It started on Thursday. In the distance, you could hear the low rumble of the Harley’s rolling into town. Plat. Plat. Plat
. On the highways, you could see the caravans of RVs progressing their way into Jefferson. There was a sense of excitement in the cold damp October air. It was clear that this was going to be a different kind of weekend. It was clear that it was the Boo Benefit
There have been no official numbers released yet on attendance or on the amount of money raised, but the Marion County Chamber of Commerce
has said that the event had a larger attendance then 2008. Potentially there were upwards of 40,000 people and their bikes in town for the benefit.
This was a sturdy crowd. They didn’t let the miserable weather keep them from the rally. The first rider went out at 10am on Saturday for one of two courses. It was an all day ride and people didn’t start coming back in until late afternoon. Many of the riders said that the cold cut through their chaps and the rain pelted them like nails. However, they were here to support Boo and they were determined to ride for the cause.
The Carriage House
was full. Our guests started showing up early Friday afternoon. Some rode in but most everybody trailered their bikes. On Saturday, Tom made his “Almost World Famous Chili” to help keep everyone warm. Dixie and Samantha made a host of new Best Friends and Dixie even tried to go home with the crew out of Jacksonville (I think they would have taken her too).
Everyone had a blast. It was a fun and fantastic weekend. We are already booked for next year but if you would like to go on the wait list, please call us at (903) 665-9511.