Annual Event For Motorcyclists From Across The USA Set For Aug. 7-16
So, Sturgis Motorcycle Rally 2020 will take place as scheduled Aug. 7-16. It will be the 80th annual event.
In June, the Sturgis City Council approved the event with an 8-to-1 vote, tho there are changes this year due to continued COVID-19 concerns. For instance, city-sponsored events such as the Opening Ceremonies, parades, contests, and live music at the Harley-Davidson Rally Point Plaza have been canceled. There will be no photo towers on Main Street.
To assist with traffic flow, the City will have temporary traffic controls in place and transportation services will be available. Hand sanitizer stations will be prominent and nightly sanitization of sidewalk areas will take place in the downtown area. Attendees will be asked to be respectful of the community concerns by practicing social distancing and taking personal responsibility for their health by following CDC guidelines.
Right now, the Sturgis rally website lists three events: the Drag Races, the Mayor’s Charity Poker Tournament and a “Remembering Our Fallen” a photographic war memorial that honors America’s military fallen from the war on terror (9/11/2001 – present).
There is a full schedule of concerts, including ZZ Top on Wednesday, Aug. 12, Ratt on Monday, Aug. 10 and Colt Ford on Sunday, Aug. 9. And, of course, the rides that are such a big draw for motorcyclists from all over the USA are still taking place this year.
As far as lodging, the campgrounds and RV parks will be open with Pappy Hoel serving as the event’s official Campground and Resort.
“After considering many options, the City Council voted in favor of moving forward with preparations for the large influx of tourists and participants coming to enjoy the Black Hills, with a focus on preserving the safety of our residents,” the city of Sturgis announced in a statement.
“Attendees will be asked to be respectful of the community concerns by practicing social distancing and taking personal responsibility for their health by following CDC guidelines.”
It also stated that “the City of Sturgis has been the pre-eminent host of this event for decades and welcomes each visitor to the event.”