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30K bikers expected in Tunica for annual rally

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TUNICA, Miss. (FOX13) -

Over the next five days upwards of 30,000 motorcyclists from all over the country will descend upon Tunica, Miss., for the 36th Annual National Bikers Roundup.

The biggest annual camping motorcycle rally in the country is only second to the largest rally in the nation in Sturgis, S.D.

The National Bikers Roundup was started by a biker nicknamed "Breezy."

"Well I used to ride to Oklahoma and St. Louis and Kansas City," "Breezy" said. "I ran into a lot of black bikers and I thought maybe we need to get together once a year. Are they ready for this? Are they really ready for this? This is a lot of fun, loving people."

The National Bikers Roundup is a celebration of African-American and minority bikers. Of the 30,000 bikers set to attend the rally, some 10,000 bikers  will be camping out on the grounds of the Tunica Arena and Expo Center.

"I come out for the camaraderie," said "X-Man," who traveled from Las Vegas for the rally. "I come out for the fellowship. I come out for the opportunity to see motorcycles and to have a good time."
The bikers will have a huge economic impact on Tunica while in town. It is estimated they will bring at least $3 million in business to the area.
"A lot of money in the community, because of all the hotels, gas stations, food stores, we try to warn them that we will buy them out," "Breeze" said.

"Between buying food and buying t-shirts and buying products, I got to get a new tire," "X-Man" said. "HD on Harley Davidson stands for Hundred Dollars."
While the bikers are in Tunica, they are also holding a fundraiser and food drive that is expected to haul in $20,000 in donations and 25,000 pounds of canned food for local charities.

"I've got to go to the local grocery store and get some canned food, so I can bring it in and donate it to the local community for the needy," "X-Man" said.
"All the food we collect and money we collect stays in the city," "Breeze" said.

Tunica was chosen for the site of this year's rally for a number of reasons. There are certain qualifications a city has to have to host a national biker's roundup

"One hundred useable acres, hotels within 15 miles of riding of the hosting place is at, and make sure that we can get the permits and stuff to have it there," "Breezy" said.
"I love it. I ride a Harley Davidson," "X-Man" said. "I don't drive cars and I don't fly in planes. I am a biker."

This is the first year that the Roundup has been held in Tunica, and only the second time it has been held in Mississippi.

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