Bikers Flock to Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota

Hundreds of thousands of bikers were expected to descend on the small town of Sturgis, South Dakota, for the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, beginning on Friday, August 7, local media reported.

The rally draws motorcyclists from across the nation, usually averaging an attendance of 450,000 visitors. The coronavirus pandemic was expected to lessen attendance this year, with city officials expecting about 250,000 people, reports said.

This video shows people gathered along Main Street in Sturgis, where dozens of motorcycles were parked, on Friday afternoon.

The festival runs from August 7 until August 16. City officials told local press that attendees were “recommended” to wear masks and that sanitation measures have been heightened.

Gov Kristi Noem said Thursday that “South Dakota is in a good spot in our fight against COVID-19,” adding that she was “excited for visitors” to come to the state for the rally. Credit: Quick Throttle Magazine via Storyful