GEORGETOWN, Ky. (WDKY) – Organizers for the Horsey Hundred say the annual bike ride that brings thousands of cyclists to Georgetown will be back this Memorial Day weekend. City leaders and business owners are excited to welcome back normalcy and the economic benefits of the ride.
Like many restaurants in Kentucky, it’s been a difficult year for My Old Kentucky Foam.
“It’s been trying to say the least,” said Darrin Burchell, owner of My Old Kentucky Foam.
More empty tables than full because of COVID-19 restrictions, and fighting to stay open.
“We’ve been closed down one year and one day from today. That’s when everything was closed down,” Burchell said.
In that year, holidays were scaled down, events were canceled, and businesses along Main Street in Georgetown all felt the brunt of it.
“People like to go out for Christmas, people like to go out for New Year’s celebrations. All of that was muted this year. Memorial Day was completely gone,” Burchell said.
Including the Horsey Hundred, which takes place every Memorial Day weekend in Georgetown. Thousands of cyclists descend the community for the popular ride, and after it was canceled in 2020, it’s back in 2021.
“The Horsey Hundred is a big deal to us,” Georgetown Mayor Tom Prather said. “An event of this type just boosts everyone’s morale. And it means real dollars and cents to local merchants. Hotels, motels, restaurants, it’s a real economic boom for our community.”
More than 2,500 cycle enthusiasts from roughly 30 states will be in town Memorial Day weekend, and though the event is back, there are still changes because of COVID.
“Some of the social events will be pared back or eliminated. The camping areas will go to a different space that has a lot more room for people to socially distance,” Mayor Prather said.
But even with these small changes, the spirit of the Horsey Hundred will be the same, as a community welcomes normalcy.
“I think I’ve likened it for a kid at Christmas looking for Santa Claus flying through the sky,” Burchell said.
The 1,000 spots available for this year’s ride are full, but there is a waitlist you can sign up for. Organizers are also looking for volunteers.