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By Trevor Anderson
Published: Saturday, October 9, 2010
A banner of stars hung above the main stage at Barnet Park on Friday night as Spartanburg's the Marshall Tucker Band belted out “Blue Ridge Mountain Sky.”
And for the nearly 3,000 people in attendance — as well as the band — it was proof that “home's always the best place to go.”
The group, founded in Spartanburg nearly four decades ago, served up the main course of music and fun during a headline concert for this weekend's 2010 South Carolina Harley Owners Group (HOG) Rally.
“This is wonderful,” said Linda Poag, ticket sales coordinator for the concert. “Everyone is having a great time. The weather is perfect and the community has come out because they want to see their hometown boys.”
Poag said ticket sales for the event started to pick up at 3 p.m., right about the time the more than 1,000 bikers in town for the rally started to wind down a day full of activities, including demo rides, racing simulators, games and contests.
Just before the concert, hundreds of people meandered up and down newly paved streets connecting the rally's host hotel the Marriott at Renaissance Park to Barnet Park. The streets were lined with vendors selling everything from biker garb and gear to hot and tasty food.
HOG coordinators for the state rally hope to make Spartanburg the host city for one of the organization's upcoming national rallies, an event that could bring in between 15,000 and 20,000 members.