MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) - Bikers aren't the only ones kicking it in gear this week. Businesses all over the county are hustling to get ready for this year's fall bike rally.
"I had friends come in town last night and said the street, the highways were full of motorcycles and motorcycles on trailers," said Bill Butler, an organizer for the rally.
Bill Barber with Suck Bang Blow has been preparing for this week since the spring rally ended. He says attendance at the spring rally increased nearly 60 percent this year, and the smaller fall rally should mirror that.
"We're anticipating this to be the best fall rally we've ever had," he said.
Barber says last year's fall rally saw a huge jump in attendance and organizers expect that trend to continue. They believe the more people they can bring in, the more it will help hotels, restaurants, and bars in the grand strand.
"It's a huge financial impact for the county and for all the cities along the grand strand," said Barber.
Organizers also believe the second annual cruise the loop ride will keep people coming back. The 100 mile ride takes visitors from Georgetown to Bucksport back down through Myrtle Beach and Murrells Inlet.
"Most of the people that ride in that comment on how they didn't know that the grand strand was such a wonderful place," Barber said. "They usually come and stay at their condo and stay at the beach and don't get to cruise around and see what the grand strand has to offer."
They hope the ride along with many activities will keep people like Tim Michaels coming back year after year.
"I'm down here with my brothers and it's a good change for us to get together and just hang out in a place that we're not familiar with," said Michaels, visiting from Tennessee