PENSACOLA, Fla (WKRG) – An event that brings about 50,000 people to Panama City Beach each fall is moving to Pensacola this year. The Thunder Beach motorcycle rally will be held November 7th to 11th at Casino Beach according to Joe Biggs, owner of Thunder Beach. The destruction from Hurricane Michael left it impossible for the rally to go on this weekend as scheduled.
Organizers don’t believe the last minute change will result in a crowd as big as the rally normally is but they are hoping for a decent crowd. And they are dedicating to rally to a good cause, Hurricane Michael relief. “Doing this is a challenge, the easiest thing would not be to do anything, said Biggs” to see what’s happened in Bay County is beyond belief…if we can raise a substantial amount of money it would do some good for folks.” The rally plans to work with the United Way to collect donations, 100 percent of that will go to Hurricane Michael relief in Bay County Florida.
Biggs says the although the event is going to be much smaller than normal, they hope to attract some big name music to the rally. This is the 18th year for the rally, and organizers want to assure Panama City Beach that this is only a one time thing. The rally will return to Panama City Beach.
Nichole Stacey with Visit Pensacola tells News 5 they are working closely with Thunder Beach to make the event a success and are looking forward to showing the bikers a good time.