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Nashville Bike Week moves to Opryland

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Nashville Bike Week's organizer said the event will go on as planned at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center.

He told Fox 17 in a phone call that he signed the contract with Orpyland on Thursday.

He announced plans to hold Nashville Bike Week in the large parking lot areas near Opryland's main gates on Opry Mills Drive. All of NBW's scheduled entertainment is said to take place there from September 14-24 with the event running from 8 a.m.-11:30 p.m.

Organizers said Opryland will provide catering and space for band buses and VIP tour bus pass holders.

Nashville Bike Week gave details about camping grounds nearby with shuttle service provided by Opryland as well as hotel discounts for guests who wish to stay on site. Camping or hotel accommodations are not included in the NBW ticket price. It also boasts shuttles to downtown Broadway and secure parking provided downtown at participating garages.

Axle told Fox 17 that camping and hookups will be available at Nashville Jellystone Park.

Tammy Westrich with Jellystone said the campground has sites reserved for NBW after a phone conversation with Organizer Mike Axle Thursday night. The sites are on hold, and Axle has until Friday to bring a check to secure the reservations.

He is expected to deliver the check in person.

Westrich said several people want those camping sites, and they will not be taking reservations for Nashville Bike Week until the groups pays for the spots.

Organizers said anyone who has already bought a ticket that included a cabin, full service hookups,primitive camping, or camper rental will be provided a spot at no additional cost at the local participating campgrounds. Tickets will be available by Phone starting Monday May 29 from 8 a.m.- 7 p.m. at 1-800-981-3727.

The health department asked Axle to stop selling tickets in March due to a lack of permits. Axle said his attorney advised him that he hadn't sold enough tickets to be ordered to stop.

A spokesperson for Mayor Barry's Office said it is their understanding Nashville Bike Week had not sought any permits from Metro.

Axle said he doesn't have to apply for permits since the event will be held at Opryland, which is already permitted to have large events and serve alcohol.

When asked about Opryland's involvement with Nashville Bike Week, a spokesperson for Opryland said she would "look into the matter."

Previous controversy surrounding Nashville Bike Week

Previously the event faced set backs like having it's permits denied by the Tennessee Department of Health or a lack of support from Humphreys County law enforcement.

Community members expressed concerns in February when the original venue, Loretta Lynn's Ranch in Humphreys County, cut ties with Nashville Bike Week. The ranch said NBW “failed to meet the financial terms of the agreement” and removed the event from its calendar.

At the time, Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis also shared concerns about a lack of permitting for mass gathering and camping. Sheriff Davis said communicating with Axle has been difficult, making planning for infrastructure and security almost impossible for law enforcement.

In the middle of March, the health department ordered the organizer to stop selling tickets because he had not obtained permits for the event. Shortly after, the health department denied the group's application for a mass gathering permit.

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