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Charly Haley, Published April 25 2013

Moorhead’s Bike Night moves to new location

MOORHEAD – Moorhead is planning to host hundreds of motorcycles this summer as part of its second annual Bike Night season – but this year, there’ll be a few changes.

Bike Night was held last year at Moorhead Center Mall but is moving this summer to Gio’s Grill and Bar, 123 21st St. S.

Organizers changed the venue because they didn’t want the event disrupting mall patrons, said Moorhead City Councilwoman Nancy Otto, who helps coordinate Bike Night.

Also, Bike Night is partnering this year with the Dorothy Day Food Pantry in Moorhead.

Each bike night event is from 5:30 to 9 p.m., but there will be music and dancing in Gio’s Event Center from 8 p.m. to midnight. The dance admission is a freewill donation to the Dorothy Day Food Pantry.

Otto said they’ll try the dance at the first Bike Night – May 9 – and if there’s strong attendance, they’ll keep it going all summer. Bike Nights are scheduled for the second Thursday of each month, from May to August.

Sonja Ellner, director of the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality in Moorhead, said Bike Night’s donations will come at a perfect time.

“Summer is our busiest time,” Ellner said. With school out, families don’t have access to discounted school lunches and use the food pantry more, she said.

“Last year we literally had hundreds of motorcycles at each event,” Otto said. People traveled from as far away as Wahpeton and Valley City to show off their bikes, she said. There will be both new and classic motorcycles showcased.

“We’re here to showcase our city and the fun and the great bikes we have,” Otto said.

In addition to motorcycles and music, there will be vendors and a barbecue, plus Gio’s full restaurant menu and bar. Anyone interested in being a vendor can contact Carol or Becky at Gio’s at (218) 233-2883.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Charly Haley at (701) 235-7311