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  • Despite large crowds, Bikefest relatively calm

  • A huge turnout but few problems, according to officials who's attention was focused on the record number of bikers who turned out for the 2013 Bikefest.
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  • A huge turnout but few problems, according to officials who's attention was focused on the record number of bikers who turned out for the 2013 Bikefest.
    Preliminary estimates indicate 2013 was a record year for attendance. Bikefest officials estimate the crowd easily exceeded the 20,000 participants or 10,000 bikes that were expected. Motorcycle enthusiasts began arriving Thursday.
    Bikefest is becoming one of the largest events of the year at Lake of the Ozarks, attracting bikers from across the Midwest.
    Camden County and Osage Beach law enforcement officials reported a relatively calm weekend despite the number of motorcycles on the road. Osage Beach Police Department reported one non-injury accident.
    In Lake Ozark, where a large number of the bikers congregated, Police Chief Mark Maples deemed the event a success.
    Maples reported the Bagnell Dam Strip was busy Thursday evening and all day Friday and Saturday.
    More than 40 vendors were on location at Dam Bait Shop Campground below the dam where activities were held throughout the weekend.
    "We made two DWI arrests, issued approximately 25 open container tickets, had one fight in progress, two tickets for no helmet, and a domestic assault," He said on Sunday. "However with the number of people we had in town it was pretty uneventful as far as keeping the peace is concerned."
    The biggest problem was the open container on the Strip. Maples said while he understands the open container is a "difficult subject" for a lot of people, after taking some enforcement action, the bar businesses along the Strip did a good job at helping the police educate the Bikefest attendees on the ordinance.
    "My take on the bike weekend in Lake Ozark, it was a big success," he said.

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