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Yes, we went hiking on Saturday and had lots of fun. But, today, we are not going to tell you about that. We are going to tell you about something fun we saw.
Yesterday was the 18th annual Haywood County (NC) Motorcycle Parade and Toy Run. The parade goes through all four towns of our county and we happened to be in Waynesville as it passed through. Every rider donates money or toys in order to participate, and those donations are used to take care of children in our county who may not have a bright Christmas without the help. Economic times are tough everywhere, but in a small rural county like us, there are a lot of families who could use a little extra help. Estimates at the beginning of the day were that over 1600 motorcyclists would be participating. We have not heard a final count, but we saw hundreds and hundreds of bikers in the parade.
Because the Blue Ridge Parkway cuts through our county, a lot of our tourism comes from motorcyle fans. We host a few motorcycle festivals during the warmer months and have a fantastic museum located here, Wheels Through Time. So the cool part is that many of these motorcyclists came here for the weekend just to ride in the parade. So we want to say thank you – and salute the great, caring bikers!
Here come the bikers!
Headed down Main Street Waynesville
Most bikes had toys strapped on for donation
Or a big stuffed bear
What is a parade without Santa Claus?
Ok, ok. We can’t have a blog post without at least one picture of a member of The Herd. Kodiak would like to say thanks to all of the bikers! And, yes, The Herd handles the noise of the bikes very well.
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