Thirty-five years ago Atlantic Beach Bikefest started across a few blocks in Atlantic Beach. Now, the annual Memorial Day weekend event spreads miles across Myrtle Beach. While the old-timers prefer the quaint gathering up north, younger crowds are drawn to the party atmosphere of Myrtle Beach. With more restrictions and police as a result of Bikefest's growth, festival goers both young and old react to how bike week has changed.
"Lou," short for Lucifer at Nightmare Haunted House deviled the crowd that braved the rain on the night of Saturday, May 28, 2016, during the Atlantic Beach Bikefest. He got them nearly every time, bringing screams and laughter to the rainy night.
Matt Frazier, of Summerville, uses Atlantic Beach Bikefest as a way to advertise his automobile body work. He was displaying a pearly yellow 2015 Mustang near 4th Avenue North and Ocean Boulevard on Friday night.
Royal the King from New York came to Myrtle Beach for the first time tonight, selling his rap CDs along Ocean Boulevard. He said he always wanted to come to Myrtle Beach. When he heard it was Atlantic Beach Bikefest, he came down for the party.
Several festivalgoers put on an impromptu street concert during Bikefest in Myrtle Beach on Friday. The annual Atlantic Beach Bikefest draws thousands to the area for the three-day event every Memorial Day weekend.
Coastal Alliance members, including leaders from Briarcliffe Acres, Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, North Myrtle Beach and Horry County, were briefed on Bikefest safety plans Wednesday morning. Horry County Emergency Management Director Randy Webster said recommendations were made to improve security, traffic control and communications. The details of the plans and improvements recommended from last year's Memorial Day weekend will be hammered out in the coming months as a special task force prepares for the 2016 Atlantic Beach Bikefest.