Sarasota preps for Thunder By the Bay Jan. 7-9

Publish Date: 
Jan 4, 2011

Sarasota, Fla., is rolling out the red carpet for the annual Thunder By the Bay Motorcycle Festival Jan. 7 to 9.

The rally kicks off with a “Born to be Wild” party at 7 p.m. Jan. 7, at the Hyatt Regency Sarasota.

A “Dealer Dollar Day” ride starts at the Holiday Inn Airport and runs from 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 8, followed by the downtown festival from 4 to 11 p.m. on Main Street. The festival also runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan 9, and features a 13-class bike show, “Miss Thunder By the Bay” finals, vendor displays and live entertainment.

Each year the festival draws about 30,000 people to the Sarasota area. To date, more than $700,000 has been raised to help local children and families, according to the Sarasota Observer. Proceeds benefit Suncoast Charities for Children, a nonprofit agency that supports children with special needs such as Special Olympics and Community Haven.

Posted by Holly Wagner