Visitors up as Destin welcomes Florida HOG rally

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Bikers are flooding the streets of Destin for the annual Florida state HOG rally, which runs through Saturday.

Organizers said they had more registrants for the event this year than ever before. Several thousand riders are expected to attend before the rally closes Saturday night, Jamie Hall, a spokeswoman for host hotel Emerald Grande, told the Northwest Florida Daily News.

“We’re bikers and it’s a culture,” says Don Seeley, president of the Daytona Beach HOG. “These rallies are homecomings. You find your family here. Its like going to Mom’s for Thanksgiving and seeing your cousins you haven’t seen in a year.”

Pam Epley of Knoxville, Tenn., travels across the country selling patches, pins, camouflage do-rags and a line of sexy women’s clothing, which she said is usually among her best sellers. She says she started working the Harley circuit because of the clientele.

“The biker crowd, they’re very relaxed and easy to get along with,” she said. “It’s not like fairs and festivals where there’s a lot of mischief. I can sit here in my chair and not worry about them stealing my items. That’s a plus.”

Posted by Holly Wagner

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