NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center says Nashville Bike Week is not being held on their property as organizers had claimed.
Nashville Bike Week organizers announced plans last Thursday to hold the 10-day motorcycle festival, reportedly planned for this September, in the large parking areas of Opryland’s property.
However, on Tuesday, an update to the event’s Facebook page says both Opryland as well as a local campground expected to be open for attendees have pulled out of the event.
Nashville Bike Week says they were “being harassed,” which is why they opted to forego hosting.
News 2 reached out to Opryland who simply said the event is not happening there. Further information wasn’t provided.
Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park Camp said Nashville Bike Week never paid them to secure the park for the event, which is why hopeful attendees didn’t have spots reserved.
“Now the phone calls are coming in because people think they have RV sites and they don’t,” said General Manager Tammy Westrich. “We’ve never received any money.”
Jellystone staff says they’ve received dozens of calls from people wondering if their spots were secured; some of those calls were border-line threats.
“We’re not going to take the threats lightly because we are a family-friendly park,” said Westrich. “Mike Axle needs to do something and get a handle on this because we’re not doing this. I’m not doing the phone calls anymore.”
Westrich told News 2 she thinks Bike Week would be great for Nashville, and if it ends up happening, bikers are welcome to reserve a spot through them as long as they adhere to their family-friendly rules.
Event organizers also said on their Facebook Tuesday they met with attorneys and paid every band and company committed for the 10-day event in full.
The post also says all the necessary permits are “figured out,” adding that “as long as we don’t camp no more than 5,000 on site over 18 hours we are good to go.”
We reached out to Mike Axle’s lawyer but he had no comment. We also emailed the Nashville Bike Week email address but no one responded.
A woman who says she is with the event sent us an email with this message for upset customers: “I have not told customers anything about working with Jellystone, so I would tell them to stop listening to haters gossip. Listen only to the facts we give them.”
Another press release is expected Wednesday with updates.