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LARGE SNOHOMISH SHOW SEEKS NEW VENUE FOR 2009
February 16, 2009
(SNOHOMISH, WA) -- The ABATE Antique and Classic Motorcycle Show, which has been held on the third Sunday in May in Snohomish for the last 12 years is seeking a new home for the 2009 show and that new home could be Sultan.
It is an event that usually draws upwards of 20,000 visitors and some 3,000 to 9,000 motorcycles for the single day event that begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m.
The Sultan City Council will hold a special council meeting on Tuesday, February 24th at 6:30 p.m. at the Sultan Community Center to take public comments about the city possibly hosting a large motorcycle show in May.
Sultan officials are looking at possibly hosting the 13th Annual ABATE show on Sunday, May 17, 2009 in a six-block area adjacent to River Park in downtown Sultan.
The motorcycle show has been held on the third Sunday in May in Snohomish for the last 12 years.
The reason for the possible host city change is money. Snohomish city officials now want organizers of the show to pay some $30,360 for forty-four police officers to staff the event. That is a whopping $25,000 more than the bikers paid last year.
Last year’s tab for security was about $5,000. Promoters for the show say the new security price tag is far too high and unless the price comes down they won’t be able to put the show on in Snohomish. The event drew an estimated 22,000 people last year
Snohomish police say they need more officers due to concerns about the potential for motorcycle gang violence although there have been no major incidents reported during the past dozen years the show has been put on in Snohomish.
No other similar type event scheduled for Snohomish this year will be required to have more than two officers present during the event’s run and that includes a car show that draws between 10,000 and 15,000 people.
“This is a unique opportunity for the City of Sultan,” said Sultan Mayor Carolyn Eslick in a statement. “The Sultan community has expressed an interest in hosting more special events…the ABATE Antique and Classic Motorcycle Show has a long running history of success in the City of Snohomish.”
One question that needs to be answered if the show moves to Sultan is whether Sultan and ABATE can reach agreement on paying for the number off-duty police officers needed to patrol the event in Sultan.
The event includes a bike show competition, vendors and live music. The show celebrates the history of motorcycling, educates the public about motorcycle safety issues, and showcases the precision riding skills of the Seattle Cossacks Motorcycle Stunt Drill Team. Proceeds from the show are used to support local charities and provide scholarships.