Plan­ning al­ready un­der­way for next Wharf Rat Rally

Next year’s event will be the 15th gath­er­ing

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The Wharf Rat Rally has wrapped up for an­other year and or­ga­niz­ers are al­ready plan­ning for the 15th an­nual rally in 2019.

The multi-day event in Digby fin­ished on Sun­day, Sept. 2 and most of the bik­ers rolled out of town that evening or on Mon­day, Sept. 3.

Laura Sim­mons, ex­ec­u­tive director of the Wharf Rat Rally, was im­pressed with the in­crease in par­tic­i­pa­tion in the show and shine event and the rat bike show.

“Ev­ery­thing went well for us and the weather was per­fect,” she said.

The rally had more than 5,000 Wharf Rat Rally pins for bik­ers who reg­is­tered, and they ran out through­out the week­end.

“We’ve never not had any pins left over,” she says.

When bik­ers reg­is­ter at the rally it gives them ac­cess to bring The an­nual wharf rat rally fin­ished on Sept. 2 for an­other year. their bikes down­town and park through­out Wa­ter Street all week­end.

Rally or­ga­niz­ers have been busy count­ing bal­lots from those who reg­is­tered, track­ing where visi­tors came from.

Num­bers were still be­ing cal­cu­lated last week but so far they’d ac­counted for visi­tors from all over Canada in­clud­ing as far away as Bri­tish Columbia and the North­west Ter­ri­to­ries. Ja­pan, South Korea, Ger­many, Por­tu­gal, Eng­land and Amsterdam were other ar­eas visi­tors came from.

Na­dine Lau­ren, the office man­ager for Wharf Rat Rally, thanks all the vol­un­teers who helped make the rally pos­si­ble. She also no­ticed a num­ber of new vol­un­teers this year.

“Ev­ery­one seemed to be hav­ing a great time. Vol­un­teer­ing for us isn’t hard work, if you like to talk to peo­ple and help them out, then you’ll en­joy it,” Lau­ren said.

There were fewer ven­dors at the rally this year. Or­ga­niz­ers made sure there was more room in the walk­way be­tween ven­dors and gave each booth more space.

“From what we’ve heard the ven­dors had good turnouts,” she said.

Digby RCMP said they didn’t re­spond to any col­li­sion calls through­out the event in Digby, but there were ar­rests re­lat­ing to pub­lic intoxication.

“With the weather as gor­geous as it was, we were busy on Satur­day es­pe­cially, but we felt there was a higher turnout that day than in pre­vi­ous years,” said Digby RCMP’s Cst. Colin Helm.

There was an ac­ci­dent in nearby Cle­mentsport, Annapolis County, on Sept. 2 where a car hit a mo­tor­cy­cle head on, which re­sulted in the mo­tor­cy­cle driver be­ing air­lifted to the hospi­tal with se­ri­ous in­juries. A 44-yearold woman from New Ger­many was thrown from her bike in the crash. The RCMP say her leg was am­pu­tated be­low the knee. A 23-year-old Granville Ferry man is be­ing charged with dan­ger­ous driv­ing caus­ing bod­ily harm. At the time of the in­ci­dent it was not im­me­di­ately known if the mo­tor­cy­clist had been par­tic­i­pat­ing in the rally.

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