The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

April 29, 2013

Born to ride

Bikers Ball a hit even if weather is not

Star Beacon

SAYBROOK TOWNSHIP —  When it comes to getting the bikes out for the first few rides of spring, Danya Cuccaro isn’t picky about the weather.

“I don’t care if it rains or not,” she said. “We won’t melt.”

Danya and John Cuccaro roared into the annual Bikers Ball in style on Sunday, determined to herald in the spring regardless of the rain.

Hundreds of bikers attended the Bikers Ball at the Kathryn Rose Party Center. The Bikers Ball is a marketplace of custom and factory-built motorcycles, tattoo artists, cycle clubs and biker apparel.

“The funny thing about this event is that good weather and bad weather both work in our favor,” Mitchell said. “The good weather gets the bikers out this way, but if it rains everyone is looking for something to do, so it works out.”

Attendance was up this year, Mitchell said, with more families coming to spend the day.

“Maybe people don’t think of the Bikers Ball as a family event, but it really is,” he said. “People can bring their kids and hang out and listen to the bands and see the bikes. It’s a good time for everyone.”

Brooke DiBell, 4, wasn’t shy about showing off dad Keith DiBell’s Honda UTX 1800 on display at the ball.

“She loves the bike,” Keith DiBell said. “We went out on it yesterday.”

The event, Mitchell said, serves as the opening event to the riding season every year.

Danya Cuccaro agrees.

“We come here every year,” she said. “And anyone who lets the rain stop them is a wimp. I mean, we grew up in Ohio so we know to expect the rain.”