15th Annual Lone Star Rally

15th Annual Lone Star Rally

Instead of the crashing of the waves in Galveston, it was the rumbling of a sea of bikes.

For the past 15 years, bikers from all over the country have converged on the island to celebrate at the Lone Star Rally. And in 2016, from the seawall to the historic strand, a reported 576,000 bike enthusiasts (and 300,000 bikes) were hanging out and enjoying the largest four-day rally in North America.

The event kicked off Thursday, Nov. 3, with Uncle Kracker headlining an opening day jam-packed with entertainment for the entire family, and even a few four-legged friends.

Daily bike shows featured the hottest new rides on two, three and four wheels, with legendary bike builders and thousands of riders from across the nation showcasing their best and most unique custom paint and design work (and from a spectators view, I must say the talent is mind-blowing).

In addition to classic car shows, celebrity appearances, an annual charity ride and concerts, numerous attractions and exhibits lined the streets. Rally-goers shopped at hundreds of vendors, as well as local businesses, offering everything from custom jewelry and clothing to the latest innovative after-market products and parts from the motorcycle industry’s top manufacturers.

The Lone Star Rally organizers not only provide a spectacular event for attendees, but they’re also great partners to the City of Galveston. Organizers utilize as many city employees as possible (public works, fire, police), offering workers the opportunity to earn extra income. With hotels and restaurants full, the city receives an economic boost from this off-season revenue. After the rally, organizers bring in a cleaning crew, leaving streets cleaner than before the rally began. It’s also worth noting that only 12 arrests – all minor infractions – were made during the four-day event.

 

--Michelle Armstrong, Special to The Examiner

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