The Snyder Chamber of Commerce is announcing a change in the dates for White Buffalo Bikefest. Beginning this year, White Buffalo BikeFest will be held the 4th weekend of August, which represents a change from the usual first weekend in October scheduling. The Board of Directors also elected to move the historical White Buffalo Days event as part of the White Buffalo Weekend. This year’s dates will be August 23rd - 25th, 2013.
The decision comes after a significant financial loss due to back to back years with bad weather. Out of the last seven years, four of those years experienced inclimate weather, negatively affecting attendance and creating a significant revenue loss. In 2011 the event was plagued with down pours, resulting in wet tents, RVs stuck in the mud, the concert being forced to be moved inside, and reduced attendance. Last year’s event featuring Creedence Clearwater Revival and Jack Ingram, was hit with blistering cold temperatures in the low 40s, making “the ride” a little less than desirable. Recognizing the significant economic impact the event has on the community and its overwhelming potential, the tough decision to move the dates of the event was made at the recent Board of Director’s meeting.
The Snyder Chamber of Commerce wants to provide everyone with the best overall experience possible for this event, which has become one of the largest of its kind in the country. Although the option of moving the concert indoors is available, the concert represents only one portion of the overall weekend experience that attendees have come to expect and enjoy. Snyder Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Melissa Elam stated, “This is not a just a concert, it is a motorcycle rally and it is about the overall experience. Moving the concert inside does not maximize the overall experience for our attendees who may ride hours to get here. They deserve the best weekend experience that we can offer, but we cannot put the Chamber at risk to provide that.”
Prior to selecting the August dates, the Chamber researched various dates, regarding back to school, other major bike rally events, and more, and feels this date will provide a much better chance of providing attendees with an overall “feel good” experience. By providing a great experience, the Chamber is confident that the event will continue to flourish as a nationally recognized event helping to stimulate the local economy while introducing its attendees to the warm welcome of Snyder’s West Texas’ hospitality.
For more information or questions, please contact the Snyder Chamber of Commerce