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Bikers arrive in Tomahawk for MDA Fall Ride

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TOMAHAWK (WAOW) -

The roar is back in Tomahawk, as the city welcomed bikers for it's annual MDA Fall Ride.

"The event has been going on for 31 years, it was originally started by the Harley Davidson Motorcycle Corporation for MDA," said Krystal Westfahl.

Motorcycles lined up at the center of the event, Sara Park.

Organizers said they expect about 40,000 bikers.

"To see all these bikes, and hear all of this thunder from the Harleys, it's cool," said Ben Anderson.

But bikers said this trip is about more than motorcycles, it's also about helping a worthy cause.

"It's good for the MDA, we're supporting all of that, and it's just good, the comradery, come out and meet people," said Dave Lane.

Organizers from the Muscular Dystrophy Association say they're excited about the weekend forecast and have high hopes the good weather will help them raise money for their cause.

"We're trying to raise in the neighborhood of $100,000 dollars," said Westfahl.

Organizers said they've raised millions of dollars since they started this event three decades ago.

"This is the largest event for Northcentral Wisconsin, it helps the clients and all of the families that live up here," said Westfahl.

The money also gives a boost to local businesses, like Bambino's Pizza.

"We get a lot of people coming in from all over the state," said Lana Brunker.

The restaurant sits in the middle of downtown Tomahawk, with streets full of bikers.

Business owners said it's a chance to increase sales.

"We're expecting double, double that from last year," said Brunker.

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