When I walked outside this morning, I felt something different. There was a slight feel of coolness in the air. This is not rare weather for most places in the United States this time of year, but for Florida, well its uncommon. Especially when the expected high for the day was in the 80s. It is a little frightening to feel the chill of a low 60 degree morning in Florida. Here we do not have a true four season year. We just have hot and warm with a few days that may total 3 weeks of cold dropping to the 40s at night.
With Biketoberfest only 10 days away, I don’t want to see the weather start chilling off too much. Biketoberfest is one of the last big bike events of the year. Most certainly, it is for Florida. Looking forward to this event, I found that there is great way to get warmed up and ready to go.
Digging for some of the events planned in Daytona Beach for the Biketober weekend, I came across Sanford Bike Fest that is held this coming weekend in Sanford, Florida.
Looking over the events posted for the weekend in Sanford, I found they have quite a lineup of entertainment. With most the bands that are scheduled to play leaning more towards southern rock to scattered with a few country solo artist on two separate stages, the music should be pretty steady.
The opening act, however, is neither southern nor country and by the looks of the bands bio and play list, I look forward to seeing Dreams the Band a tribute to the living legend Stevie Nicks. This band performs songs like Gypsy and duets like one Stevie did with Tom Petty called “stop draggin my heart around”, this should be a good show. Their web site does not have any demo music, but the band looks as they have keyed in the feeling for a good tribute band.
Later in the day and all throughout the weekend, Team-X-Treem will be performing their street bike stunt show. I had the pleasure of experiencing and photographing this stunt show during this year’s Leesburg Bikefest. I can tell you, if you have not seen these guys, you are in for a treat. Wheelies, stopies, burnouts and stunts that will keep your eyes glued to the three riders. Adam Chumita, Chris Nichols and Todd Colbert put on a show to see. The photo gallery of the pictures that I took during Leesburg are at American Biker Lifestyle.
Of course, what Bikefest could be complete without a custom bike show? Touted as the “Bikes In the Wind Show” the custom bike show starts off at noon with 8 divisions to be judged. The Florida sun will be reflecting off of all the chrome and custom paint. I will be there with camera in hand. This will be a training shoot for my wife Cindi to use the new camera that I bought for here, so look forward to me posting some of the shots she takes during the show.
Saturday, October 14 promises to be exciting day with more live music all day and a remote broadcast from Orlando radio station 104.1 Real Radio. Added to all the vendors, bike show and music, there is going to be a live karate demonstration by High Stepper’s Karate Studio. The precision drill team will crank up their engines at 1:30 displaying timed drill motorcycle riding in the streets of downtown Sanford.
If you like Skynard, you are going to like Deep South. This band hits the main stage at 9:30 p.m. Friday night. I have not yet heard the band perform, but if you visit their web site, they have a few demo songs for you to hear. I look forward to hearing this band play “Sweet Home Alabama”.
This is only the second year for this bike fest and I did not attend the first one. It looks like it should be a good time for anyone that lives in the area, or feels like take a ride. I will report on how the 2nd annual Sanford Bike Fest turned out next week.
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