June 22 - 25, 2017 - Celebrating 11 Years!

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Moncton (NB) – The ATLANTICADE Motorcycle Festival is coming back home to stay. After a recent three year stint in Summerside, PE preceded by two years in St. Andrews, NB the five day event will be returning to Moncton where it was founded back in 2007.

The 9th annual edition of the festival is set for July 1st to 5th in downtown Moncton where participants will benefit from activities
associated with Canada Day and the newest event on the hub city calendar, Ribfest which runs from July 3rd to 5th.

Ribfest, which is organized by the Moncton West-Riveview Rotary Club, was a huge success when held for the first time this past summer in Moncton. The event features a number of top professional ribbers along with live entertainment over the course of the weekend.

WHOA Canada celebrations in Moncton have been growing as well over the past few years with thousands of residents taking in the live entertainment, fireworks, and other activities on the July 1 holiday.

“Being able to expose our participants to these two events was a key factor in deciding to return the motorcycle festival to Moncton” says founder and chairman Dale Hicks. “In discussions with both City officials and Ribfest organizers it soon became apparent this was an excellent match for all parties. It should make for five exciting days in Moncton”.

Hicks says that participants were pushing organizers to find a permanent home moving forward, a suggestion that was shared by the organizing committee.  He says the committee held discussions with Summerside and Bathurst but that it was clear Moncton was the logical choice.

“We had a great three years in Summerside, but just the travel costs alone were over $8,000 not to mention the time away from home to plan and organize the event. Several committee members took a week of their vacation time just to be in Summerside during the event” explained Hicks. “Coming back to Moncton just made a whole lot of sense from an organizational point of view”.

Bathurst was ready to take over the event immediately but it would mean turning over control of the festival which in the end the committee was not prepared to do at this time.

In addition Greater Moncton is home to five motorcycle dealerships that represent no less than 13 bike brands so that was an additional incentive added Hicks. “We spoke to all five dealerships and they expressed their interest in supporting the festival if it returned to Moncton. So in the end the decision became very clear”.





 

Details on the agenda, sponsors, accommodations and related activities will be rolled out over the next few months.

Get ready from some great food, great entertainment, and great rides as ATLANTICADE returns to its roots in 2015!

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