This year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has faced a lot of hardships when it came to preparation, transport, and other issues. Nevertheless, organizers of the event pulled things together for the 81st year of the rally. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally’s Instagram page recently shared an epic photo of hundreds, probably thousands, of bikers crowded together.
The foreground of the photo shows a group of people surrounding two bikes. It rapidly extends down the street. Check it out below.
The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is Nowhere Near Over
The South Dakota annual event began Friday the 6th, however, the rally is nowhere near over, as the event’s Instagram page said. The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally doesn’t end until Sunday, August 15th, and in between, there have been all kinds of memorable events.
If you decide to take a look at the event’s website, the rally features races, live performances, and even a beard and mustache contest. Of the three, I would definitely be down to attend that kind of competition. Though I’m also a sucker for live performances. And a good race.
Overall, the whole thing is well-rounded and fit for people with all kinds of interests. Additionally, local law enforcement at the event worried about criminal activity and disruptions from the infamous biker troop, Hell’s Angels. However, the media hasn’t shared anything ground-breaking with the start of the event and it continues to progress this way. The Rapid City Journal cited multiple parking violations and DUIs, however, nothing to draw national attention. Sturgis Police Chief Geody VanDewater said, “It seems like overall, everyone is in a good mood.”
Nevertheless, law enforcement in Rapid City is as busy as they’ve been in years. In total, the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was expected to see around 700,000 attendants. However, tallies this year seem to be heading right for that number with no expectation of slowing down.
Meade County Sheriff Ron Merwin said, “There are more people here than in the 31 years I’ve been doing this.”
While some aren’t sure of the reason for such enthusiasm surrounding the event, more than a year of COVID-19 shutdowns were sure to show up in some way. People are looking to return to a sense of normalcy and rallies, fairs, and concerts which most frequently take place outside are the safest and most popular way to do so. Although officers are seeing a lot of craziness this year, we continue to hold out that nothing chaotic happens and that all rally attendants are able to go home safe and content.