By | Aug 2, 2009

As July ends and August begins thousands of motorcycle riders and their friends climb on their bikes and head to Sturgis, South Dakota to be part of the big rally that occurs there each year. The 69th rally runs from August 3, 2009 through the 9th.

The Black Hills Motor Classic, the first rally, was held August 12-14, 1938. This weekend was selected because it did not did not interfere with other events held in surrounding communities such as the rodeo at Belle Fourche and Deadwood with its Days of 76.

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is the first full week of August, Monday through Sunday after a full August weekend. August 3rd is the earliest it can begin with 9th as late as it will begin.

Sturgis, South Dakota is located in the Black Hills. The town was founded in 1888 as a place where off-duty soldiers from the U.S. Cavalry’s Fort Meade could go. It is named for the fort’s commander, Colonel Samuel D. Sturgis.

The Old West town of Deadwood, famous for Wild Bill Hickok and others, is 15 miles from Sturgis. Mount Rushmore is 40 miles.

The town of Sturgis has a population of around 6,000, but during the beginning of August with the annual motorcycle rally that not only brings riders on bikes, but also families in campers, it swells to over 1/2 million people and at times has matched or exceeded the census population of the State.


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