Big crowds are expected in Laconia this weekend as the 99th annual Motorcycle Week kicks off Saturday.Organizers said many people have told them they’re excited to gather for the rally as it nears its century mark.”This is the last of the double digits,” said Jennifer Anderson, deputy director of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association. “People want to be here to commemorate that. Even, I would say, as strongly as what we’ve heard about the 100th anniversary. So, we’re ending out a century of true legacy in motorcycling, and people are ready to come.”Gov. Chris Sununu said putting the event together is a year-long endeavor. The event kicks off the summer tourism season and extends well beyond the Lakes Region.”The Laconia Motorcycle Week has marketed the event as a state-wide event. So people definitely explore and experience everywhere in the state. It’s our kick-off to tourism,” said Karmen Gifford, of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce. Dozens of vendors are setting up along Lakeside Avenue while hundreds of bikers have already made their way to town, eager for a busy week ahead.”Folks love to come down, cruise through, stop shop, there are lots of activities that are going on,” Gifford said. “Then, there are rides every day and events and activities. So, people generally plan out their day and decide what they’re going to do.”Gifford said they’re expecting tens of thousands, if not, hundreds of thousands of visitors this year after the previous two years were scaled back due to COVID-19.She said local hotels and restaurants are already filling up.”As everyone knows this is the marquee event that launches us into tourism season,” Sununu said. “If New Hampshire has a strong tourism season, everything else really clicks into place.”Since the first tour in 1916, there have been seven years without a rally because of world events including the Great Depression and World War II. Motorcycle Week continued through the pandemic with bigger crowds than organizers expected.

Big crowds are expected in Laconia this weekend as the 99th annual Motorcycle Week kicks off Saturday.

Organizers said many people have told them they’re excited to gather for the rally as it nears its century mark.

“This is the last of the double digits,” said Jennifer Anderson, deputy director of the Laconia Motorcycle Week Association. “People want to be here to commemorate that. Even, I would say, as strongly as what we’ve heard about the 100th anniversary. So, we’re ending out a century of true legacy in motorcycling, and people are ready to come.”

Gov. Chris Sununu said putting the event together is a year-long endeavor. The event kicks off the summer tourism season and extends well beyond the Lakes Region.

“The Laconia Motorcycle Week has marketed the event as a state-wide event. So people definitely explore and experience everywhere in the state. It’s our kick-off to tourism,” said Karmen Gifford, of the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce.

Dozens of vendors are setting up along Lakeside Avenue while hundreds of bikers have already made their way to town, eager for a busy week ahead.

“Folks love to come down, cruise through, stop shop, there are lots of activities that are going on,” Gifford said. “Then, there are rides every day and events and activities. So, people generally plan out their day and decide what they’re going to do.”

Gifford said they’re expecting tens of thousands, if not, hundreds of thousands of visitors this year after the previous two years were scaled back due to COVID-19.

She said local hotels and restaurants are already filling up.

“As everyone knows this is the marquee event that launches us into tourism season,” Sununu said. “If New Hampshire has a strong tourism season, everything else really clicks into place.”

Since the first tour in 1916, there have been seven years without a rally because of world events including the Great Depression and World War II. Motorcycle Week continued through the pandemic with bigger crowds than organizers expected.