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Bikers reveal why so many gathered at the Myrtle Beach Mall during Bikefest

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Thousands of bikers gather in the Myrtle Beach Mall parking lot during Bikefest.

Bikers visiting from Georgia say the Hooters restaurants and the Myrtle Beach Mall grew to be the hot spot over the weekend, especially at night.

A biker group visiting from Augusta has spent its nights in the Hooter's parking lot, and these bikers are not alone.

Some say they wouldn't be surprised to know over 2,000 bikers were in this parking lot each night.

Pam Browning and Egypt Murray have been coming to Bikefest for the past several years.

They see the parking area as a spot they can come and be a part of what the event is all about.

Coming together, reuniting with people they only see in Myrtle Beach and meeting new friends.

Though police were speaking with people, and patrolling the parking lot, Browning says there weren't any problems and many bikers she spoke with were avoiding the traffic loop and say they wanted to be where they felt welcome, not tolerated.

"Just a laid back, hang out spot, and they welcome us, and you go where you're welcome. As long as they welcome us, we'll be coming back," Browning explained.

Bikers say the parking lot is not only a place they can get off their bikes and relax, but it also gives them a safe opportunity to check out all of the bikes. 

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