today’s holiday: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

This mammoth yearly rally of 250,000 or so motorcyclists is held in Sturgis, South Dakota. The rally began in 1938 when Clarence “Pappy” Hoel, a local motorcycle dealer, invited some fellow bikers to a get-together. Part of biker lore, the rally now includes races, merrymaking, band music, and usually some misbehavior. Motorcycle drag racing runs eight days, and other official events include bike shows, a swap meet, and monster truck races. The rally also includes unofficial events, especially weddings; 100 or more couples get married there every year. More… Discuss

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