`Bike Night' Rolls into York, Pa.
15 September 1999Thousands Expected for Parade, Live Music in Historic Downtown
YORK, Pa., Sept. 15 -- Bike Night, held each year in conjunction with Harley-Davidson Inc.'s annual open house, is scheduled for 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 24 in historic downtown York. It is presented by Budweiser and will be held rain or shine. The event, which began in 1995, has drawn 8,000 to 10,000 people in previous years. It includes a one-hour parade of more than 3,000 motorcycles rumbling from the York Expo Center into downtown. "We roll out the red carpet for Harley riders," quipped York Mayor Charlie Robertson, "and let them ride all over it." Bike Night also will include live music, street performers, food and merchandise vendors and a live radio broadcast by classic-rock station The Eagle (FM/92.7). Visitors are encouraged to bring their cameras and have their pictures taken next to "The Harley-Davidson Tradition," a historical outdoor mural at 258 W. Market St. The giant painting features Arthur Davidson, one of the company's founders, and a young Elvis Presley astride his red-and-white Harley. Harley operates its primary assembly plant -- York County's largest manufacturing employer -- just outside the city on Route 30. This year's open house will be held Sept. 23-25 at the plant and the York Expo Center, on the city's west side. York and Harley will team up again on Dec. 31. Harley will provide the first fireworks display in the 14-year history of First Night York. SOURCE City of York, Pennsylvania