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MountainFest Returns To Morgantown

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MountainFest is back in Morgantown and this year's festival promises to be bigger and better than ever.

But this event is not just about motorcycles and concerts. Events like this help to grow the economy in the Morgantown area.

"It's exciting to be a part of something that's so significant. Normally when you think of economic impact and a lot of people in Morgantown, you think of WVU or football or basketball but there's not too many football games that people hang out for three or four days," said President of the MountainFest Motorcycle Rally, Cliff Sutherland.

Officials do expect traffic to increase as the weekend continues but they also say there is no need to worry about congestion.

"It will increase most dramatically Friday and Saturday evenings when people are off work coming to the festival. We still got people filling into the campground here," said State Police Officer, James Branham.

State police are urging motorcyclists to use exit 155 all other vehicles going to the festival should use exit 152.

Over the weekend about 60,000 people are expected to be in Morgantown for this event, which will give restaurants and hotels a significant boost.

"Greatly impacts our hotels and restaurants because the majority of our hotels will be sold out and these thousands of people coming are looking for places to eat. So our area restaurants will be blooming all over the area," said Sports Event Manager at the CVB, Dave Plevich.

Organizers said that not only does this event help the economy over the weekend but it will also help long term by encouraging bikers to come back in the future.

Sutherland said, "Motorcyclists by nature look for places to ride. So if they have a good time or they have a good time in this state while they're riding or see the scenic roads, they're going to go tell people then they're going to come back and they're going to bring other people with them."

MountainFest festivities start on Thursday evening and will continue throughout the weekend until Sunday.

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