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Thousands of motorcyclists hit the road for the fall ride


The sound of motorcycles have once again filled the air in the Northwoods. About 40,000 motorcycles are on the way to Tomahawk for the annual MDA Fall Ride.

"Been coming back every year now, rain, snow, shine, whatever, doesn't matter," said Harley rider and North Prairie, Wis. resident, Steven Schmidt.

The four day event raises money for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. It brings in people from all over country.

"It's just great to get out there. To see the fall colors, other things to see and do and the food. We meet great people up here, it's all part of that Harley mystique," explained Schmidt.

Just about 3,000 people live in Tomahawk. But this event will boost that number, fourteen times! That means big business.

"Typically in the Northwoods, Labor Day weekend is the end of the season, but here Fall Ride is the end of the season and we go out with a big bang," said the executive director of the Tomahawk chamber, Tamra Anderson.

At Tomahawk Family Restaurant, right off Main Street, employees say sales triple.

"It keeps us girls hopping," said waitress Laureen Nied.

That means they have to add more staff just to keep up.

"We usually have three girls during the day and three at night. But over this weekend we'll have five during the day and four at night," explained Nied.

Community leaders say everyone benefits from this event in some way.

"All the money stays in the community so those businesses that aren't directly affected do see it later on," said Anderson.

So while these bikers bring in traffic and noise, they also bring in fun, and big bucks to the Northwoods.

For a list of all the Fall Ride action click here:

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