Big Bear Choppers’ seventh annual Ride the Mountain event once again brought thousands of visitors to the Big Bear Valley. Though Andy Meadors of Big Bear Choppers says that he heard from a number of bikers that the rainy weather off the mountain kept some from coming, over 5,000 attended Saturday’s festivities, which included stunts and freaks and rockabilly band the Chop Tops under the circus tent at Snow Summit. Meadors says the day was “definitely a success”–in part, he adds, “because this is such an affordable getaway for the biking community.” Big Bear Choppers, on Sunday, had magician Criss Angel on site at their Fox Farm facility, for a free meet and greet. Says Meadors, “Criss Angel rolled up in his Rolls Royce, and we had another thousand people here to see him, with a line all the way down the street. Criss Angel fans from all over the nation flew in for this, including a family from New York, whose 15-year-old daughter is a Criss Angel fan.” In addition to serving as a boost to the local economy, proceeds from Saturday’s Ride the Mountain will benefit the Benevolent Fund at Community Church by the Lake, which offers assistance to local families in need seven days a week.