Fall rally, the third major biker rally on the Grand Strand, getting underway


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MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina — The third major bike rally of the year is getting underway along the Grand Strand.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports (http://bit.ly/1rEAaRj ) that the fall Harley-Davidson motorcycle rally, also called "The Pilgrimage" gets underway Monday and continues through next weekend. It's expected to attract thousands of bikers.

"We get a somewhat decent crowd, but it's nowhere near what we have in the spring," said Horry County spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier.

The biggest rallies of the year are spring Harley Davison rally and the Memorial Day weekend Atlantic Beach Bikefest.

Last spring, almost 100 vendors received licenses to sell during the Harley-Davidson rally. As of last Thursday, only 22 had sought permits for this year's fall rally.

Local communities have been working on a safety plan for next year's Bikefest after a rash of shootings during that event that resulted in three deaths and seven people being wounded.

The fall rally events are concentrated in areas south of Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach police plan to patrol on their regular schedules.

"For us it will just be business as usual," said Capt. David Knipes.

The highlight of the rally is a "Cruise the Coast" ride Friday, said Sarah George, a Harley-Davidson representative.

The event starts at Springmaid Pier at the south end of Myrtle Beach and the bikers head north, stopping at four piers as far north as Cherry Grove near the North Carolina state line.

The fall event began 15 years ago and has grown every year, George said.

Information from: The Sun News, http://www.thesunnews.com/

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