It looks like Laconia, New Hampshire’s Laconia Motorcycle Week is a go for 2021. The Laconia City Council has approved the return of pre-pandemic parking and traffic flow levels for this year’s event. The Council’s vote paves the way for a full capacity 98th Anniversary conduct of the rally. This year’s event will run from June 12 through June 20, 2021.
The rally has long been a mainstay of New Hampshire’s tourism industry. Laconia Motorcycle Week® organizers claim that it is the oldest motorcycle rally in the USA. And they say that they have the “2nd largest demographic of motorcycle riders.”
However, the council’s vote does not yet authorize a 100% return to pre-pandemic levels. Some Councilors want to do away with all COVID restrictions when it comes to vendors and beer tents. Last year’s event was significantly curtailed with both being prohibited.
City Councilor Tony Felch thinks that Laconia Motorcycle Week should return to pre-pandemic activities:
“Everything is going 100% — restaurants, bars — everything. There’s no reason why we shouldn’t open things up for this event.”
But at least one Councilor thinks that there should be some additional considerations. Councilor Henry Lipman said:
“We’re really asking people here who have health concerns to be totally not considered, and I do think we have some responsibility. Above all else is safety.”
The Laconia City Council will again meet in the next week or two to make its final decisions regarding vendors, beer tents, and other areas where people may congregate in larger groups.