GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - The rumbling of exhausts overpowered the sounds of classic rock at Asgard Motorcycle Club's 31st annual Mississippi Gulf Coast Memorial Day Blowout on Saturday.
But the crowds didn't mind, they were centered on a 100 acre site set up with dozens of vendors offering the latest in biker apparel, food and as far as the eye could see there were bikes. New, old and custom bikes. Organizers say more people made it to this year's event.
"More people are here this year thanks to the weather and the economy. They come from all over the country," Asgard Smokey said.
"More clubs come here. A lot of clubs. Bike Clubs. A lot of bike clubs. Where as Panama City is more of the just individuals coming in on the bikes," vendor Brandon Warr said.
Beyond the leather vests and thrilling bike races the event also serves another purpose.
"A lot of the proceeds goes to our charity. Which is a local charity for multiple sclerosis. Our society covers from state line to state line up to about Wiggins. And what we mainly focus on is direct patient care," said President of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Multiple Sclerosis Society Tommy Joe Breaux.
Providing a place for biker camaraderie while balancing acts of charity are reasons the blowout continues to draw so many to the Gulf Coast.
Details on the blowout:http://www.gulfportmemorialdayblowout.com/main.htm