SIOUX CITY | Awesome Biker Nights says it's exploring an alternate location after several Historic Fourth Street businesses wrote a letter declining to participate this year.
Awesome Biker Nights posted a letter to its Facebook page Monday evening in which 10 businesses in and near the city's Historic Fourth Street District say they won't participate in Awesome Biker Nights this year and requested the event to choose an alternate location.
The letter, dated Nov. 28 and sent to the Awesome Biker Nights board of directors, specifies that the businesses don't want their street and storefronts blocked by the event.
"We, the merchants of Historic 4th Street are writing to inform you that we will not be participating in the Awesome Biker Nights 2018 event," the letter states. "As such, we will each continue to support the community and its many worthy charities in our own way."
Awesome Biker Nights' post says the board is exploring an alternate location for the 2018 event as a result.
"It looks like we are no longer welcome by SOME on Historic 4th Street," the post says. "This will do nothing but hurt the Charities that have come to depend upon us for support for the past 19 years."
For nearly two decades, Awesome Biker Nights has brought thousands to downtown Sioux City each summer for live music, a bike show and other events. All proceeds generated at the rally benefit charity organizations. It has raised more than $1 million during its existence.
A relocation this year would be the event's third move in three years. Awesome Biker Nights returned to Historic Fourth Street in 2017 after holding its 2016 rally at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino's Battery Park and Fifth and Pearl streets.
The 2016 move to the opposite end of downtown came after some Historic Fourth Street businesses voiced concern about barricades that were placed around their entrances, blocking access to the street because they had declined to pay the $1,500 fee to participate in the beer garden.
The businesses named in the letter posted to Facebook Monday night include SoHo Kitchen & Bar, Rebos, Buffalo Alice, Studio 427, Aalfs Manufacturing, M's on Fourth, The Diving Elk, Antiques on Fourth, Ave Med Spa and American National Insurance.
Awesome Biker Nights board chairman Brian Hall and a handful of Historic Fourth Street business owners contacted by the Journal were not immediately available for comment Monday evening.