A big event in western KELOLAND kicks off Friday.
The 78th Sturgis Rally starts Friday and it’s been a popular event for years. In this week’s Flashback Friday, KELOLAND News looks back at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in 1993.
“Why does a person come 1500 miles so they can run around in a circle and ride bumper to bumper with another guy? To show off their new motorcycle they just bought.”
There are lots of show offs in Sturgis this week. Maybe the most bikers since the 400,000 that came here for the 50th rally three years ago.
They are here to renew old friendships and make new ones. Some even come here to get married.
But the love affair that blossoms during the rally is between the biker and his machine.
“Harley Davidson. Pretty much it. It’s an annual thing that’s been going on for 53 years. Everyone’s into it now.”
This is an unlikely year for a near record turn out.
Many thought bikers from the Midwest would stay home because of flooding along the Mississippi. Instead the rally is there escape from a summer of sandbagging.
“Get away from the rain and have all the good weather out here. That’s why we come here.”
“This is nice. You have a beautiful green grass, you got crops that look good on the way out. Back in Des Moines it’s just total devastation it looks like a bomb hit it.”
“It’s kind of nice to get away from it so you don’t have to see it every day. And we’ll probably go back and do what we can to help them. You gotta get away from it after a while.”
The bikers say canceling their rally plans never crossed their minds, even during the worst of the flooding.
This is their way of riding out the storm.
In Sturgis, Perry Groten, KELOLAND News.