Sturgis Rally
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The Rally Is Upon Us

Sturgis is like many small towns in America; a normal, quiet home for residents where nothing ever seems to happen. For seven summer days in early August though, this sleepy town is transformed into a loud, leather bound Mecca for motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world. Rock music blasts from corner store rooftop speakers. People are everywhere, often spilling out into bike lined street. Ladies in body paint and pasties smile and wave for the many cameras and growling engines rumble down Main Street, their roar becoming even louder as each creeps past you like a growing thunderstorm moving across the South Dakota prairie. This can mean only one thing. The Sturgis Rally is once again upon us. 

Sturgis is like many small towns in America; a normal, quiet home for residents where nothing ever seems to happen. For seven summer days in early August though, this sleepy town is transformed into a loud, leather bound Mecca for motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world. Rock music blasts from corner store rooftop speakers. People are everywhere, often spilling out into bike lined street. Ladies in body paint and pasties smile and wave for the many cameras and growling engines rumble down Main Street, their roar becoming even louder as each creeps past you like a growing thunderstorm moving across the South Dakota prairie. This can mean only one thing. The Sturgis Rally is once again upon us.

This year marks the 73rd annual rally; an event that first began as a racing spectacle put on by the Jackpine Gypsies and rally founder, 'Pappy' Hoel, on August 14, 1938. Although the rally still has its fair share of races, things have certainly changed since then. Besides the plethora of t-shirt, motorcycles, concerts and tattoo vendors, there's of course the scantily clad women and the masses of people often numbering over 200,000. Every time I walk up and down Main Street, I wonder if Pappy ever thought his rally would become such an enormous event? Maybe yes, maybe no. Either way, we only have five days until the rally officially kicks off on Monday. A rally that promises to be just as exciting as years past.

So whether you walking down the sidewalk or cruising Main Street on your bike this year, look for me, throw up the devil horns or middle finger and smile. I'll be the red headed camera dude taking your picture just as I did for these folks last year. Look for yours here in the coming days and have a good time. Cheers!

Joe 

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