While Stephanie Davis and Palmer Boston of Hartsville were seen along Ocean Boulevard dancing and laughing with friends, the duo was also attending Atlantic Beach Bikefest to promote their organization T.R.A.P., which stands for “take real assets personal” and promotes fun without violence among young people.
Some folks attributed the evidently thinner crowds at Atlantic Beach Bikefest’s first day to new programming in Atlantic Beach. The town just north of Myrtle Beach is hosting concerts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this year for the first time.
The numbers can be daunting: crowds swelling to more than 100,000 with thousands of them on bikes riding on streets and in cities policed by nearly 600 officers from across the state and country. The Atlantic Beach Bikefest is coming.
The generation gap and spirit of those attending Atlantic Beach Bikefest is as divided as the miles that separate the event — from the historic neighborhood where it was founded in 1979 near North Myrtle Beach, to modern-day downtown Myrtle Beach.