MURRELLS INLET, SC (WMBF) - Fall Bike Week was all but canceled last year due to the historic rains that swept through the Grand Strand, and now locals are hoping this fall bike week doesn't go the same way.
Many locals say the last couple of fall bike weeks have left more to be desired, and that so far, this bike week has been more of the same. However, they're hoping the second half of the rally could turn things around.
"If you wanna have a good time, then you're going to be here no matter what." said Trump supporter Robin Holley.
As the rain came down for hours Thursday, Trump supporters seemed unaffected. One woman says she was visiting from another state and heard about event on Facebook. When asked about the rain, she said she would have come here in a boat.
Fall Bike Week usually brings less people than Spring Bike Week, but in recent years, those numbers have dropped even more. One vendor says they've been working bike weeks for years and this last weekend was mostly dead. She says she's hoping the rain will clear up and the second half of the week will bring in more business.
"To lose that money off of the rally was tough for us." said John Hayes.
Hayes says he and his family provide parking for bikes during the week, and have also seen a decrease in visitors so far.
"The larger that it could be, the more that it helps not just us, but the better that it helps the community out."
Hayes and others say the Trump rally certainly helped bring people down, and they'll continue to stay positive.
"The rain will hurt. It will push people away. But a lot of times at this hour it just pushes them into a restaurant and they come out later anyway," Hayes said.