Bike Night restart Lehighton group will retain event for the borough
CHRIS PARKER/TIMES NEWS Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee vice-president Brenda Koons, Thunder Mountain Motorcycle Club president Bud Stofik and Louise Stofik sit on cycles at the Stofik's shop in Lehighton. The LDIC has agreed to take over the job of organizing Bike Night, which the Stofiks have managed for 12 years.
It looks like Bike Night will stay where it has flourished for the past 12 years: in Lehighton.
The popular event, held on the second Saturday in August, draws tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts and has raised about $100,000 over the years for the borough's police and fire departments and non-profit organizations.
But in January, organizers Louise and Bud Stofik told borough council they could no longer run the event.
On Friday, the Lehighton Downtown Initiative Committee announced it will be taking over Bike Night.
"We had our monthly meeting and talked it over, and decided we would take it on," said vice-president Brenda Koons.
The Stofiks will stay on board to guide the transition.
"Louise and Bud will help us," Koons said. "They are going to stay on as our liaison. They will be there as back-up for us - to guide us, to help us - since this will be our first year."
Koons said the group is looking forward to running the event. Bike Night will continue to be held on the second Saturday in August, which is Aug. 13 this year.
"We're looking to find a sponsor or sponsors for the event," Koons said.
The group will also reprise its Lehighton Amazing Race, held for the first time last year. Modeled after the popular television show, the event drew a good response last year. It will be held at 9 a.m. the morning of Aug. 13.
The LDIC is also seeking donations from individuals and businesses so it can top off Bike Night with a spectacular fireworks display.
On Friday afternoon at the Stofik's Lehighton business, The Bike Shop, Louise Stofik said she and Bud are thrilled to remain active in what has been their baby for a dozen years.
"Thunder Mountain Motorcycle Club and The Bike Shop will be the liaison to LDIC for Bike Night, so we'll still have a very active role behind the scenes, putting the show on," she said. "We'll still be a driving force behind it. We'll be working pinky-to-pinky with Brenda."
LDIC's announcement came two days after Lansford resident Joseph Butrie asked that borough's council if it would support the idea of moving Bike Night to Lansford. Council voted unanimously in favor of hosting the event, should it come to the borough. Butrie said his club, the American Legion Riders, would coordinate the event if new organizers could not be found to keep it in Lehighton.
Butrie has an unlisted number and could not be reached for comment Friday. Council president Adam Webber did not immediately respond to an emailed message seeking comment.
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