LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — Organizers of the 87th annual Motorcycle Week hope the weather holds up better for the nine-day event than it did last year.

"It rained quite a bit last year," Cherri Rowell, who works at the Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, said yesterday. So far "the weather's looking nice, the bikes are coming in."

Hotels and motels in the region were filling up, with some scattered vacancies. The annual event, one of several big motorcycle rallies across the country, has drawn between 300,000 and 400,000 people in past years. Last year, Laconia officials said the economy and rainy weather combined to keep attendance down.

Bike Week officially starts today with the annual ride around Lake Winnipesaukee in memory of Peter Makris, operator of the local Naswa Resort, who died several years ago.

The National Weather Service said there will be a chance of storms this afternoon. Thundershowers were in the forecast for tomorrow afternoon and night, with sky clearer for the first part of next week.

Concerts, photo exhibits, tent sales, guided scenic rides, biker build-off contests, and pool tournaments are among the many activities.

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