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79th Rally, Aug. 2nd-11th, Begins in



DAILY MEDIA UPDATE
August 1, 2018
Friday will be the first official day of the 2018 Rally. Main Street will close to 4-wheeled traffic at 2AM Friday. Map of street closures. Main Street Photo Towers will be open 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. daily. Towers are located at Junction and Main as well as Main and Third. Media will have free access to these towers with a Sturgis Media Pass. Daily media briefings will take place at 1:00 in the Sturgis Community Center, 1401 Lazelle. Parking passes for media are available at the same location where you pick up Media passes. All press releases are posted on the City Website Media page. Tomorrow at the Rally - Friday, August 3 Neil Hultman Day - Founding Father of the Jackpine Gypsies. Reception at Sturgis Indian at 10:00 AM. Press Release. Opening Ceremonies will take place at 4:00 PM at Harley-Davidson Rally Point. Dana Bowman will do his first parachute jump into Sturgis at 4:00 as part of the Opening Ceremonies. Press Release. Interviews and other information – If you would like to schedule an interview with any of the City staff, they will be available following the daily press conference. If you need additional information about events taking place in the City, please call or text 605-347-1331.


Friday, August 3 Proclaimed Neil Hultman Day in Sturgis
July 31, 2018
STURGIS, SD - Friday, August 3 Proclaimed Neil Hultman Day in Sturgis Sturgis resident Neil Hultman was the first official Road Captain for the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club. In 1947, he and Pappy Hoel worked hand in hand leading motorcycle tours through the Black Hills, promoting the Sturgis Hill Climb, and the Half-Mile racing events...


Rockford Fosgate Named Official Motorcycle Audio Sponsor of the 2018 Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ for Fifth Consecutive Year
July 23, 2018
TEMPE, Ariz. – July 23, 2018 – Rockford Fosgate (www.rockfordfosgate.com), the industry leader in high-performance audio solutions, is proud to announce for the fifth consecutive year that it will be the “Official Motorcycle Audio Sponsor" of the famed Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™, during the 78th annual event from August 3-12, 2018. Rockford Fosgate will bring high performance motorcycle audio systems to the crowds of enthusiasts on Lazelle Street in downtown Sturgis, S.D. as well as at the Black Hills Harley-Davidson® in Rapid City, S.D. during the Rally™.


RumbleOn to Sponsor 78th Annual Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™
July 19, 2018
RumbleOn to act as the exclusive online pre-owned motorcycle company sponsor at the annual rally


Sturgis Police Motorcycle Raffle
July 18, 2018
The Sturgis Police Athletic League (PAL) is raffling a 2015 Harley Davidson Sturgis Police Edition FLHTP motorcycle.


BEEF Continues as Official Meat of the 78th Sturgis ® Motorcycle Rally™
July 11, 2018
BEEF continues to be celebrated by thousands of consumers as they head to the 78th Sturgis ® Motorcycle Rally™. The South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) team and the beef checkoff are once again partnering with the City of Sturgis as the "Official Meat of the 78th Sturgis ® Motorcycle Rally™."


Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ Names Progressive as Title Sponsor.
June 29, 2018
The City of Sturgis is proud to announce a four-year agreement naming Progressive Casualty Insurance Company as the Title Sponsor of the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™.


VFW to Sponsor 78th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
June 5, 2018
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is proud to announce it is the official sponsor of the 2018 Military Appreciation Day at the 78th Annual Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™.


Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ Names Roland Sands 2018 Grand Marshal.
May 30, 2018
Legendary custom bike builder and road racing champion, Roland Sands has been named the Grand Marshal for the 78th Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ scheduled to take place Friday, August 3 – Sunday, August 12, 2018.


Pappy Hoel Campground named Official Campground of the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™
April 4, 2018
The City of Sturgis is excited to announce the Official Campground of the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™. Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie stated “Our partnership with the Pappy Hoel Campground is a win – win. We all want the very best for our attendees and we are confident that those who choose to enjoy the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ while staying at the Pappy Hoel Campground will most definitely have a great Rally experience"


Roundabouts coming to Sturgis!
April 1, 2018
The City of Sturgis, South Dakota announced a plan to install European-style traffic roundabouts at both ends of Historic Main Street in the heart of Sturgis to increase traffic flow as next step in downtown Rally-friendly infrastructure improvements.


2018 South Dakota Vacation Guide
March 28, 2018
The 2018 South Dakota Vacation Guide is a 265-page, full-color traveler's guide to South Dakota. It's a big, comprehensive magazine filled with color photos, different maps and information on attractions, accommodations, and visitor services in all corners of the state.


Sturgis Burger Battle named Preferred Qualifier for World Food Championships
February 5, 2018 - By Jerry Cole
STURGIS, SD, February 5, 2018— The Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ has announced that it has been named a Preferred Qualifier for the World Food Championships at the inaugural Sturgis Burger Battle.


Sturgis: Eat, Drink, Play TV special
January 12, 2018
The Sturgis: Eat, Drink, Play TV special is scheduled to air on Travel Channel at 10pm EST on Jan 14th. Please check your local listings to confirm, and hope you enjoy the show!


U.S. FLAG RELAY AND COMMEMORATIVE HARLEY TO HONOR CHRISTENING OF THE USS SOUTH DAKOTA - SSN 790
October 2, 2017
Motorcyclists Will Relay U.S. Flag Across South Dakota and Reveal Custom 2018 Harley-Davidson Street Glide. An American flag will be carried across South Dakota to commemorate the upcoming christening of the new USS SOUTH DAKOTA (SSN 790) fast attack submarine.


Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen To Unveil Official 78th Anniversary Logo
August 8, 2017
Mayor Mark Carstensen, along with City Manager Daniel Ainslie and numerous SMRi board members, will be on hand to unveil the 78th official logo of the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ on historic Main Street in downtown Sturgis.


Klein Tools Named Official Tool Sponsor of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
July 27, 2017
Behind-the-scenes video and inaugural Klein Ride to feature professional electricians and tradesmen


FLAT TRACK IS THE REAL THING
July 26, 2017
Coca Cola Supports Russ Brown Pappy Hoel Speed Classic In Sturgis. The Pappy Hoel Speed Classic presented by Russ Brown returns to the same historic dirt track where it all began back in 1938.


BEEF Declared Official Meat of the 77th Sturgis ® Motorcycle Rally™
July 20, 2017
PIERRE, SD - Rain is in short supply this summer, but August promises to be the month when BEEF will be celebrated by thousands of consumers as they head to the 77th Sturgis ® Motorcycle Rally™ . The South Dakota Beef Industry Council (SDBIC) team and the beef checkoff will partner with the City of Sturgis as the "Official Meat of the 77th Sturgis ® Motorcycle Rally™"


20 Days Until Rally! - Sturgis Welcomes You!
July 14, 2017
Our local establishments are very excited to host the country’s biggest and best motorcycle rally! They are working hard to make sure everything is ready for you to enjoy 10 days of incredible riding, music, food and friends. We caught up with some of our local establishments in Sturgis, and those that were available were more than happy to let us grab a photo in between their hard working moments.


PEOPLE, RIDES AND RACES - STURGIS MOTORCYCLE RALLY
June 16, 2017
Thomas “Arlo" Ventre has been riding motorcycles since 10 years old -- mopeds, dirt bikes, motocross. You name it, he rode it. When he was 18 years old he started riding a friend’s 1969 Harley Davidson Sportster Chopper for a small rental fee - $20. Arlo loved it so much, he offered to buy it, but his buddy wouldn’t part with it. “You don’t want a chopper," his friend said, “You want a panhead." So in October 1984, Arlo got himself a 1962 panhead...


Announcing Jessi Combs as the Grand Marshal
June 8, 2017
Sturgis SD – Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ Names Jessi Combs as Grand Marshal for 2017 Mayor’s Ride. Known as the Fastest Woman on Four-Wheels, Black Hills native, Jessi Combs has been named the Grand Marshal for the 15th Annual Sturgis Mayor’s Ride scheduled to take place on Monday, August 7, 2017 during the Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™.


The Mayors Ride: A Rally Crown Jewel - Q & A with Mayor Mark Carstensen
May 12, 2017 - By Stacy L. Bettison*
2011 was a special year for City of Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen. It was his first year as Mayor and first time leading the acclaimed Sturgis Mayor’s Ride. His first ride as Mayor was especially memorable, however, because it was the first year he had his motorcycle license. As if it couldn’t get any better, South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard attended the ride. Like Mayor Carstensen, Govenor Daugaard was in his first year of office and had just recently received his motorcycle license. Together they rode as new leaders and new riders, leading the way out of the City of Riders and through the celebrated beauty of the Black Hills.


Pappy Hoel Campground named Official Campground for Harley Owners Group
April 26, 2017
Harley-Davidson Motor Company and the Full Throttle Saloon’s Pappy Hoel Campground have partnered to name the Pappy Hoel Campground as the official campground for Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) during the 77th annual motorcycle rally in Sturgis, SD. The partnership offers the following benefits to all H.O.G. members with a valid H.O.G. membership: A 10% discount on Pappy Hoel Campground wristbands, which grant admission to all concerts, events and entertainment at the Full Throttle Saloon/Pappy Hoel Campground; Additionally, wristbands qualify H.O.G. members for...


First Ride of the Season, 4 Great Safety Reminders
April 7, 2017 - By Stacy L. Bettison, Two Wheels to Wild*
April 1, 2017: First ride of the season in good ol’ Minnesota. It was in the 60’s and beautiful. Met up with a great bunch of people, and we rode and rode. Couldn’t be more grateful. Being back on the bike after 5 months off, reminded me of a few important things, which I’m pleased to share with you...


THE CLASS OF 2017
March 21, 2017
Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall Of Fame Honors Movers & Shakers. Headlined by a local legend, global icons and a couple of go-fast guys who became industry leaders, the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum is honored to present the Sturgis Hall Of Fame Class of 2017


2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Summary
October 26, 2016 - By Christina Steele
As expected, the 2016 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was not nearly as large as the 75th anniversary in 2015. With all data now in, the official estimated attendance was 448,000. The official attendance estimate for the 75th Rally was 739,000. The attendance number is calculated based on several data points including tons of garbage hauled within the City, Department of Transportation vehicles counts, Mount Rushmore traffic counts, SD Sales tax collections, Sanitation fees collected and Main Street photo counts. All of these numbers were down from 2015 and many were also equal to or slightly down from the 2014 Rally.


Registrations open for the 2017 METZELER VILLAGE, the special campsite organised by the tyre brand to accommodate motorcyclists at the heart of the Isle of Man TT
October 25, 2016 - By Matteo Giusti
For the fifth consecutive year, METZELER will welcome motorcyclists and two wheel fans alike to the National Sports Centre in Douglas, the multi-purpose facility that allows guests to experience the thrill of the TT from a privileged yetlow-cost position!


Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Social Media Strategy Driving Attendance, Tourism
September 21, 2016 - By Jerry W. Cole
STURGIS – During three weeks spanning the 2016 Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™, the City of Sturgis’ rally events department reported record social media traffic. Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ reports that between July 22 and August 18, the official rally Facebook page reached 2,951,000 people and Twitter reached 432,000 people. Both numbers surpassed social media numbers recorded over the same time period during the 75th rally in 2015.


B-1 Flyover To Cap Off Veteran's Ceremony In Sturgis Aug. 9
August 8, 2016 - By ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D.
Aviators from the 28th Bomb Wing will provide a B-1 flyover down Main Street in Sturgis, S.D., at 3 p.m., Aug. 9 as part of the 16th Annual Veterans Recognition Ceremony. "The B-1 flyover is a powerful testament to our nation's military might and unwavering commitment to preserving the freedoms we all cherish," said Jerry W. Cole, City of Sturgis Rally and Events Department director. "It is the perfect way to honor all those who have served our country and those currently serving."


Thank You To Our Sponsors
August 1, 2016 - By Jerry W. Cole
The City of Sturgis would like to take a moment, on the eve of the 76th Annual Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™, to recognize and express our sincere thanks to our Rally Sponsors.


Carey Hart to Lead the Good Ride during the 76th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
July 26, 2016 - By Jerry W. Cole
Information Update: There has been an incorrect date circulating for this event. The Ride is taking place on Sunday, August 7. The Pool Party is scheduled for Tuesday, August 9. Carey Hart is returning to the Sturgis Rally this year after attending the 75th Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ as the Grand Marshall of the Mayor's Ride. This year, you are invited to join Carey and company to be a part of a new charity event called the 'Good Ride'.


White Plate Racing Association is excited to announce the pre-registration of Mr. Jared Mees
July 22, 2016 - By SMR
White Plate Racing Association is excited to announce the pre-registration of Mr. Jared Mees, the number one seated professional racer in America at this year's "Pappy Hoel Classic" half mile race. This famous event kicks off The Sturgis Rally with big time Professional racing on Monday, August 8th at the Meade County Fairgrounds. Where #1 goes ,so too does many of the top racers in the nation. Tuesday, August 9th is a spectacular Vintage racing program with top local and National racers. The Tuesday Vintage program is rounded out with The 20th Century Racing board trackers from the 1920's and 1930's. A special class has been added for Roland Sands and The Hooligans on the Tuesday program.


Kingpin Strikes In Sturgis!
July 15, 2016 - By Sturgis Museum
Arlen Ness Recognized For Lifetime Achievement Honors Sturgis, South Dakota, July 5, 2016 — In keeping with the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum's mission to honor those who have made a positive and significant impact on the sport and lifestyle, a special "Lifetime Achievement" award has been added to the Class of 2016 induction ceremonies. Already a Sturgis Museum Hall of Fame member circa 1992, Arlen Ness was a unanimous choice to receive the first Lifetime Achievement honors.


Second Annual Aidan's Ride Sturgis Set for 76th Anniversary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2016
July 8, 2016 - By Ken Conte
Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation Charity Ride to Fight ALD Building on Initial Success Brooklyn, New York - The second annual Aidan's Ride Sturgis, a charity motorcycle ride organized to fight ALD, will take place August 8, 2016, during the 76th anniversary of the iconic Sturgis Motorcycle Rally®. Last year, 75 riders participated, raising over $13,500 for the Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation, and organizers expect an even bigger turnout this time around.


Carey Hart to Lead the Good Ride during the 76th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
June 30, 2016
Carey Hart is returning to the Sturgis Rally this year after attending the 75th Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™ as the Grand Marshall of the Mayor's Ride. This year, you are invited to join Carey and company to be a part of a new charity event called the 'Good Ride'.


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