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Thousands of bikers descend upon Gettysburg for Bike Week

Bike Week

Tourist season is revving up in Gettysburg as thousands of motorcycles start their engines for Bike Week.

The annual event started Thursday and is expected to bring about 25,000 bikers rumbling into Adams County.

"Eating, drinking, riding…It's a lot of fun," said Ken Neuffer, who rode in from New Jersey.

The bikers aren't having all the fun. Gettysburg businesses are raking in the dough this week.

"The summer and these two weeks are sort of our biggest events of the year," said Christy Smith, manager at The Pub restaurant.

"This is one of our biggest events and it happens right after reenactment. The hotels and restaurants are benefitting big on this weekend. These guys like to eat and they need a place to stay," said Carl Whitehill of the Gettysburg Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Before they hit the road again, many of the bikers plan to stick around to see everything else Gettysburg has to offer.

"It's excellent. Good group, good place," said biker Sue Hannan.

Bike Week is expected to bring $30 million into the Gettysburg economy.

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