NEWFANE – Newfane residents and shopkeepers are looking forward to a busy weekend as the annual Bike Cruise kicks off the festivities Friday night, and the August Fest takes center stage Saturday.
The motorcycle cruise attracted “just short of a thousand bikes last year,” according to one of its organizers, Sue Neidlinger, of the Newfane Business Association. She said Main Street will be closed to accommodate the event, which runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and will feature the music of “The Weight.”
Attendance is totally weather-dependent, but Neidlinger warned, “Sometimes, even if it’s raining in Buffalo, it’s not raining in Newfane, and we do this rain or shine.”
Around a dozen vendors will offer everything from tie-dye items to sunglasses as well as motorcycle-related accessories. There will be the Depot Open Air Bar, barbecue and offerings from local businesses, such as Wilson’s Pizza Shop, Scotchie’s Ice Cream and Three Sisters Bakery.
One of the sponsors, the Niagara Falls Harley Group Chapter, has long been relied on for its volunteer help with this event, Neidlinger said.
“They help out every single year, and we donate some money in their name to one of their causes in return,” she said.
Other sponsors include Certo Brothers Distributing and the Kantor Law Firm. All makes and models of motorcycles are welcome.
The parade gets the August Fest off and running at 11 a.m. Saturday. Family entertainment, an art show and more than 40 craft and food vendors will add to the fun on Main Street, which will remain closed until 4 p.m.
Newfane United Methodist Church will offer a chicken barbecue, while pizza, ice cream and baked goods from local businesses will again be available for purchase.
“This is Newfane’s Main Street summer event, and it’s a time to get out and shop, support local businesses and see people you haven’t seen since last year,” said Neidlinger.
In addition to the Newfane Business Association, sponsors include; MPD Architecture, M&T Bank and First Niagara Bank and Insurance.
Vendor applications will be accepted up to the last minute, provided there is space, Neidlinger said. For vendor applications or more information, visit Wilson’s Pizza Shop, 2730 Main St.