2010 Florida State H.O.G. Rally
The 2010 Florida State H.O.G. Rally was a roaring success this year, as a matter of fact, so much so that they will be holding the rally at the same location in 2011. The event was hosted in Destin at the Emerald Grande Resort at HarborWalk Village, with the scene of fishing boats cruising the harbor and dolphins playing in the bay as a spectacular backdrop.
Beginning on October 20th, chapters from across the country started pouring in for the four day rally. The hard work that Florida H.O.G. Rally’s state coordinator, Bruce Fuller, the event staff and volunteers had put in to make it a success was evident from the start. Jean Wallace from the Pensacola Bluff’s Scenic Highway along with Vivian Shamel and Bill Freeze from Walton County’s Scenic 30-A were on hand in the registration room to provide information, educational literature and promotional items for their scenic respective highways and the Florida Scenic Highway Program. It seems that Harley owners really enjoy getting off of the beaten path and the riders were grateful to know there were scenic drives they could take advantage of during the rally. Many of the participants planned to stay longer than the length of the rally or return again to explore Florida’s scenic highways. It was also a great opportunity to make new friends and contacts with members of the Emerald Coast Tourist Development Council.
The event, which brought in about 2,000 bikers, was also a boost to local businesses and economies which had suffered from the effects of the oil spill during the summer months. Next year’s event should be even better and bring more people, as the word is out to the H.O.G. world about the beauty of Northwest Florida.
by Vivian Shamel, member of the Friends of Scenic 30A