Motorcycle event that draws thousands canceled

May 4, 2008 8:32:55 PM PDT
Officials say concern over public safety, not discrimination, led them to cancel a motorcycle show Sunday.Thirty-five thousand people were expected to attend the Iron Horse Roundup in north suburban Grayslake.

A number of bikers gathered at a Libertyville bar where the event used to be held. This year, it was supposed to move to the Lake County fairgrounds, but Grayslake officials cancelled it Friday.

Mayor Timothy Perry said the idea that his community was discriminating against bikers is 'ridiculous.' He said officials canceled the event after getting word that rival motorcycle groups might cause trouble.

"If I cannot with any level of comfort guarantee the safety and security to our residents based upon information presented to me about any event, then I've got very few choices," Perry said.

"Maybe they're profiling. Predjudiced to bikers. From what I understand people are coming in today saying they tried to pull in the car show and they won't even let bikes pull into the car show," event organizer Mark Khayat said.

Mayor Perry said he understood the concerns of vendors and organizers who lost thousands of dollars.


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