GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - It was motorcycle mania at the 33rd annual Memorial Day Blowout in Gulfport, and this year's event didn't disappoint.
It was all things motorcycle, even the casual racing with a barrel or while throwing rings.
The bike show featured refurbished antiques, as well as the epic models, that required tender loving care. But there is more to the event than just loud noise, burning rubber and shining chrome. There are plenty of campsites, but base camp is called Mulletville, established in 1989 by its mayor: Mullet.
It's where bikes and beer do mix.
"Started camping out here in '89," said Mullet of Bay St. Louis. "Just coming out here, having fun, partying 'til you couldn't go home. Just starting staying here, having fun, having dancing ladies around us. … It's all of it. The motorcycles, the other things that go around with it. You know if I had to explain it to you, you may not understand, you need to come and join the weekend."
Asgard Motorcycle Club, the organizer of the event, estimates 5,000 to 10,000 bikers are here for the blowout. The fatal shootings involving bikers in Waco is an isolated incident, said organizer Smokey Stepputat.
"We have 20 to 30 motorcycle clubs here every year for 33 years and nothing has ever happened here," he said. "We normally police ourselves much better than people realize."
Mulletville's unofficial secretary is Jean Goings of Pensacola. She's been camping here for 19 years and has enjoyed it every year.
"Everybody is so friendly," she said. "You feel like you've known everybody for years. And you just met them."
Proceeds of the weekend till go to the Gulf Coast Multiple Sclerosis Society, Boys & Girls Clubs and other Coast charities.