Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Still a Go
Although events have been cancelled all over the world the past few months and attempts at drive-in concerts are raising eyebrows, one event is still scheduled to take place as planned. The music and motorsports event known as the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally which takes place in Sturgis South Dakota is set to take place this week despite COVID-19 concerns. The event takes place over 10 days and brings in about 500,000 people each year.
The original lineup featured ZZ Top, Willie Nelson, Shinedown, and many more. All of the major acts have pulled out of their performing duties, but the festival was able to find replacement acts. Notable replacements include Smash Mouth, Buckcherry, and Andrew Dice Clay. With the festival set to kick off August 7th, it will be the 80th anniversary and a history of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally can be found here.
South Dakota was not hit particularly hard by COVID-19 with 136 total deaths at the time of publication, but there are major concerns with the festival taking place. Some musicians fall into the high-risk category due to age and/or health conditions. Also, anytime large crowds are brought together right now there are major concerns for the virus spreading rapidly. Festival organizers are banking on the fact that the event is completely outdoors and spread out over a very large space. Vendors, musicians, and fans are all expected to follow the CDC guidelines over the 10-day festival. It will be very interesting to see if the event organizers of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally can pull off this large event successfully and safely.