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Darlington County community deems National Bikers Roundup a success

Gas station owner said he had increased sales during NBR Gas station owner said he had increased sales during NBR

DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - The Darlington County sheriff said the National Bikers Roundup weekend went as well as it could have and he'd even welcome the group back again.

Sheriff Wayne Byrd said there were no arrests at the Darlington Dragway or even around the county associated with the National Bikers Roundup.

The Darlington County Sheriff's Office had extra deputies around during the event to deal with any sort of crime or safety issues, but Sheriff Byrd said there really only were minor incidents.

"When you bring that many people into such a small area, it's natural to have some disagreements and maybe some arguments, but everything went off well," he said. "We had a great crowd, a great event."

He said he thinks the increased law enforcement presence helped keep the event free of any problems, but he also said the crowd overall was cooperative and polite, which made the job easier for law enforcement.

Area business owners said they were also pleasantly surprised with the positive attitude of National Bikers Roundup customers. The Mayflower Seafood Restaurant had some bikers come back for meals multiple days during the event.

"I met some of the nicest people I've ever met, so it was great," said Danny Watson, owner of Mayflower Seafood Restaurant. "For that big a crowd, it really worked out nice for us."

The owner of Quick Stop #3, Neal Patel, said he had six months' worth of sales in five days.

"That was a real good experience," Neal Patel said. "The customers were friendly. No trouble. That's the biggest thing."

National Bikers Roundup chooses a different location every year for its event.

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