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Change in festival causing outrage over concertgoers

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WSHM) -

It's a yearly tradition. Every Thursday from July to August, hundreds of people make their way to Stearns Square in downtown Springfield to listen to featured artists.

And as traditional as music is to the festival, so are the bikers.

In years past, motorcycle enthusiast would park on Worthington Street to showcase their bikes to the public.  

"We loved the comradery. It was a night to come out and relax," said Rocky Isham, of Palmer.

However this year, things have changed.

The Springfield Business Improvement District now shuts down Worthington St. before the festivities begin, leaving the street bike-less.

And the decision is causing many to turn their backs on the event.

“I was going to come down with about 8 guys, but they all said no because parking is now an issue," explained Isham.  

The closure also appearing to have an impact on the event itself.

Attendees telling Western Mass news they've seen a smaller crowd this year than in years past.

“This year it's really sad. A lot of vendors are losing money. The crowds are almost non-existent," said Marc Fragoso, of Springfield.  

Since the start of the series back on July 2, the bikers have petitioned to get the BID to reverse their decision.

"They're starting to scale away from the biker crowd, I guess. I hate to see a lot of the guys not coming down," said Isham.

Western Mass News did reach out to the Business Improvement District for comment, but did not hear back.

A group of supporters to have Worthington Street re-open are planning to rally before Monday’s Springfield City Council Meeting.

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