While most people will still be snug in their beds recovering from the Bloom and Boom Party, a select few will be up at the crack of dawn. While some will be donning their jeans and boots and revving up their bikes, others will pull on shorts and tank tops and drop their rag tops as they hit the road in support of the Cumberland County Autism Society and the American Cancer Society.
    {mosimage}The third annual Hogs and Rags rally to the beach will kick off Saturday’s Dogwood Festival activities. Participants will gather at 8 a.m. at The Airborne and Special Operations Museum for registration before they hit the road. Last year, the road rally raised more than $5,000.
    Riders will mount up, and drivers will take their seats shortly before the 8:30 a.m. pull-out time. The ride snakes its way through downtown Fayetteville and down through Bladen and Columbus counties before ending in Horry County. Don’t worry about traffic, law enforcement officials in the affected counties keep traffic moving. You won’t even have to stop for a stop light, but there are a few stops you’ll want to make.
    The first stop is at Rocking “A” Ranch in White Oak. Participants will be treated to a full country breakfast, served by local celebrities. Some of the notables you will get to rub elbows with are Cumberland County Sheriff Moose Butler, White Lake Mayor Goldston Womble, Spring Lake businessman Billy Wellons, Congressman Mike McIntyre and N.C. Sen. Tony Rand. That’s just a handful of the folks who will be on hand to make sure your stomachs are full and you are in good cheer before you get back on the road. Breakfast will be served at 10 a.m., and everyone will be back on the road at 11:30.
    If the idea of spending the rest of the time on your bike or in the car seems a bit much, especially if you consume a lot of coffee with your breakfast, don’t worry, the group will make a pit stop in Tabor City (the home of the Yam Festival), for a pit stop. That stop will give riders and drivers a chance to stretch their legs and socialize, but don’t get too comfortable, because the open highway still beckons.
    The ride will wind through some beautiful spring countryside as you get closer to the coast. An estimated arrival time of 1:30 p.m. will see participants arriving at Dynamites at Dock Holidays in North Myrtle Beach for a fabulous seafood buffet. While there you can soak up the sun and take in the beauty of the Intracoastal Waterway while participating in a silent auction. The event is scheduled to end at 3 p.m., when the hardcore will return to Fayetteville, while others make a weekend of it.
    Registration is $40 per entrant, with $20 for each additional rider. For more information, visit the Hogs and Rags Web site at hogsandrags.com or call Bill Libby at 977-5959.

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