Winchester Bike Nights are back

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A popular series of motorcycle shows will be returning to North Dundas, though event-goers will have to wait longer than they bargained for to take in the first show. The first Winchester Bike Night since 2019 was scheduled to take place June 9, but was cancelled due to rain. Bike Night events did not take place in 2020 and 2021 due to restrictions and safety concerns brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic. There was no rain date for the June 9 show, but there are three upcoming monthly shows on July 14, August 11, and September 8. 

“Gather your friends, get your bikes and come out for a sweet ride to Winchester to enjoy live music, food vendors and more!” reads a promotional post on the Township of North Dundas website. The Bike Nights are being run by the Winchester Downtown Revitalization Committee. Last Thursday’s event was supposed to feature live music from The Last of the Duke Street Kings, a Bruce Springsteen tribute band. It is reported that the band will instead be invited to contribute entertainment for one of the other nights instead. All of the Bike Night events will offer food from local vendors, including Iron Forge, Scoop of Jo’s, Milanos, and more. The events also feature local craft beer and wine. 

New this year is that each event will feature a different “Manufacturer on Main”, referring to different motorcycle manufacturers. The June 9 event was set to feature Freedom Harley Davidson of Ottawa, displaying their newest motorcycles as well as vintage models, with Harley staff on site. It is unclear if Freedom Harley Davidson will be on site for a future event. Also new this year is the “Bike of the Month” exhibit, which will change with each event. The June 9 event was supposed to feature a 1956 DKW motorcycle belonging to Bill Zandbelt. The stunning bike was Bill’s first motorcycle, though he did not keep it long. He sold it, and it was bought back and returned to him as a gift for his 90th birthday in 2020. It is unclear at this time whether the beautifully restored bike will be on display at a future event instead. 

Admission to any of the Bike Night events is free of charge, thanks to the sponsors who made the event possible. The events begin at 5pm and run until 9pm, and take place in the area surrounding Sweet Corner Park at the intersection of Main Street and St. Lawrence Street. During the events, Main Street is closed to vehicle traffic from Mill Street to Louise Street North, and St. Lawrence Street is closed from Main Street to Caleb Street.

More information about the events, including upcoming “Manufacturer on Main” and “Bike of the Month” exhibits, can be found on the Winchester Downtown Revitalization Committee Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/winchesterDRC/. 

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