Each year the last weekend of July is automatically the time for my vacation. Since I met my wife every year we have gone to the Sun and Surf Motorcycle rally in Ocean Shores, WA. Its a pretty standard rally lots of vendors some bike games, a custom bike show and a few exhibition teams.
The crowd is pretty much exactly what you would expect, tons of people dressed in leather, lots of loud bikes and plenty of patches on their leather vests explaining exactly how they feel about everything from the fact that loud pipes save lives to remembering those we have lost. This a crowd that screams “I’m my own person back off and let me do what I want”. Its not uncommon to see openly carried firearms on hips and a large numbers of people with patches on their jackets or stickers on their bikes voicing opposition to gun control.
That being said one of the vendors that has been their for a large number of years is the Gray’s Harbor Democrats, they sell onion burgers from a food truck. Oh sure their truck is covered in signs for candidates I don’t endorse but they serve a damn good onion burger at a fair price (at least competitive to that event) and they don’t preach while they serve food. The rally has been loosing vendors in the past few years and these guys have come back every year, paid their fees and supported the rally. So while I know that some of the money I pay for that delicious onion burger will go back to campaigns I’m not a fan of I have to think that they are aware of the crowd and at least partially receptive to the message.