We have an annual event - OHIO BIKE WEEK - that draws tens of thousands of bikers, where we barricade off our whole downtown from Thurs-Sun. Our downtown merchants, save for the restaurants and bars complain that they get little if any business from these types of events. Is there really a thing such as "residual business" that these events create by people seeing their knick-knacks during this weekend or is it a fallacy? I tend to think the latter, due to the amount of events going on in the streets, that these event-goers are oblivious to most of our businesses and what they have to offer. In our case bikers have little need for sailing/boating supplies, artwork or antiques for example. Apparently in Sturgis during their BIKEWEEK, the business owners rent out their spaces for the week to businesses that cater to bikers, like tattoo parlors, clothing stores, etc. Overall, is this a negative impact or positive impact for downtown businesses? What are your experiences? Are these events good for downtowns overall?