The annual Fall Ride is underway in Tomahawk, an effort to raise money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association led by one of it's top contributors, Harley Davidson Motorcycles, with a plant in Tomahawk.
40,000 visitors are expected and the sound of motorcycles across the Northwoods will be heard most of the weekend.
Director Tamra Anderson from the Tomahawk Chamber of Commerce says while all the visitors bring a surge to the local businesses, there is a reason for the ride...
"...it's a great event. It's an event to raise money for (Muscular Dystrophy Association), we don't want to lose focus on that. MDA raises a significant amount of money which stays here with our families in the Northwoods struggling with MDA...."
With Harley Davidson just celebrating their 110th anniversary, Anderson wasn't sure how that would affect the turn out just weeks later in Tomahawk...
"...weather is always a factor...but it looks like we should have fairly decent weather. Also, with the 110th anniversary in Milwaukee, we'll wait and see how that affects our rally this year..."
She says Tomahawk businesses prepare all year for this weekend.
Anderson says there are a multitude of attractions during the rally including live music in the area. She says the main attraction is the Friday night "Thunder Parade" that starts at the Tomahawk high school at 6 p.m. and ends downtown.