New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan is hailing the start this weekend of the 90th Laconia Bike Week and its impact on tourism and the state’s economy.
Hassan said bike week infused the state’s economy with $100 million last year.
“From hotels and restaurants to local storefronts and convenience stores, the positive economic impact from this 90-year New Hampshire tradition is felt in communities and businesses throughout the state,” Hassan said.
She called New Hampshire a “motorcycle friendly” state and joined Laconia area officials and business owners in touting the state’s spectacular riding options that let bikers be at the top of Mount Washington at daybreak and lunching at the seacoast mid-day.
Hundreds of thousands of bikers are expected to roll into the state during bike week, which opens Saturday and runs through the following weekend.
Vendors on Thursday were stocking tents and food trucks along the roads surrounding Weirs Beach — the pulse-point of bike week.
Some Bike Week festivities benefit local institutions and non-profits service organizations.
A customized Harley-Davidson motorcycle donated by Laconia Harley-Davidson will be raffled off to raise $30,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region. The 7th Annual Peter Makris Memorial Ride — named for local lodging owner and president of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association — raises funds for the Laconia Fire Department and the Easter Seals N.H. “Veterans Count” program. There also will be an attempt to set a Guinness World Records title at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway to raise money for the Boys & Girls Club of New Hampshire.