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Harley ‘rally weekend’ goes on despite coronavirus

THIS WEEKEND, HARLEY DAVIDSON OWNERS ARE CELEBRATING THE MILWAUKEE COMPANY’S 117TH YEAR NEWSCHOPPER 12 IS LIVE ABOVE HOUSE OF HARLEY AT 60TH AND LAYTON IN GREENFIELD. RALLY WEEKEND IS STILL GOING ON, DESPITE THE PANDEMIC. PATRICK: 12 NEWS’ HILLARY MINTZ IS LIVE AT WISCONSIN HARLEY-DAVIDSON IN OCONOMOWOC. HILLARY, THEY SAY THEY’VE MADE PSOME CHANGES? HILLAR YES, AS FAR AS THE I CAN SEE, THIS IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST EVENTS HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND THERE WITH THE DEALER SAID THEY HAVE ENOUGH SPACE TO KEEP EVERYONE SPREAD OUT. 117 YEARS OF HARLEY DAVIDSON, CELEBRATED WITH A LITTLE RUMBLE AND SOME ROCK ’N ROLL DURING RALLY WEEKEND. HARLEY PARTIES ARE HAPPENING AT SIX AREA DEALERS. HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE YOU EXPECTING?>> I’VE HEARD ROUGHLY 15,000. HILLARY: THERE’S NO LIMITATIONS ON CAPACITY?>> NO. WE HAVE THE LUXURY OF SPACE 280,000 SQUARE FEET, SO WE’RE ABLE TO SOCIALLY DISTANCE, SPREAD EVERYTHING OUT. HILLARY: MASKS ARE RECOMMENDED HERE, BUT NOT REQUIRED DURING THE THREE-DAY EVENT. HILLARY: ARE YOU WORRIED AT ALL ABOUT SAFETY AT AN EVENT LIKE THIS?>> I’M WORRIED ABOUT SAFETY FOR EVERYBODY ALL THE TIME. HILLARY: WHICH IS WHY PAULA HARE IS SELLING MOTO STYLE MASKS IN HER VENDOR TENT.>> I DON’T THINK MASKS HAVE TO MAKE YOU LOOK NECESSARILY LIKE A PATIENT, I THINK YOU CAN HAVE A REALLY COOL ROCKSTAR MASK THAT ALSO DOES THE JOB.>> WE BROUGHT OUR MASK ALONG. HILLARY: KAREN AND RICK WILM, OF MUKWONAGO, COME TO THIS EVENT EVERY YEAR. THEY HOPE EVERYONE USES GOOD JUDGEMENT.>> PEOPLE SHOULD JUST RESPECT WHAT IS GOING ON. IF YOU ARE SICK, STAY HOME AND JUST KEEP YOUR DISTANCE. HILLARY: WHILE SOME HARLEY PARTIES ARE GOING BIG, OTHER DEALERS, LIKE SUBURBAN MOTORS IN THEINSVILLE, SCALED BACK DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS CASES IN THEIR COMMUNITY.>> FOR US, HAVING TO SCALE IT BACK, IT’S A LITTLE SAD. IT’S NOT THE SAME AS IT NORMALLY IS, BUT WE’RE STILL EXCITED TO HAVE A GOOD TIME. PATRICK: HILLARY, DO THEY HAVE ANY OTHER SAFETY MEASURES IN PLACE? HILLARY: THEY HAVE SEVERAL HAND SANITIZER STATIONS OUT ON THE GROUNDS HERE. AND THE ORGANIZERS TELL ME THAT IF CROWDS GET TOO BIG FOR THE BANDS TONIGHT, PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT SAFETY, GETTING TOO CLOSE, THEY SAID THEY WILL STOP LETTING PEOPLE IN

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Harley ‘rally weekend’ goes on despite coronavirus

It’s Harley-Davidson’s 117th anniversary celebration weekend

This weekend, Harley-Davidson owners are celebrating the Milwaukee company’s 117th year, despite the coronavirus pandemic. One of the largest Harley events happening this weekend is at Wisconsin Harley-Davidson in Oconomowoc, and WISN 12 News was told as many as 15,000 people could take part, but this dealer said they have the space to keep everyone spread out.Harley parties are happening at six area dealers.”How many people are you expecting?” WISN 12 News asked the dealer.”I’ve heard roughly 15,000,” said David Mathey, of Wisconsin Harley-Davidson in Oconomowoc. “There’s no limitations on capacity?” Mintz asked.”No, we have the luxury of space 280,000 square feet, so we’re able to socially distance, spread everything out,” Mathey said Masks are recommended here but are not required during the three-day event.Paula Hare is selling moto-style masks in her vendor tent.”I’m worried about safety for everybody all the time,” Hare said. “I don’t think masks have to make you look necessarily like a patient, I think you can have a really cool rock star mask that also does the job.”Karen and Rick Wilm, of Mukwonago, come to this event every year. They brought masks and hope everyone uses good judgement. “I think if people just respect what’s going on. If they’re sick, stay home, and keep your distance,” Karen Wilm said. While some Harley parties are going big, other dealers, like suburban motors in Thiensville, scaled back due to the coronavirus cases in their community.”For us, having to scale it back, it’s a little sad. It’s not the same as it normally is, but we’re still excited to have a good time,” said Ashley Kioski of Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson. Mintz said there were several hand sanitizer stations out on the grounds in Oconomowoc, and if crowds get too big for the bands Friday night, the dealer said it will stop letting people in.

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OCONOMOWOC, Wis. —

This weekend, Harley-Davidson owners are celebrating the Milwaukee company’s 117th year, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

One of the largest Harley events happening this weekend is at Wisconsin Harley-Davidson in Oconomowoc, and WISN 12 News was told as many as 15,000 people could take part, but this dealer said they have the space to keep everyone spread out.

Harley parties are happening at six area dealers.

“How many people are you expecting?” WISN 12 News asked the dealer.

“I’ve heard roughly 15,000,” said David Mathey, of Wisconsin Harley-Davidson in Oconomowoc.

“There’s no limitations on capacity?” Mintz asked.

“No, we have the luxury of space 280,000 square feet, so we’re able to socially distance, spread everything out,” Mathey said

Masks are recommended here but are not required during the three-day event.

Paula Hare is selling moto-style masks in her vendor tent.

“I’m worried about safety for everybody all the time,” Hare said. “I don’t think masks have to make you look necessarily like a patient, I think you can have a really cool rock star mask that also does the job.”

Karen and Rick Wilm, of Mukwonago, come to this event every year. They brought masks and hope everyone uses good judgement.

“I think if people just respect what’s going on. If they’re sick, stay home, and keep your distance,” Karen Wilm said.

While some Harley parties are going big, other dealers, like suburban motors in Thiensville, scaled back due to the coronavirus cases in their community.

“For us, having to scale it back, it’s a little sad. It’s not the same as it normally is, but we’re still excited to have a good time,” said Ashley Kioski of Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson.

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Mintz said there were several hand sanitizer stations out on the grounds in Oconomowoc, and if crowds get too big for the bands Friday night, the dealer said it will stop letting people in.

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