Bikers Too Loud for Neighbors
COLUMBIA - Residents of neighborhoods surrounding the Boone County Fairgrounds are coping with a noisy headache this week. As the the National Bikers Roundup is being held on Boone County Fairgrounds, residents can hear the music and the engines. Some residents say they are frustrated they got little warning about the event.
"I mean if I hadn't read the paper, I probably wouldn't have known they were coming to be honest. Maybe they could have notified the neighborhood," said resident Courtney Horn.
But the Boone County Fairgrounds manager said people have known about the roundup since the beginning of this year.
"We hate it when something interrupts people in our area or our community, but surely they've known about it for quite sometime. We've worked on it most of this year, there's been press coverage," said George Harris, Boone County Fairgrounds General Manager.
Gary Sheets lives in a neighbor across Highway 63 from the fairgrounds. He said he can hear the live music from his house every night when he's going to bed. He wakes up at five in the morning for work.
"One guy started up his engine yesterday about 5 o'clock, cause I usually get up, and start getting ready at that time," said Sheets.
Some poeple say the noise doesn't bother them and they welcome the bikers to town. For others, they can rest their heads Sunday when the bikers leave town.