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ORGANIZERS CANCEL BIG BIKE SHOW IN SNOHOMISH
February 19, 2009
(SNOHOMISH, WA) -- Organizers of the ABATE Antique and Classic Motorcycle Show, which has been held on the third Sunday in May in Snohomish for the last 12 years have canceled this year’s show.
The group decided at a Wednesday night meeting it could not afford to pay the extra $25,000 in security fees the city of Snohomish was demanding this year to pay for dozens more officers to patrol the event.
Although there have been no major incidents in the 12 years the family event has been put on in Snohomish, police say they now need 44 more officers because they are concerned about the potential for motorcycle gang violence.
The cost of the new security detail would be $30,360. Last year the Sky Valley chapter of the American Bikers Aimed Towards Education paid about $5,000 for security.
Last year’s event drew an estimated 22,000 people. The show includes a bike show competition, vendors and live music.
It 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.
Organizers had considered moving this year’s show to Sultan but have since decided there is not enough time to do the venue switch before May’s show date.
The Sultan City Council had planned to 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 the event.
Sultan officials had considered hosting the 13th Annual ABATE show on Sunday, May 17, 2009 in a six-block area adjacent to River Park in downtown Sultan.
The group hasn’t decided on a location for the 2010 show however they are still talking with Sultan officials about that show and have expressed interest to the Tulalip Tribe for the 2010 event.