Lehighton Bike Night moving to Lansford?
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lansford resident Joseph Butrie on Wednesday pitches the idea of moving Lehighton's annual Bike Night to Lansford. Council later voted to support the idea.
Will a popular Lehighton motorcycle event that raises money for police and fire departments be moving to Lansford?
Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to support the proposal to hold an annual Bike Night in the borough.
Bike Night, which each August for the past 12 years has drawn tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to Lehighton, ended last month when its organizers, Louise and Bud Stofik, told borough leaders they needed to step down, and that no one could be found to steer the event.
Over the years, Bike Night raised more than $100,000 for the Lehighton police and fire departments and nonprofit organizations.
On Wednesday, Lansford resident Joseph Butrie pitched the idea to council, saying that he and other members of the American Legion Riders want to keep the annual event revved up and running in the borough.
"We would like to try and (move) Lehighton Bike Night to Lansford," he said. "It would be Lansford Bike Night. Any proceeds would be turned back into the borough," he said.
Butrie said the event would be "a family-oriented bike night" and that alcohol would be prohibited. Various members of council who are familiar with Bike Night said there were few problems despite the enormous crowds the event draws. Typically, Bike Night attracts more than a thousand motorcyclists and their often uniquely constructed bikes.
Butrie said vendors for the event would likely follow it to wherever it would move.
He said the scope of the event would range "from the laundromat to the AMVETS."
Butrie said the group would like to hold the event on the second Saturday in August.
Council President Adam Webber said he would "be happy to sit and talk with you and talk about it."
Councilwoman Mary Kruczek initially declined to vote, saying she needed more details. However, after some discussion, she said she supported the event coming to Lansford and joined her colleagues in voting to that effect.
Louise Stofik spoke with Lehighton Borough Council on Jan. 24. At that meeting, she suggested that the Lehighton Downtown Improvement Organization take over Bike Night, according to a previous story in the TIMES NEWS. It was not clear Wednesday whether the group would be willing to do that.