This marks the 80th year for the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. This year’s event will be especially different in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, but that isn’t stopping riders eager to ride together once again.
Furthermore, this year’s milestone event will take place from August 7-16 in Sturgis, South Dakota. In short, the ten-day event is known as the largest motorcycle rally in the world.
On August 10, the 18th annual Ride With The Mayor will take place. Riders will travel through the Black Hills led by Sturgis Mayor Carstensen. In addition, the proceeds from this ride will go directly towards the town’s emergency services. You’ll get to drive past Mount Rushmore and have lunch with the mayor himself.
Besides the ride, guests will also enjoy music from August 7-15. Legendary alternative and rock artists on the lineup include Killswitch Engage, ZZ Top, Skillet, among countless others.
Additionally, some fans are staying home due to the surge of coronavirus cases in the United States. Additionally, users on social media asked for the event to be postponed due to the rising number of infected. However, that isn’t stopping fans from making the trip to South Dakota to take part in the legendary event.
“There’s not going to be a lot of the public activities that there usually are so including the opening ceremonies,” Dan Ainslie, Sturgis City Manager told News Center 1. “The B1 flyover, different contests and activities and parades and things that we usually do during the Rally we would not be doing that because that really does encourage and if you see any of the photographs there tends to be thousands of people lined on the Main Street. We’re trying to avoid that.”
Finally, the Sturgis Rally will increase its safety measures like hand sanitizing stations and disinfecting the sidewalks nightly. Furthermore, guests will not be able to watch on the plaza like spectators were able to in the past.
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