By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes
Final numbers aren’t yet in, but Good Vibrations organizers are happy with the turnout at last weekend’s motorcycle rally.
Organizers estimate some 600 motorcyclists registered for VIP treatment at the festival, and hundreds more made their way to Riverfront Park in Salem or to Keizer Rapids Park for rally events.
The park played host to two concerts, while the Keizer Civic Center had breakfast for VIPs and the Renaissance Inn was the registration hub. [MAP: 3]
And, of course, there was a parade of hundreds of motorcyclists roaring south on River Road Sunday morning.
“We were excited to see the parade going down River Road,” said Christine Dieker, executive director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce. “I could see it being an event that could grow.”
Carol Infranca, a publicist for Road Shows Inc., estimated at least another couple hundred motorcyclists came out to enjoy some of the festivities but didn’t actually register for the event.
“And to have nearly 600 registered at a first-year event is pretty impressive,” Infranca added.
Road Shows Inc. is the company which coordinated Good Vibrations.
Randy Burke, president of the company, said support from Keizer’s mayor and city councilors were vital to making the event successful.
“And it was successful in that we had great support, great turnout by the bikers, and great sponsorship,” he said. “As far as the ability to know whether we raised enough revenue to pay the bills, I won’t know that for a couple of days.”
Whether the event returns depended in part on whether Road Shows Inc. was invited back, Burke said. On Monday the Keizer City Council agreed by consensus to do just that.
Keizer Police Capt. Jeff Kuhns reported no problems related to the rally.
“There was a good crowd on hand to observe the parade on Sunday morning. The crowd was nothing like the numbers we see for the annual Iris Festival Parade, but at the same time there was a decent showing of individuals who watched the motorcycles, and boat with wheels, drive past the Chemawa Road and River Road areas,” Kuhns said.
Traffic was disrupted for only about 10 minutes while the procession moved through Keizer and Salem, Kuhns estimated.
“I got pretty tickled with the parade,” Burke said. “Parades can be pretty dicey, sometimes, to produce. We had to coordinate two police departments – and it was seamless.”
One question on many minds has been where all the motorcyclists came from. What organizers do know is there were attendees from Oregon, Nevada, Washington, California, Canada and Idaho. What they don’t know yet is how many came from where.
Sherrie Gottfried, sales manager at the Keizer Renaissance Inn, said the hotel sold out for two nights while the festival was in town.
“A nice quiet group – real mellow, very courteous,” she said.