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Roar on the Shore 2014 Concludes

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With every sweep of a broom and dropping of a tent, crews cleaned up downtown Erie Sunday as Roar on the Shore comes to a close. More than 125,000 bikers were expected in town this weekend, as the event continues to grow every year.

"People are coming in long ways for this special event and it's turning out well for bringing in income for a lot of the places here in Erie,” said Paul Jones, a member of the Christian Motorcycle Association.

Whether it was for the Faith and Freedom Ride that helped kick off the four days of motorcycle mania, or perhaps it was the concerts headlined by John Kay and Steppenwolf and Dee Snider, people found their way to Erie’s downtown. That’s a move riders say will certainly boost the area economy.

"I was told and I don't know this for a fact, but you couldn't get a hotel room within 50 miles of Erie, that they were all pre-booked. And people said all the way down in Waterford, they're camping out,” said Jim Busch, a biker from Wesleyville.

As the roar becomes a little quieter on the shore and bikers head out for their final ride, they say that this event is putting Erie on the national map.

“People from everywhere are finding out about this and are joining in on the event,” said Jones.

Vendors were also on hand all week, as Roar on the Shore officials provided more than 85 percent of the available vendor space to motorcycle-theme businesses. So, even though downtown Erie isn’t packed with bikes anymore, riders are sure to be back in greater numbers in 2015.

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