Motorcycle enthusiasts are gathering this weekend for the Shenandoah Valley Motorcycle Expo at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds Woodstock.
Jeffery Wilkins, the owner of JWilkins Motorsports, said he enjoys bringing like-minded individuals together to celebrate motorcycles and their heritage.
“The first year we hosted this event, I wasn’t so sure,” Wilkins said. “But it drew a large crowd and has continued to grow since its infant year.”
What started in Winchester with a handful of motorcycle fan, he said, has grown so large that it had to be moved to the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds.
“We’re prepared to handle whatever the crowd size may be,” he said. “We can’t predict how many people will be here, but we know there will be thousands. I’m confident in that.”
Wilkins’ confidence in this year’s expo is pretty high. He’s marketed this year’s event more than in years past. Despite a chance of snow this weekend, he said they’re still planning on having the expo.
“Most of the vendors are inside, where it’s heated,” he said. “No snow will stop us from having a good time.”
Over 50 vendors will be on the property promoting everything motorcycle. Vendors include Avon, Busted Knuckles, Chocolate Moonshine, Ducati Winchester, Heated 4 U LLC, Motorcycle Lae Group, Outlaw Energy, Verhist Motorcycle Service and Waugh’s customs.
“Everything from LED custom lighting and painting to chocolate moonshine and Avon cosmetics will be on site,” he said. “Last year the local LulaRoe girls sold $5,000 worth of leggings. Who would of thought biker chicks liked leggings so much.”
Bikers Against Heroin USA will be on site bringing awareness to the opioid epidemic and discussing how they advocate help for those who want it.
Other events include live music from “The Dixie Moon Band,” “The Shockers” and “The Rumblers.” A bikini contest will be held 3:30 p.m. Saturday, followed by a wet T-shirt contest at 6 p.m. A tattoo contest is Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Various motorcycle shows will play out through the weekend.
“It’s pretty amazing the amount of stuff we have,” he said.
If You Go
Admission: $10 a day or $15 for the Saturday and Sunday. Children 12 and under are free. Parking is free.
When: 9 a.m to 7 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Shenandoah County Fairgrounds, 300 Fairground Road, Woodstock.