Motorcycle lovers celebrate Bainbridge BikeFest 2014

Motorcycle lovers celebrate Bainbridge BikeFest 2014
BikeFest bikers
BikeFest bikers
Performers' stage at BikeFest
Performers' stage at BikeFest

BAINBRIDGE, GA (WALB) - Motorcycle lovers from across the southeast are in Bainbridge for the city's annual BikeFest.

This event is about fun and helping a number of good causes.

It takes over 200 volunteers to set up for Bainbridge's annual BikeFest.  And this year, popular bands like JACKYL are expected to bring in the event's biggest crowd.

Bainbridge BikeFest treasurer Kristie Webb said, "If you miss it, it's on you because you're missing out on it all. He's going to put on a show."

Bainbridge BikeFest Chairman Robert Tate has been with the organization for 12 years.

He said it's more than just good music, food, and drinks.

It's about giving back.

Tate said, "I'm hoping we're going to be giving away $50,000 to $60,000 this year."

Over the past 16 years, BikeFest has raised almost $900,000 for charities such as Shriner's Hospitals International, the Salvation Army, and Juvenile Diabetes Research foundation.

Staff member Craig Webb said, "That's why I'm still here. That's what it's about."

And this year's event is dedicated to one of the organization's long-time friends Clowers Godwin who died of cancer last year.

Tate said, "We try to dedicate each year to something special and we're dedicating this year to him. We really miss him."

The BikeFest continues Saturday with a Poker Run and Bike Show in downtown Bainbridge.

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