While the economy has suffered some severe blows lately, Street Vibration brought a lot of tourist dollars to Northern Nevada over the weekend.
Dawn Skiles of Grandma’s Fudge admits that "candy" isn't a top priority for bikers headed for Virginia City, but with 10 to 15 thousand people flowing through the streets at any given time, business was good. "This weekend was phenomenal,” she said. “We had excellent law enforcement up here that kept things in order. As far as I know things were good."
Managing the enormous influx of tourists was a challenge for Storey County law enforcement, so they called on neighboring agencies for support. According to Lt. Ken Quirk, Washoe County Sheriff’s and Douglas County Sheriff’s were among those who pitched in to help. Wile the joint patrols handled traffic control, local businesses catered to all those hungry and thirsty bikers.
Nicole Schoelkoph who works at the Sawdust Corner Restaurant says it was all hands on deck. "We staffed everybody we had and brought in everybody that we knew. That's how we got by." Across the street, Richard Gong at Mandarin Garden Restaurant says the also had a good weekend, pulling in the most business for this event since 2004.
It’s not yet known how much money was generated by this year’s Street Vibrations, but because of the clear weather, organizers say this was one of the most well attended motorcycle rallies in the nation this year.