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Successful Harley Rally wraps up

Shirt by shirt and banner by banner, the folks at the Rat Hole in Socastee spent the day cleaning up after a week of fun. (Source: Conor McCue). Shirt by shirt and banner by banner, the folks at the Rat Hole in Socastee spent the day cleaning up after a week of fun. (Source: Conor McCue).
Source: Conor McCue Source: Conor McCue
Things wrap up as the Harley rally comes to an end. (Source: Conor McCue). Things wrap up as the Harley rally comes to an end. (Source: Conor McCue).

SOCASTEE, SC (WMBF) - Shirt by shirt and banner by banner, the folks at the Rat Hole in Socastee spent the day cleaning up after a week of fun.

The annual Harley Rally started last weekend, but Tropical Storm Ana dampened the plans to start.

Once everything dried up, things went better than getting back to normal.

"The numbers were extremely high,” said Ron Weaver, owner of the Rat Hole. “When we filled up the two fields as well as the asphalt, there's a lot of people here, and it's like it was years ago.

Weaver brings up years past because those were the heyday for Harley week. He says a bad economy and a push for new helmet laws slowed the rally's growth, but the past couple years people have started coming back.

“It's become not just tourists coming back, but more of a family atmosphere here,” Weaver said. “They're extremely friendly. People look forward to seeing their friends that they've met here from other parts of the country," He said.

Weaver says this year's record turnout not only has to do with the better economy, but also a lot of it has to do with advertising, and this weekend's nice weather. He says people showed up by the thousands.

"It's very rewarding as a business, and the people, participants here were able to get ahead instead of being behind like we have in the past,” He said.

"There's a lot of other bike shows going on at this time of year, you know, it's so spread out,” said Amanda Alcantara with the Leon Leather Company, a vendor in town for the rally.

Alcantara says the crowds were there, but sales weren't what she hoped in some places. She can't pin it on one thing, but says the business did well enough to survive.

Her business will keep coming back though with hopes it keeps growing like the rally.

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