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Old 01-07-2012, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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For those of you who enjoy the sound of a Harley (potato, potato, potato), custom bikes and lots of food and fun, this weekend is the Thunder by the Bay in downtown Sarasota.

Motorcycles from all over the state will be gathering for a street festival in downtown Sarasota today and tomorrow, with funds raised going to the Suncoast Charities for children.

There will be over 100 vendors, food, live music and lots of motorcycles on display both days with a bike show on Sunday.

It's perfect weather to get out and enjoy a street festival and raise money for local children's charities. I call it a win-win.
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Old 01-07-2012, 12:24 PM
 
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can't wait to get a place near there and go to the rallies in the winter! we're very limited here in the northeast (for us fair-weather riders)!
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Old 01-07-2012, 09:52 PM
 
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I happened to be there today (for a show)-there were tons of harleys and bikers galore. Very well organized- people having a great time.There's still more of the festival on Sunday.Just watch where you park, we got a ticket
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Old 01-08-2012, 12:01 AM
 
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I passed it also on my way to the Orchid Show. Spent the day with the most beautiful flowers. It was great!
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Old 01-08-2012, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Sarasota/ Bradenton - University Pkwy area
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We spent a couple of hours downtown yesterday taking in the festival. There were streets packed full of motorcycles and by the license tags, people came here from as far away as Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota and even South Dakota. Everyone was having a great time. Things seemed very well organized. Lots of food vendors, lots of bike related vendors and the band playing was really good.

Here's a few of the photos I took yesterday. The last one is my favorite. The little guy all decked out is named Harley.

This is one of the things I like about Sarasota. They go all out for events like this.
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Old 01-09-2012, 11:05 AM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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We're from Myrtle Beach and our spring rally has been as high as 600,000 so to us this was a nice rally. Barely even heard them.
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