2020 week-long Fall Thunder Beach Rally on Panama City Beach

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Dothan, Ala. (WDHN)—After initially canceling due to Covid-19, the bi-annual “Thunder Beach” Rally takes place this weekend.

An estimated 50-to-70 thousand motorcycles are riding the strip on Panama City Beach.

As the bikes pass through the wiregrass, local businesses are financially benefitting from a large number of riders.

Over recent days’, folks across the wiregrass have seen a large number of motorcycles heading South.
This weekend, tens-of-thousands of motorcyclists from mainly the Southeast are along the “World’s Most Beautiful Beaches”.

At the Dothan Harley-Davidson store, they’ve been “ramped-up” with customers heading to Thunder Beach with Florida
totally “re-opening” from the pandemic, many bikers suffer from covid-fatigue.

Harley Davidson of Dothan’s Robby Thompson says
“Dothan is a stopping point as well as where these riders live. It always increases our traffic. They always come in to collect a t-shirt or poker chip and looking
at our inventory and maybe trade a bike along the way.”

In Western Geneva County, Samson V-Twin Motorcycle shop is also seeing a business on-slaught. That includes
everything from engine repairs, to the sale of helmets and leather jackets. Owner Steve Carr says “seeing a big increase this year,
probably people are tired of being stuck in. We started seeing an increase on Tuesday, Wednesday and yesterday was real big,
and today will be another big day with bikes getting gas across the street with people coming in and talking motorcycles and stuff, but it is a big increase.”

Thunder Beach organizers say the week-long event is a way to get back to normal following essentially the six-month
“shut down” of the economy.

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