Another day of the 2021 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally has come to an end, and the turnout of the event is nothing less than astounding. As the crowds continue to pour into the small South Dakota town, Sturgis becomes a collection of metal and leather. Of course, the Rally had to show photos of its thrill-seeking visitors, many of which were proud to show off their decked-out bikes.
Earlier today, August 9th, the Rally posted a collection of shots from downtown Sturgis on Instagram. In one of the photos, a couple held up two fingers in a peace sign with the visor of their helmets lifted. From the looks of the man’s shirt, the two were returning rally-goers from last year’s event.
While all of the 2021 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally visitors are valued guests of the town, there was one special rider in particular that made an appearance earlier today. South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem joined the streets to be a part of the annual charity Legends Ride.
South Dakota Governor Announces Funds Raised from 2021 Legends Ride at Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Every year, as a part of the Rally, local and national celebrities participate in the Legends Ride that starts in downtown Deadwood. The Sturgis Buffalo Chip holds an auction to raise money for three charities: Treasured Lives, Special Olympics South Dakota, and the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum and Hall of Fame. According to New Center 1, the Legends Ride has helped raise more than a half-million dollars since its debut in 2008.
During the 2021 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, big names like former Packers offensive tackle Earl Dotson, actor Tom Berenger, legendary female road racer Patricia Fernandez and Governor Noem joined the ceremony.
While most rally-goers tend to enter the town on their hogs, Noem chose to ride in on her horse named Iceman. She announced her state’s dedication to the local charity, Treasured Lives, which provides funds to efforts against human trafficking. Before the ride began, the governor stated, “I want South Dakota to be the state that stands the most for protecting people from the tragedy of human trafficking.”
According to Noem’s later tweet, the town succeeded in bringing in big money to the organization.
“Thanks to David Uhl, we were able to raise $80,000 for Treasured Lives today before the start of the Legends Ride in Deadwood. His painting of me and Ice Man at the Buffalo Roundup sold for $55,000 and the flag I carried onto the stage this afternoon sold for $25,000,” Noem wrote on Twitter.
She continued, “All of that money is going to Treasured Lives to help with their support for victims of human trafficking. This is an issue I have been fighting for & working on as a lawmaker for more than 10 years. Thank you to David & the winning bidders for supporting this amazing charity.”