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Businesses in Murrells Inlet say 2018 spring rally exceeds expectations

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The last ten days have been eventful for much of the Grand Strand, as thousands of bikers rolled into the area for the annual Myrtle Beach Spring Bike Rally.

Sunday was clean-up day down in Murrells Inlet, where business owners said the turnout exceeded their expectations despite the rain all weekend.

The staff at Suck Bang Blow said the entire year for them is centered around planning for bike rallies, they’re either in prep mode for the spring rally or fall rally.

For this year's spring rally, event planners said their biggest challenge was dealing with the flow of traffic and parking.

"We did not expect this rally to be as big as it was so it caught us a little bit with our pants down but we got it together and worked it out," said Bill Barber, the event coordinator for Suck Bang Blow.

The owners of the bar brought in extra staff and Barber said they’ve taken notes, and adjustments will be put in place, for the next rally.

Property next door to the bar has been purchased to allow expansion.

According to the Myrtle Beach Bike Week website, bikers have been coming to the Myrtle Beach area for a spring rally for nearly 80 years.

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