Vendors set up shop for Bike Week

Myrtle Beach, SC - By Mark Meredith - bio | email

MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) - Monday is the first day vendors in Horry County can set up shop for the Harley Davidson "Cruisin' the Coast" spring bike rally.

Vendors are required to have a permit from Horry County in order to operate their business. Permits, according to county records, can cost vendors hundreds of dollars.

"We're looking to get rid of [a bunch of] T-shirts," said Joe Levy, who traveled from Daytona Beach in order to sell his goods in the Grand Strand. "We have nice merchandise, so hopefully people will show up and it will be good."

Until recently, vendors were allowed to be set up for 10 days during the rally, but changes by the county government only allow vendors to be setup from Monday until Sunday.

"Being it was a soft weekend, we could have grossed an extra $3,000 or $4,000," said Gary Hagler, a food vendor visiting Murrells Inlet from Ohio. "That's a lot of money."

Many vendors said they plan to stay away from the Myrtle Beach city limits because bikers are steering clear of the area. The city passed a helmet law that many bikers said would prevent them from visiting the area.

"Right now it's a little bit slower," said Kenneth Defillippo, a biker visiting from New Jersey. "It seems there were more people last year, and two years ago, there were even more people" said Defillippo.

Vendors will close up shop on Sunday May 16, the last day of the spring rally.

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