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Harley-Davidson's 110th anniversary celebration off and running

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Harley-Davidson’s 110th birthday is being celebrated with gusto in Milwaukee.

At the Harley Museum Thursday, Bill Davidson led a countdown to the official time when the legendary motorcycle maker was born in 1903. A roll call was recited of nations that have observed Harley’s anniversary – and fireworks boomed when the clock hit zero.

At Milwaukee’s Summerfest grounds, Harley Owners’ Groups held a private event before the site was opened to the public late in the afternoon.

Dave Grohl from Nirvana made a surprise appearance, performing with the dirt rock band Chevy Metal. Lynard Skynard of “Sweet Home Alabama” fame performed, and Toby Keith was the featured star Thursday night.

Meanwhile, Harley dealers were getting strong sales as visitors showed up at a number of local shops. The dealerships are putting on their own entertainment – and parties and events will continue all weekend in downtown Milwaukee and the Summerfest grounds along Lake Michigan.

Over 100,000 people are expected for the Harley bash.