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Fall Thunder Beach motorcycle rally back on

Published: Oct. 6, 2020 at 10:43 AM CDT
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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG) -

UPDATE 10/06/2020 4:00 P.M.:

After a turn of events, the thunder will roll on this October.

“I am actually ecstatic. I think it’s going to be a big turnout,” Indian Motorcycle general manager Randy Moore said.

Canceled in September, Panama City Beach leaders reconsidered and approved the fall Thunder Beach rally on Monday.

“It’s one of those be careful what you wish for moments because we got two weeks to promote and stage an event which is not a lot of time. I’d much rather be doing it than not doing it. It’s exciting and challenging,” Thunder Beach Productions President and owner Joe Biggs said.

Biggs said they will do their best to create a safe environment for bikers.

The city already stated it will require everyone to wear face coverings.

“We’re going to be encouraging and we’re going to enforce in the context of, we’re not going to yank people by the scruff of their neck and pull them out of the venue. That’s not realistic. We’re not going to do that,” Biggs said. “However, we’re going to have free masks available to people if they forgot to bring one.”

Planning on such short notice also means the event may not be exactly like those in years past, including live music and venues.

“Most everybody in local bands are already booked given it’s already two weeks away. So, we may or may not have live music at the venue, that remains to be seen what can be accomplished and arranged between now and the next few days.”

Frank Brown Park and Harley Davidson will still be used for the event, but Biggs said they lost out on a different popular spot.

“We normally have one of our venues across the street from sharky’s, we call it the ‘Crossroads at Thunder Beach venue;’ we’re not going utilize that at this time,” Biggs said.

However, locals are still excited to get back to a sense of normalcy.

“This is like a breath of fresh air that they did approve this. So yes, I would like to get back to it as quickly as possible and still protect everybody,” Moore said. “My main concern is nobody to get sick. I think everybody is in the same boat as I am we want to get back to normal.”

Organizers said they will soon post a schedule of events on their website with more details on this fall’s rally.

It’ll take place on October 21 through the 25.

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The fall 2020 Thunder Beach motorcycle rally is back on. That’s according to Thunder Beach Productions staff.

Staff with Thunder Beach applied for a permit for the rally before the state of Florida entered Phase 3 of its reopening plan. They say when Phase 3 began, they entered new permit plans with the city of Panama City Beach.

Tuesday morning, Thunder Beach staff announce the rally is back on for October 21-25.

In the announcement, staff say there are safety protocols in place due to COVID-19. City officials say all staff, vendors, and patrons must wear face coverings during the event. Those protocols and a new schedule of events will be added to the website, according to the announcement.

The official Thunder Beach vendor village will be at Frank Brown Park and Harley-Davidson. Hammerhead Fred’s and Sharky’s Beachfront and Tiki Bare will be partner venues.

Thunder Beach Productions staff announced Tuesday morning the fall motorcycle rally is back on for October 21-25.
Thunder Beach Productions staff announced Tuesday morning the fall motorcycle rally is back on for October 21-25.(Thunder Beach Productions)

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