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2015 Recap

The weather was fantastic, the shows were great and there was no shortage of things to do.
Sons of Anarchy "Tig" and "Juice"
The actors' visits were made possible by the support of sponsors East Coast Lifestyle and Twisted Tea, and the help of dozens of volunteers.

Autograph sessions were held on Friday and Saturday with a dinner offered on Saturday evening.

Between question and answer sessions at the dinner, entertainment was provided by Bob Lambert. Meadowbrook Meat Market cooked up a delicious pig roast that was enjoyed by all.
Sons of Anarchy actors Kim Coates and Theo Rossi entertained the crowd in the Twisted Tea Tent on Saturday night.

More photos can be found on the Wharf Rat Rally website. Thank you to our professional, yet volunteer, photographers Ed Boulter and Shari Tucker.
Rides and Runs
Wednesday's ride to the long-term care facilities in Bridgetown and Middleton saw 14 people join Bean're. On Thursday, 19 people on 14 motorcycles took part in the Corks and Forks Tour to Bear River. Thank you to volunteers Gary and Sherri for organizing and hosting that!
JD Boyd led a group that seemed to grow and grow to Brier Island on Sunday afternoon and captured some great photos along the way.

Returning Favourites
The Clare Poker Run, held from Thursday to Sunday, saw a good group of participants enjoy the Acadian Shore route, and the Wharf Rat Run returned down to Yarmouth again. Saturday morning's 3rd CAV Ride to the Afghanistan Memorial in Hebron had outstanding numbers for a sunny ride.
Thank you, Municipality of Clare, Yarmouth and Acdian Shores Tourism Association and 2nd CAV for sponsoring and hosting these rides.
Biker Games and Obstacle Course
The Wharf Rat Rally was lucky enough this year to have the Annapolis Valley Precision Drill Team agree to organize and host Biker Games on Saturday and the Amazing Challenge Obstacle Course on Sunday.

Look for them back again next year...
Shows and Contests
Okay, we've heard you. What you really want to know are the NUMBERS!
We'll catch you up to date on the shows and contests in our next newsletter.
Some background ... In 2011, Events Nova Scotia provided a report on the Economic Impact of the Wharf Rat Rally. The study concluded that there were 7,227 unique motorcycles making approximately 22,500 visits over the 5 day event.
We have used, and continue to use the DOT traffic counters from that year and the figure of
7,227 motorcycles and have compounded year over year the differences in the road counter numbers, figuring that the percentage of bikes to cars and trucks has remained relatively stable.
In 2012, we had an increase of 7%.  In 2013, we had an increase of 16%.  2014 less than 1% and in 2015 there was a 3% increase, which means we had approximately 9250 unique bikes at the rally. This equates to an incredible 29050 motorcycle visits over the 5 day event.  Take this fantastic number and add the non-motorcycle visitors, and we had a year that made all vendors very happy.
Despite the media rampage about “gas shortages” this was still the best attended Rally ever. As usual we had visitors from all across Canada, US and from many other countries around the world.
Bottom line: even with a modest increase of 3%, which is ideal from a planning perspective, our motorcycle numbers hit 29000 visits over the duration of the 2015 Rally. Anyone trying to find a parking space on Saturday afternoon can tell you it was busy! And, in accordance with that original study, our total visitor numbers were just shy of 12,000 people at any given time.
Thank you for your continued support.
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