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On a steel horse they ride into Galveston: Lone Star Rally brings hundreds to Galveston Island

By Alyssa Garcia, ‘16

The quiet island known for laid back beaches and great community festivals can expect a roaring of impassioned engines every fall. Bikers of every sort and style blaze the trail of motorcycles into Galveston for a festival unlike any other: Lone Star Rally.

Areas of the island close for three days for a collection of culture that praises a unique mode of transportation that is the motorcycle. Be ready for a loud whirlwind of a weekend of fun November 3-6 and embrace the 2016 biker rally.

Riders participating in the rally will travel from far and wide to fill the streets and show off vintage, customized, and beloved bikes.

Parades and vendors can be seen on Strand Street and on Seawall Boulevard near Pleasure Pier where handmade trinkets and leather apparel can be bought in spirit of being on the open road.

Many booths will be run by the artisans and sponsors themselves; however it is likely to see a few familiar faces too. Organizations and clubs of TAMUG dedicate time to work at the local event that benefits the community and school. One of the many clubs is TAMUG Two Step in which their mission as an organization and dance team is to promote the school community and local community coming together to learn new dances for fun and for good causes.

“[Lone Star Rally] benefits the club by raising funds for us to be able to put on events… and also to lessen the price of club dues. We go and perform at outside events…and represent TAMUG to the community,” said TAMUG Two-Step Vice President Ruby Wilkinson, ’18.

“As volunteers we will be helping with the merch tents that sell the official biker rally [items].”

The local community is mutually benefited, as service by an Aggie is sure to be done with a friendly smile, good attitude, and efficient service.

Going out to these annual local events helps everyone become comfortable with the dynamic community of the island and hopefully be exposed to a new perspective. Lone Star Rally puts Galveston on the map as one of the national pilgrimages rally goers can flock to. Not only will motorcycles be featured but a collection of classic cars, trucks, and jeeps will be shown as well.

Nationally famous customizers will provide services to those ready to upgrade their ride with a paint job or accessory that is ultimately a memory of the Galveston experience. Bands perform at Saengerfest Park on the strand and Beach Central Park on the Seawall, as well as many other local establishments along the routes.

If you’re lucky a surprise concert may come up like in 2012 with a free concert by Bret Michaels, former lead singer of Poison. There’s something to enjoy for everyone of any age at this unforgettable party. Just remember to enjoy yourself responsibly!