Missouri biker festival draws 125,000 people to Lake of Ozarks amid fears it will be another Sturgis 'super spreader'

 A Missouri biker festival that drew about 125,000 people has sparked fears that the event may become a 'super spreader' for the coronavirus after photos showed many maskless participants.

The 14th Annual BikeFest Lake of the Ozarks was scheduled from September 16-20. 

According to the event's website, there were more than 300 bars and restaurants involved in the festivities.  

A Missouri biker festival that drew about 125,000 people has sparked fears that the event may become a 'super spreader' for the coronavirus after photos showed many maskless participants

A Missouri biker festival that drew about 125,000 people has sparked fears that the event may become a 'super spreader' for the coronavirus after photos showed many maskless participants 

The 14th Annual BikeFest Lake of the Ozarks was scheduled from September 16-20

The 14th Annual BikeFest Lake of the Ozarks was scheduled from September 16-20

Bikers are seen standing near the bikes during the festival
According to the event's website, there were more than 300 bars and restaurants involved in the festivities

According to the event's website, there were more than 300 bars and restaurants involved in the festivities

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And while some bikers were wearing masks, many opted out of the facial covering. 

'Actually, I got it out as a joke to put it on and give it to you, normally I'm not wearing it,' Ed Allsman told KY3

Bubby Fischer said: 'It's what we get dealt with in life. You know, you go out to enjoy, if you get dealt with it, it's what happens.'


Another biker, Dustin Fletcher, told the station that 'we’re out to have a good time, catch some free wind, and get some road miles and actually some therapy on the way'.

Fletcher said the coronavirus 'doesn't stop us'. 

'You can ask any biker, or whatever, anything going on in the world, it ain't gonna stop us riding,' Fletcher said.  

Motorcycles were seen lined up along a strip in Camden County during the rally
Motorcycles were seen lined up along a strip in Camden County during the rally

Motorcycles were seen lined up along a strip in Camden County during the rally 

And while some bikers were wearing masks, many opted out of the facial covering

 And while some bikers were wearing masks, many opted out of the facial covering

Images showed several attendees not wearing masks while participating in the event

Images showed several attendees not wearing masks while participating in the event

Dustin Fletcher (pictured), said that 'we’re out to have a good time, catch some free wind, and get some road miles and actually some therapy on the way'

Dustin Fletcher (pictured), said that 'we’re out to have a good time, catch some free wind, and get some road miles and actually some therapy on the way'

In Camden County, there have been 809 confirmed cases, with 29 new cases in the last 24 hours. The county has reported 10 deaths. Bikes are parked on a strip in the Lake of the Ozarks

In Camden County, there have been 809 confirmed cases, with 29 new cases in the last 24 hours. The county has reported 10 deaths. Bikes are parked on a strip in the Lake of the Ozarks

This aerial view shows motorcycles lined up along a strip at the Lake of the Ozarks

This aerial view shows motorcycles lined up along a strip at the Lake of the Ozarks

According to local news stations, the Lake of the Ozarks area does not have a mask mandate in effect. 

In Camden County, there have been 809 confirmed cases, with 29 new cases in the last 24 hours. The county has reported 10 deaths. 

There are more than 112,844 confirmed cases in Missouri, which started lifting restrictions in June, and at least 1,795 deaths. 

On Friday, Missouri health officials reported 1,795 new cases of the virus. 

Last week's biker festival comes just a month after the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally that was held in South Dakota. 

The 80th annual rally, which saw 460,000 motorcycle enthusiasts flock to the small rural town of Sturgis from all over the US.

Following the rally, a controversial report deemed it a 'super-spreading event' that was responsible more than 260,000 cases of COVID-19. 

But city and state officials said that it had not been peer-reviewed before its release. 

The 10-day event took place between August 7 and August 14 in the town of Sturgis, which has a native population of just 7,000 people.

Four people who attended the event later tested positive for the coronavirus.  

Missouri biker festival draws 125,000 people to Lake of Ozarks amid fears it will be another Sturgis 'super spreader' Missouri biker festival draws 125,000 people to Lake of Ozarks amid fears it will be another Sturgis 'super spreader' Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 08:15 Rating: 5

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