Annual Bikefest rolls through Lake Area

Above, visitors to the lake area check out a merchandise booth at the Dam Bait Shop & Campground, one of this year’s new vendor villages for the 7th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest.

Above, visitors to the lake area check out a merchandise booth at the Dam Bait Shop & Campground, one of this year’s new vendor villages for the 7th Annual Lake of the Ozarks Bikefest. Photo by Rebecca Martin.

The 7th Annual Bikefest rolled through the Lake of the Ozarks this weekend, bringing music, entertainment and lots of motorcycles with it.

This year’s Bikefest included five vendor villages: Dog Days Bar & Grill, Camden on the Lake, Lake of the Ozarks Harley-Davidson, Dam Bait Shop and the Bagnell Dam Strip. Vendor villages feature a variety of vendors offering things like leathers, custom painting, lights, bike builders and more.

The vendor village at Dam Bait Shop featured continuous live music, and other concerts around the lake showcased tribute bands including Bon Jovi tribute Dead or Alive, Bob Seger tribute Silver Bullet, Guns & Roses tribute Paradise City, AC/DC tribute Hells Bells and .38 Special tribute Special Forces.

The weekend included two bike giveaways, a bike auction, more than 50 live concerts, burnout pits and extreme motocross, and the Third National Beef Jerky contest at Beavers at the Dam.

Bikefest also offered three recommended rides for those who came to the Lake via motorcycle: an 84-mile ride around Bennett Spring and Ha Ha Tonka state parks, a 115-miles ride including roads that are part of historic Route 66 and a stop at Devil’s Elbow, and a 96-mile ride showcasing several vistas around the Lake of the Ozarks.

Events continue through today. For more information, visit www.lakebikefest.com.

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