It all began in 2004 when several events were planned over that same weekend, including concerts, vendors, music and tours. For that first rally, 750 motorcycles came into town along with 4,500 visitors. Each year the event has grown larger. Four years later, in 2008, 50,000 bikers and 25,000 bikes arrived.
As I told him, I am not a motorcycle mama.
I was overwhelmed this year as it was "wall-to-wall" people and bikes. It was peaceful in the sense that everyone was orderly and enjoying it all, but the noise was deafening as the cycles arrived.
The picture at right, below, I took early when the crowds were not as heavy as later on.
All the bikes were lined up along the main street. I saw motorcycles from as far away as Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec as well as from the States of Missouri, New York and Maine among others. The majority, of course, were from Nova Scotia and the other Atlantic provinces.