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Americade rally draws crowds

He said Friday night's Americade party held at the Great Escape was the largest ever.

"With the gloom and doom in the news, motorcyclists were particularly delighted to come out to Americade and just have fun, see old friends and enjoy themselves."

Dimming the cheer for Blais and Dutcher, however, was the growing influence of the non-Americade bikers, who drive into town to pose as outlaws and raise a ruckus.

Early Saturday morning, some partyers tangled with county Sheriff's officers, leading to minor injuries among police.

Blais also said that vandalism was a problem, as 85 municipal trash cans, heaping with garbage, up and down Canada Street were overturned late Saturday night, causing a mess through the village.

Also, public rest room doors were kicked in, and flowers were yanked out of planters, Blais said.

"Some motorcyclists not connected with Americade come up here and create a lot of chaos on the streets, and it's an unfortunate byproduct of having a motorcycle rally - what is otherwise a fabulous week for the community," Blais said, noting "immense" crowds clogging the village Saturday.

But for bikers, whether true touring enthusiasts or not, the spectacle of the village streets hosting many thousands of bikers, many on bizarre and unique, customized vehicles, provided a remarkable show.

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