The annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally kicked off this weekend, and it looks like it has been just as much fun as the pre-COVID rallies.
Have you been following along with this weekend’s festivities at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally? Shoot, you may even be there right now reading this article. If so, you know that the annual rally is a time for anyone with a love or motorcycles to come and bond. Organizers of the event were expecting nearly three-quarters of a million people to show up over the course of the 10 days it runs.
For some of those rallygoers, making their way to Sturgis, South Dakota, is a once-in-a-lifetime goal. And for others, the event is something they mark on their calendars to attend each and every year. But for everyone there, the time spent with fellow motorcycle enthusiasts is always a time to cherish.
Riding, Concerts, and Shopping
Jody Perewitz is the ceremonial grand marshal at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this year. She has been ecstatic to see how many people have made their way to Sturgis so far this weekend. It really is a sight to see — motorcycles stretch for blocks on end. If you like to ride yourself, it is definitely worth making the trip to experience in person.
And if you are wondering what all there is to do besides meet up with your peers, you will be pleased to hear that is just the tip of the iceberg. The official Instagram account for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally recently made a post asking rallygoers what is on their agendas for the day. Take a look down below:
“What’s on your Rally Agenda today? Riding? Concert? Shopping? #SturgisRally”
Safe to say there will be a little bit — or a lotta bit — of all of that going on.
Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Taking Steps to Prevent Spread of COVID-19
Like many other large annual gatherings across the nation, the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally had to take precautions for COVID-19.
One of the biggest steps that organizers took this year to mitigate the virus was by changing local law. This year, the city will allow attendees to drink on public property. As a result, several bars and food stands are now offering open-air seating. The overall goal is to spread the crowds out into the open air. As for wearing masks, that will be up to the individuals themselves.
One rallygoer from Kansas told WHSV that wearing a mask is their own “personal business.”
“We’re out in the wide-open,” Pam Williamson said. She also attended last year’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. “If you want to wear a mask, that’s your business. If you don’t that’s your business.”