It’s no secret October has been rough in terms of weather the last two years in South Carolina.
One of the many trickle down effects of last year’s hurricane and the historic flooding of 2015 was a decline in attendance at the Myrtle Beach Fall Harley Rally.
As of Thursday, the sun has been glistening on the shiny choppers and bringing bright smiles to vendors and business owners.
Leslie Beaver, the Owner of Beaver Bar, said she isn’t sure if people are reluctant to head north because of the destruction caused by Hurricane Irma and Maria.
“I thought maybe we might lose some of our Florida, Georgia people due to Hurricane Irma or Hurricane Maria,” said Beaver. “Some of the vendors are a little more optimistic. They seem to think that everything’s normal compared to last year.”
George and Kelly Merced, the owners of Chrome Premium Cigars, have been attending the rallies in Murrells Inlet for years, but Matthew made for a rough start as a vendor last year.
“It threw the bike week off a little bit as far as attendance because we go right from here to Daytona Florida where our main store is,” said George Merced. “We’re really happy to be here and this year the weather is beautiful 100 percent the weather gods are with us,”
It takes a lot of time money and preparation to dish out authentic italian food to hungry bikers, and Jason Dailey with Johnny Paffuto’s Italiano said bad weather can really hurt business.
“Anytime you get any of the rain or flooding or anything like that it definitely puts a damper on business,” said Dailey. “Perfect example in the spring we had rain days and it really put a damper on things but it’s been a fabulous week so far for this fall rally.”
The event ends Sunday, and all the vendors and bikers are hoping that the sun sticks around as long as the bikes.