flesh to be flaunted, but it’s all part of the Bikefest fun.
The world’s largest three-day motorcycle and music event will take over the streets starting at 9am Friday, April 27. The 22nd annual event will be packed into 30 blocks and eight venues with more than 55 concerts, more than 200 vendors, amazing bike and stunt shows, and, of course, thousands of motorcycles in every direction.
Hours are 9am-2am Friday and Saturday, and 9am-5pm Sunday. Headliner musical acts at the Towne Square stage include Cinderella’s Tom Keifer at 10pm Friday; Scott Stapp, of Creed, at 9pm Saturday; and Colt Ford at 3pm Sunday.
For the complete event schedule and information on parking and shuttles, see leesburgbikefest.com
For residents, city offices will close to accommodate Bikefest. Leesburg City Hall, 501 W. Meadow Street, will be closed Friday. Offices include customer service, the city clerk, finance, human resources, and the city manager. The Municipal Services Center, 204 N. 5th St., which includes the building, planning and zoning, purchasing, IT, and GIS departments, also will close Friday.
All city offices will open again on Monday, April 30.
The customer service drive-through payment window will close at 4:30pm Wednesday. Customers may make utility payments by using: leesburgflorida.gov; automated phone service at 352.728.9810; any Amscot office (visit amscot.com for locations); fidelityexpress.com; or these Fidelity Express payment centers (convenience fees will apply):
- 7 Star Discount, 2005 W. Main St., Leesburg; 352.728.2290.
- 7 Star Discount, 103 N. Dixie Ave., Fruitland Park; 352.787.7557.
- Right Way Foods, 11100 California St., Leesburg; 352.343.5001.
- Bob’s Zippy Market #1, 311 N. Dixie Ave., Fruitland Park; 352.728.4744.
- Bob’s Zippy Market #2, 1501 South St., Leesburg; 352.728.3378.
- Lady Lake Mobile, 841 S. U.S. Highway 441, Lady Lake; 352.750.0221.
The Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St., will close at 5pm Thursday, April 26, and reopen at 9am Monday. The book drop also will be closed during this time. The library will grant an extension for all materials due back during the weekend of Bikefest. The adjusted due date for those materials will be Monday, April 30.