SKOWHEGAN – Hundreds of motorcyclists and their Yamahas, Harley-Davidsons, Suzukis and other bikes filled downtown Skowhegan on Saturday night for the third annual Bike Night.

Men, women and children kicked off the event with a 90-mile bike ride, after which they enjoyed a night of bike competitions, three live bands, stunt riders, vendors and a beer tent at the municipal parking lot.

To ride in a large pack is “really high adrenaline,” said Glen Hines of Waterville, who participated in the ride. The ride started at 2 p.m. and looped from Skowhegan to Winslow, down to Augusta and back to Skowhegan via Belgrade Lakes and Norridgewock.

About 120 bikes left Skowhegan and more joined in along the two-and-a-half hour ride, for which police blocked traffic, said Cory King, director of the Skowhegan Area Chamber of Commerce, the event’s organizer.

Bobbie Brooks, of Madison, an area representative for United Bikers of Maine, said she rides for “the freedom.”

“It’s a way of life. It’s a good way of life. Good people, good friends,” she said.

Dale and Brenda Mullin, of Embden, went for their own two-hour motorcycle ride to Greenville during the hot Saturday afternoon. They came to Bike Night to meet friends and enjoy the music, they said.

“I think it’s nice that Skowhegan has this to offer,” Brenda Mullin said.

Kurt Goldsmith, 8, of Skowhegan, said, “I like it because of all the flash bikes.” Born in New Zealand, “flash” means “cool,” his mother, Julie Goldsmith, explained.

The crowd also participated in events at the parking lot outside Charrier’s Restaurant. Children’s activities, bands, food, vendors, stunt bikes and contests were organized by Christina Hughes, owner of Skowvegas Tattoos.

Matt Dubois, co-owner of The Bankery, on Main Street, said that even though the Bike Night crowd is not the bakery’s best crowd — it does better with more family-oriented events — “bringing people downtown, we like that,” he said.

Casey Berry, a bartender at the Old Mill Pub, said the eatery and bar had a busy lunch. “A lot busier than last year,” she said.