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Memorial Day Blowout brings thousands of motorcycles to Coast

SUN HERALD/FILEAthena Bourne of Long Beach, ASGARD's 'Miss Blowout 2012,' was a Christmas elf for the group's 28th annual Toy Run motorcycle ride. The Mississippi Gulf Coast Memorial Day Blowout raises funds for local charities.
SUN HERALD/FILEAthena Bourne of Long Beach, ASGARD's 'Miss Blowout 2012,' was a Christmas elf for the group's 28th annual Toy Run motorcycle ride. The Mississippi Gulf Coast Memorial Day Blowout raises funds for local charities.

One thing is for certain: On Memorial Day weekends on the Coast, there will be lots of motorcycles on the roads.

This year marks the 34th anniversary of the annual event that draws them to the Coast: the Mississippi Gulf Coast Memorial Day Blowout at the Gulfport Dragway, 17085 Racetrack Road.

Organizers say they expect as many as 10,000 motorcyclists throughout the weekend for the event.

"They come from all over the United States, sometimes from Canada," said Alfred "Smokey" Stepputat, director of public relations and club historian of the ASGARD Motorcycle Club that hosts the event each year. "Some come with motor homes, some ride bikes, some trailer their bikes."

You don't have to have a motorcycle to attend the event, either, it is open to everyone, but keep in mind it is an adult event and it is recommended to leave the kids at home.

The fun includes not only motorcycle races, motorcycle shows and rat rod shows but also a Daisy Dukes contest, a bikini contest, a wet T-shirt contest and more.

While the event has always had live music entertainment, Stepputat said they are stepping up the musical game this year by featuring nationally known hard rock bands Trapt and Angel Siren in concert Saturday night.

Gates open at noon Friday at the Gulfport Dragway, and the event lasts through 9 a.m. Monday, when it closes with farewells and goodbyes.

Admission is $40 per person for the entire weekend, plus $10 per car/truck, $20 for Sunday only and $20 per camper/RV/Golf Cart. There is on-site camping, and there will be food and beer vendors. No ATVs are allowed and arm bands must be worn at all times. Also, no dogs are allowed.

Proceeds benefit local charities.

Call 392-8281 for event details.

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