Tenth Wharf Rat Rally everything organizers hoped it would be

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Published on August 30, 2014

Registration went smoothly with no complaints, says rally chair Glenn Dunn.

Published on August 30, 2014

Rally chair Glenn Dunn says they will have final registration numbers by Tuesday or Wednesday.

Published on August 30, 2014

Bikers stream through the downtown Saturday.

Published on August 30, 2014

Bikes were parked the length of Digby’s front street and up along First Avenue as well.

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A biker bride and groom drive through Digby Saturday afternoon.

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Saturday at the Wharf Rat Rally.

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Ed Daniels of Halifax wouldn’t miss the rally for anything.

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Ed Daniels of Halifax really knows how to enjoy the Wharf Rat Rally.

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Ed Daniels of Halifax is fixture at the Wharf Rat Rally.

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A little Harley rider.

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Looking north up Digby’s front street.

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All kinds of bikes.

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This was Digby’s front street on Friday evening.

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This was the mall parking lot at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The tenth annual Wharf Rat Rally has turned out to be everything the organizers hoped it would be.

“People are happy,” said Glenn Dunn, chair of the rally. “People are here who come every year, people are back who haven’t been for years, every one has fun, no problems to speak of and it’s a natural progression. It just grows every year.”

[Video of bikers rolling through a crowded downtown Digby on Saturday]

Dunn says they won’t have the official registration numbers until Tuesday or Wednesday but he said it’s obvious to anyone who walks downtown that the numbers are up.

If the 50/50 is any measure they are way of ahead of last year. Last year’s total was $32,000 and Saturday night at 7 p.m. they’d already reached $30,000.

“Look at Friday night,” said Glenn. “Last year at 5 p.m. we still had cars in front of the bank and empty parking spaces. This year by 3 p.m. Friday the downtown was full of bikes.”

Saturday parked bikes stretched the length of Digby’s front street and bikers were using First Avenue as well.

Traffic coming into Digby was solid on Highway 101 back as far as the Joggin Bridge at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Dunn says the registration at the mall went smoothly with no congestion or complaints.

“People were telling me, why didn’t you guys do this five years ago?” he said. “They parked up there, they were pleasant, they chatting with each other, they were just happy to be at the rally.”

The Matt Minglewood concert was also extremely well attended.

“It was just packed, it was over the top,” said Dunn.

Sunday’s schedule includes a Blessing of the Bikes at 10 a.m., a Farewell Run through town at 10:45 a.m., drag races at the airport, and stunt shows.

Closing ceremonies go at 9 p.m. with the 50/50 draw, and a draw for the 2014 Harley Fat Boy and of course the fireworks.

For more info, check out wharfratrally.com

The Courier’s ongoing coverage of the rally.

jriley@digbycourier.ca

 

Geographic location: Digby, First Avenue

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  • Anita
    September 02, 2014 - 10:48

    Love the picture this is my little boy Harley