By: Lauren Fabrizi
Hundreds of people felt the need for speed Friday. Motorcycles from across the state lined the Lancaster Event Center as part of the American Bikers Aiming Toward Education's annual bike show.
"I like seeing all the different bikes and the bikes that have a story behind them," Marla Bartlett of Omaha said.
"Energizes your batteries to meet new people," Brian Sermeno of Seward added.
American Bikers Aiming Toward Education, or ABABTE, spends a good portion of the year traveling around the state, teaching about the importance of biker safety.
They've been putting on the event for nearly 30 years as a way to bring the biker community together in the winter when the elements make it too hard to hit the road.
"It's a good time for us to get together and just reunite old friendships," Todd Miller of ABATE said.
The show features more than 350 bikes from antiques to brand new models. Anyone in the state can enter his or her motorcycle for a small fee.
Part of the money raised from admission will benefit the Shrine Transportation Fund. The rest of the money will go toward up keeping the organization.
Jody Perewitz, the fastest female motorcyclist in the country, was there. She made the trip from Massachusetts to check out the show.
"I'm surprised at how many motorcycles there are out here, there's a lot," Perewitz said. "They got cool displays and all kinds. Old, new. Big, little. There's all kinds of bikes here, it seems like it's going to be a great show this weekend."
The bike show will run at the Lancaster Event Center from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10.