There’s word from Nova Scotia that two of the province’s motorcycle rallies are receiving major funding from a crown corporation.
According to the Chronicle-Herald newspaper, Enterprise Cape Breton Corporation is funding the BikeFest – Thunder in the Highlands festival as well as a Harley Owner’s Group rally in Cape Breton. Thunder in the Highlands will get $100,000, and the HOG rally will get $45,000.
That may sound like a lot of your tax dollars being given away, but HOG rally organizer Andy Tonet tells the Chronicle-Herald it’s a sound investment that should bring 1,200 to 1,400 motorcyclists and $2.5 million worth of business to the Cape Breton economy. It will run July 13-17.
The Thunder in the Highlands festival should attract 15,000 to 20,000 bikers and $3 million to $7 million in business, organizer Scott Boyd says in the article, with some area hotels already completely booked for the event, which runs July 29- August 1.