It's hard to believe it's time for another rally. Time flys when you're havin fun. I get asked the same questions over and over again so I thought I'd try to answer them here and see if we can't spread the word. Why did they move the rally from the fourth of July weekend? There are a couple of reasons. First of all the extra law enforcement is a heck of a lot easier to obtain when our gig is not the same weekend as every other city's in the state. Most cities large or small are having their own fourth of July celebration and do not want to send their man power over here. There are way too many cops anyway, you say. Yes I know but that is not about to change. The folks in Sturgis were all saying the same thing when I was there a couple of years ago. I didn't think there were as many police in Sturgis as we have in Hollister and yet everyone was complaining about the police presence. Don't get me wrong. I too think we have more police than are necessary. Complaining about it isn't going to change a darn thing. Last year with the change of venue it was really a lot more enjoyable experience. I thought our men in blue were quite pleasant for the the most part. They were shaking hands and having conversations with everyone. It was real nice. That brings me to another waa waa. Why did they take the bikes off of San Benito Street? There are many businesses downtown that are not biker bars. They did not enjoy the exhaust in their buildings. They found the people leaning up against their windows, putting footprints on their walls and squashing all of their plant life to be a unpleasant experience. The venders on San Benito Street made the rally more local business friendly. When business is happy everybody is happy. The food vendors are being moved to the grass area at the corner of fourth and San Benito Streets. Rumor has it there will be benchs to sit on and even a little shade. Motorcycle VIP parking will be on Fifth Street where the food vendors were. This rally promises to get better every year with Seth Dalton working with our city and our chamber of commerce. Who knows maybe next year they will take my advice and make East Street biker parking only. I know how much you all miss seeing the motorcycles in one spot and strutting your stuff on your Harleys.
By moving off of the fourth we also have an opportunity to get bigger and better sponsors. This year Jack Daniels is on board. Bigger sponsors means more money. More money means bigger and better entertainment. So come on down and have a great time. Those of you who don't want to skip the fourth of July tradition should come anyway. We plan on having two great party weekends back to back at Johnny's. Our Boozefighters will be in town for the fourth of July weekend. We love our Boozefighters. We have a new tribute to Wino Willie that you should check out. We will be open at 7:00 a.m. Friday through Sunday both weekends. Come on down and park your bikes right in front of the bar on the 4th!