Local Businesses Prepping for Thunder Beach

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Motorcycle enthusiasts will be able to meet other bikers in Panama City Beach this weekend.

They can pick-up just about anything that has to do with the big bikes, during this weekend's Thunder Beach event.

Thousands of bikers from across the country are in Panama City Beach this week for the fall 2013 edition of Thunder Beach.

The Sandpipper Beach Resort has become one of the more popular places for the bikers to meet.

Management throws huge beach parties during the day and concerts at night.

Some bikers have stayed here for the last 10 years.

Patrick Hazard, General of the Sandpipper Beach Resort, said, "It's always great to see the return customers, I mean there are people who that you see twice a year you know they come for the spring and they come for the fall and they know you by name. It's almost like another part of your family coming in every twice a year to say, "Hi.""
The local Harley-Davidson dealership, which opened this spring, has become an instant favorite with thunder beachers.

Marta Rose with Harley-Davidson, said, "It's just been go, go, go we knew it was going to be a long event we are right in the middle of it right now and it's about to get really exciting!"

PCB Entertainment, which staged last weekend's Gulf Coast Jam, is producing two more nights of live music at Aaron Bessant park, called Thunder Beach Jam.

For $59 you an see Grand Funk Railroad and Badfinger Friday night.

Cheap Trick with John Kay and Steppenwolf on Saturday.

PCB Entertainment Executive Producer, Rendy Lovelady, hopes these two weekends will set the tone for many more events in the future.

Lovelady said, "It's already great food, great beach, great sun, great places to stay, but we are going to try to bring it in so that we have big levels of entertainment."

You can buy thunder beach jam tickets online at thunder beachjam.com, or you can buy them at the gate Friday and Saturday nights.