First Posted: 8/22/2009
For the past four days, motorcyclists have been flooding Surry County for the North Carolina H.O.G. Rally.
Patrons have traveled from 26 states, Canada and Great Britain in numbers topping 1,740 registrees for the event.
Its awesome. Its one of the better rallies Ive been to. There are lots of things to do, said Chaz Steiner from Lincoln, Neb. I may end up moving back here.
The participants have gone on observation rides through the area, they have visited local businesses, they have stopped at the many wineries in the area, they enjoyed a pancake breakfast in the middle of Main Street and many other activities.
I liked the rally here, riding in the mountains, the local bar, Koozies, and the friendly people. All of the locals have been accepting of us being here and they have thanked us for coming, said A.J. Harrell from Roanoke Rapids. Its the best one Ive been to in North Carolina in a long time.
I liked the observation runs because we got to see quite a bit of the area around here. We rode in the parade and we got to see all of the places around town, said Steiner. We went into Floyds Barbershop and I got my picture taken with him.
Its been great except the weather hasnt cooperated too well, said Joyce Williams of Charlotte. I would come back.
Even the people from this area enjoyed the event and getting to meet people from other places and help show them a good time in Surry County.
Its good to have it local. Seeing all the bikes here is nice. Were always going away for these things, said Robert and Juanita Easter of Mount Airy.
Its sort of local for us, said Kim and Vickie Easter from Winston-Salem. We enjoyed the wineries and Goobers and places like that. We wish we had stayed here instead of driving back and forth.
The event was a success in the eyes of organizers as well as participants.
Its been a great event for us, said Jean Collins, event coordinator. The people who I have talked to about the rally have talked about the friendly town and the people. Everyone has been so nice and so helpful. They said it was some of the best riding that theyve done.
Many people are hoping that the HOG Rally will become an annual event in the area.
Id like to see it come back every year, said Larry Moore.
Collins acknowledged the help that the American Legion Riders have given the HOG Rally in helping organizers to prepare Veterans Park as the rally point as well as with the vendors set up in that area.
The American Legion Riders of Mount Airy have been instrumental in getting everything ready in the park for this to happen, said Collins.
Wayne Willard, the original organizer for the cleaning of the grounds, was in a serious motorcycle accident two weeks ago, leaving the rally in the hands of the other members of the American Legion Riders.
The other members of the American Legion Riders have had to step up and have worked diligently. They have been here every day for more than two weeks doing the mowing and cleaning, said Collins.
When the American Legion was approached by Collins to be a part of the HOG Rally, its members were excited to get involved. The American Legion Riders then enlisted the help of Wings of Glory and the Christian Motorcycle Association.
They were huge in helping us. It was a combined effort with them to make this happen, said Gary Willard with American Legion Riders. Hopefully the city benefited by it.
The Riders were also responsible for the 30 to 40 vendors set up at the park for the event.
It seems the majority of the public that came out here was tickled, said Willard. Theres a lot of work that goes into this park and its all volunteer. The American Legion Riders would like to thank Harley-Davidson for choosing Veterans Park for the rally site and all the help from the community of Mount Airy.
Contact Morgan Wall at [email protected] or 719-1929.