By Diana Olmstead & Robin Hudson
Early in the day on Friday, July 28th, the Quick Throttle staff rolled into Ocean Shores, WA to check out and take part in the ‘Bikers at the Beach’ motorcycle rally.
The main gathering point for the ‘Bikers at the Beach’ three day motorcycle rally was at the Ocean Shores Convention Center. However, this year the organizers added a new twist to the event to keep it fresh and lively – they added a Saturday satellite location in Westport, WA, a quaint little ocean front fishing town.
We pulled our bikes in just prior to the events official opening time of noon, and before long the place was packed with bikes, vendors and people! The weather was gorgeous; bright sunshine, warm temps, blue skies and no wind… this was definitely a t-shirt or tank top kind of day!
Since our bikes were still loaded with gear we decided to go check into our weekend accommodations, a beautiful condo courtesy of At The Beach Rentals, Inc. Our two-bedroom condo had a full kitchen and a large deck that gave us a breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean. There is nothing more peaceful than watching the sun rise or set against the ocean, while listening to the waves pound the sand as the ocean scented breeze blows against you.
Every hotel, motel and condo in Ocean Shores was booked to capacity and predominantly filled with thousands of motorcycle riders who were in town to spend a nice chunk of change at the local shops, restaurants and bars while having a great time with their friends at the ‘Bikers at the Beach’ rally.
After we had unpacked and chatted with a couple of other riders staying in the condo below us, we headed back over to rally which was brimming with shiny motorcycles of all makes and models. The vendors were in full swing and were offering up and selling a wide variety of services and merchandise – biker apparel, tie-dye shirts, jewelry, cutlery, pins & patches, patch sewing, sunglasses, sweaters & ponchos, kids apparel & toys, etc. In addition, there were at least a half dozen food trucks offering rally attendees a wide array of food options. I believe all together there were 60 vendors both inside and outside the Convention Center.
A fenced off 21 & over beer garden, an outdoor stage, and bleachers for seating of all age groups were set up near the main parking lot entrance bordering Chance A La Mer Ave. This created a fun, rockin’ vibe and an area for riders and locals to kick back and enjoy the outdoor entertainment throughout the entire weekend.
Before we knew it, the wildly popular One Wheel Revolution – All Harley Stunt Team was just getting their 5pm performance started in the large parking lot to the west of the Convention Center. These guys were a huge hit last year and everyone couldn’t wait to see them again this year!
After watching their jaw dropping stunts we headed back to the condo to grab a bite to eat and relax a bit before the start of the Friday Night Biker Party festivities.
Friday’s Biker Party was a lot of fun! If you weren’t there, you missed out. The Hypnosis Company opened the party by hypnotizing a dozen party goers, myself included. While I would like to tell you all about my experience at the show I honestly don’t remember any of it… because I was hypnotized. But according to my friends, I and everyone else who was hypnotized, had a very fun and silly time.
Soon after the show, The Motors band, a 5 piece rock ‘n roll band, took the stage and played a great mix of songs from such classic rock bands as the Eagles, Doobie Brothers, John Cougar, Beatles, Rolling Stones and many more.
Next to the stage the Pole Vixens were performing pole acrobats. The indoor vendors also stayed open late which was really nice.
After listening to the band and spending time catching up with many of the friends I had crossed paths with during the night, it was time to head on out and hit the sack.
New this year was a Saturday morning parade/ride that started in Hoquiam. Spectators young and old lined the streets and waved as approximately 200 motorcycles rode by winding their way back to the Ocean Shores Convention Center where a designated parking area awaited their arrival.
The timing of the rider’s arrival was perfect as they were just in time to catch the Tenino Motorcycle Drill Team’s first performance of the day. The team consists of a great group of guys who truly love riding motorcycles together while supporting lots of motorcycle events all over the state and beyond. What many people don’t know about the team is that they are a non-profit organization that promotes motorcycle safety and awareness, and they sponsor an annual local scholarship fund.
By noon the place was once again packed with bikes and riders, as well as people of all ages who appreciate motorcycles and wanted to show their support for this event.
The registration booth, located just inside the Convention Center, was busy selling registration wristbands, event tank tops, shirts & hoodies at a rapid rate.
The Magics Custom Cycles sponsored this year’s Bike Show and their crew were busy signing up men and women wanting to compete. The Bike Show had 10 categories plus People’s Choice/Best of Show. For some it was hard to pick which category they felt they had the best chance of winning in.
Over in the parking lot to the west, the bike games had begun and dang was that a ton of fun to watch! Some of this year’s games were a different than last year which came as a happy surprise to most of the contestants. The riders competed in the Slow Race, Toilet Toss, Ball Drop, Water Balloon Catch, Ball on Cone and the always popular Weenie Bite contest. It was obvious that all of game contestants were having a great time, yet to them it was also a bona fide competition!
At the same time, the Bike Show had begun in the center of the vendor area capturing a massive amount of attention from the thousands of attendees onsite. I never get bored at bike shows; there is literally a bike that caters to just about anyone’s taste, young or old. This year was no exception; bikes ranged from a hot pink bedazzled Softail to a Jesse James custom chopper to a fully functional 1932 Indian Scout!
After the bike show ended it was time to check out the final performances of the Tenino Motorcycle Drill Team and One Wheel Revolution – All Harley Stunt Team. The area in which these guys performed was massive. People 2-3 deep lined the entire roped off perimeter wanting to capture all of the action!
One Wheel Revolution had tunes thumping in the background during their entire performance. Afterwards, the guys took time to sign and hand out autographed team photos, talk with the little kids, and pose for pictures with them.
It’s important to note that in addition to all of the above activities that were taking place, a couple of great local bands were rockin’ the outdoor stage. Special thanks go out to The Retro/Active Band and The Harrison Band.
Just a stone’s throw from the Westport Marina, along the boardwalk, the ‘Bikers at the Beach’ satellite location was coming alive with motorcycles, music by the Black Shepherd band, a ride through bike blessing booth, a small array of vendors, and a beer garden. Several event attendees chose to stay in Westport and camp or stay at any number of private house rentals, small cabins or motels.
Regardless of where you laid your head at night, all throughout the day there were several rides going back and forth between Ocean Shores and Westport.
Sometime around 6pm the Quick Throttle crew managed to take a quick but enjoyable dinner break before heading back to the Saturday Night Biker Party.
The Motors Band warmed up the crowd and got the party vibe going by playing a few sets. Next up was a condensed but fun version of The Hypnotist Show. But the main draw of the evening was the Moonshine Bandits concert! It was easy to see why this band is a favorite of the biker community. They boast a unique sound all of their own – a down and dirty, robust, high energy combination of Southern country and rap music. The dance floor was full of men and women, elbow to elbow, dancing and headbanging until the stroke of midnight!
The Pole Vixens were performing next to the stage that night as well. After the band played its final set it was time to watch some Jello wrestling… or shall I say, pudding wrestling. Let me tell you, a couple of the ladies went for it and really threw down! I’m sure they were hurting the next day but what a great way to end the night!
On Sunday, the majority of riders had checked out of their hotel rooms or campsites by 11am. Since the weather was so gorgeous many of the riders stopped back by the Convention Center to continue shopping once they realized that the vendor area was open until 2pm that day.
The ‘Bikers at the Beach’ motorcycle rally was made possible because of the support they received from their 2017 sponsors. A huge thank you goes out to the following Sponsors who believed in and supported this event: Northwest Harley-Davidson, Max Meyers Law, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Pacific Commons, Magic’s Custom Cycle, The Canterbury Inn, Oyhut Bay, and At The Beach Vacation Rentals.
A special thank you goes out to the Sands Resort, Quality Inn, Galway Bay Irish Pub Restaurants & Gifts, Arrowood Productions, Harbor Faith Riders Christian Motorcycle Association, B.A.C.A North Sound Chapter, the Ocean Shores Convention Center staff and Quick Throttle Magazine.
The ‘Bikers at the Beach’ motorcycle rally was organized by a great team of local individuals, groups, clubs and businesses who have many years of experience in organizing, assisting and supporting large scale events and motorcycle rallies. Their goal was to create a fun, exciting, motorcycle event with an old school vibe at the beach.
Every person that I spoke with said they had a great time and that they plan to return again next year… with a few more friends rolling into town next to them! Event attendance climbed significantly from the previous year, it was estimated that 10,000 people checked out the ‘Bikers at the Beach’ motorcycle rally!
The ‘Bikers at the Beach’ organizers wanted to share this message with our readers “Wow! What a gorgeous, fun filled weekend at the beach! We would like to thank all of the riders who came out and supported us. We have worked very hard to build relationships with riders all over the Pacific Northwest. We welcome all types of street legal motorcycles and men, women and families. Please remember that by registering for this event it enables us to give to our chosen charities – B.A.C.A. (Bikers Against Child Abuse), Communities in Schools, and C.M.A. (Christian Motorcycle Association). Your registration money also ensures that the ‘Bikers at the Beach’ motorcycle rally will continue and grow year after year. If you didn’t make it this year, be sure to bring your friends and attend next year’s rally! If you have any questions, or are interested in becoming a 2018 Sponsor or vendor please go to www.BikersAtTheBeach.com”
* Please note that the ‘Bikers at the Beach’ motorcycle rally was not affiliated with any other event taking place that weekend.
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