The Thunder Beach 2021 Spring Rally opens Wednesday and will continue through Sunday at locations all over Panama City Beach.

There's plenty to do off the road during Thunder Beach, such as enjoying the food and merchandise vendors at the various official sites.

Twice a year — unless canceled by natural disaster or global pandemic — Thunder Beach draws thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts from across the country. It’s lauded as the largest free motorcycle rally in the country because there is never a charge to attend events, concerts, stunt shows or villages. (See details at ThunderBeachProductions.com.

The official Thunder Beach venues with vendor villages will include lots of free motorcycle parking and some will offer car parking or free shuttles to and from nearby parking areas for cars. These venues include:

Frank Brown Park, 16200 Panama City Beach Parkway; village hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Thunder Beach Saloon will operate there from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday.

Harley-Davidson of PCB,14700 Panama City Beach Parkway, will have village hours 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, will offer live musical entertainment daily. The site will also hold a drawing for a new 2021 Harley 883 Iron, which will be given away May 1 during the rally.

Harley-Davidson of Panama City Beach offers Learn to Ride courses.

Hammerhead Fred’s, 8752 Thomas Drive; 850-233-3907; HammerheadFreds.com. Village hours are 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Buck Wild will perform nightly from 7 p.m. to midnight, starting with the Kickstart Party on Wednesday, April 28.

In addition, Hammerhead Fred’s will host Miss Panama City Beach contests nightly between 7 p.m. and midnight, and a Mrs. Panama City Beach contest (for women 35 and older) between 2 and 6 p.m. Saturday, May 1. 

Sharky’s Beach Club, 15201 Front Beach Road; 850-235-2420; SharkysBeach.com. The vendor village will open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. Live music will be performed daily Wednesday-Saturday by Clay Musgrave from 4-8 p.m. and by Roadhouse ATL from 8:30 p.m. to midnight.

Hammerhead Fred's will host the Miss PCB contests as well as a vendor village.

Poker Runs and Parades

Friday’s poker run, sponsored by the Combat Vet Motorcycle Association, will benefit local veterans organizations. Saturday’s run is sponsored by the Green Knights Motorcycle Club and benefits The Women’s Imaging Center. Details for both runs were still being finalized at press time. Check ThunderBeachProductions.com or the rally app for updates.

Saturday will also include the Sgt. Kevin Kight Memorial Parade, honoring a Panama City Beach police officer who was killed in the line of duty in 2005. The parade is open to all bikers.

Lineup will be at the corner of R. Jackson Boulevard and Middle Beach Road, across from Sonic and in front of Just Jump. Kickstands up is at 11 a.m. The route will travel north on Alf Coleman Drive, turning west onto Panama City Beach Parkway; at Pier Park, the route turns north on Pier Park Drive to the new Bay Parkway, then west to State 79. The parade will turn south, heading back to U.S. 98 (Panama City Beach Parkway), east to R. Jackson Boulevard, then south to where the parade began.

Participants and supporters are encouraged to donate cash or canned goods for local food banks.

Roadhouse ATL will play nightly at Sharky's Beach Club.

Concerts and Contests

Friday and Saturday at Frank Brown Park, Tim Watson performs from 10:30 a.m. to noon; Big Engine takes the stage from 1-4 p.m.; and from 7-9 p.m., Highway to Hell will perform an AC/DC tribute.

The music continues at Sharky’s Beachfront Restaurant with Clay Musgrave 4-8 p.m., and Roadhouse ATL from 8:30 p.m. to midnight, both Friday and Saturday. Both days, Sandpiper Beacon will have Mustang Sally from 7-10 p.m.; and Buck Wild will play at Hammerhead Fred’s from 7 p.m. to midnight.

Catch a Kid Rock tribute show at Boardwalk Beach Resort from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday. 

The Journey tribute band “Never Stop Believin,’” will play live at Frank Brown Park at 7 p.m. Saturday, while the Van Halen and Sammy Hagar tribute band will play at Boardwalk Beach Resort from 8:30-11 p.m. Saturday.

On Friday, Hammerhead Fred’s will host its inaugural Miss Panama City Beach Contest from 7-9 p.m., with another round at the same time on Saturday. The venue will also host its first-ever Ms. Panama City Beach contest from 2-5 p.m. Saturday for women age 35 and older.

Urban Rides Magazine will have its Cycle Showdown, presented by Carpet Baggers of Fort Lauderdale on Friday, April 30, in Frank Brown Park. Registration is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., judging at 3 p.m. and awards at 4 p.m.

The Spring 2021 Official Thunder Beach Sound-Off Competition, hosted by Area 51 Customs, will be at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. (Pre-register at the Area 51 Customs booth at Frank Brown Park daily through 5 p.m. Saturday.) 

The Crossroads will host the Official Thunder Beach Tattoo Contest for Purple Pirate Tattoo. The categories for competition are Smallest Tattoo, Best Black and Gray, Best Color, MC Related, Back Piece, and Worst Tattoo. While the prize given in each category will include Thunder Beach merch and “Bar Bucks,” the winner of the Worst Tattoo will be offered a free cover-up tattoo.

A motorcycle giveaway will take place Saturday at Frank Brown Park, courtesy of Harley-Davidson of Panama City Beach. Harley-Davidson of PCB and Indian Motorcycles of PCB will be doing demonstrations and test rides at the park each day of the rally. Indian will also do a Scout giveaway during the rally.

Location: Florida

Source: newsherald

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