Okaloosa County three-time winner as 2013 H.O.G. Rally site

Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 05:02 PM.

Commission Chairman Don Amunds agreed.

“It obviously brings business into the area,” said Amunds, who added that the sponsorship was a reasonable amount to spend.

H.O.G. Rally organizers estimate the event will draw 2,500 visitors and generate 4,625 room nights at local hotels.

If the organization meets that projection, the sponsorship will increase to $30,000.

O’Byrne said the H.O.G. Rally will come during the crucial shoulder season when the area needs large events.

“I’m very excited about it,” he said. “I want to do more. … I think as we begin to look at off-season business, we’re going to have to work very tactically.”

O’Byrne said he and his staff soon will begin meeting with local hoteliers to discuss the rally.

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