STURGIS, SD – Despite the coronavirus pandemic, tens of thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts converged over the weekend outside the small community of Sturgis in South Dakota for the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.
The screeching noises of tires and spinning engines echoed through the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, a 600-acre campground that will host next week for the majority of attendees. This year, many said they were not concerned about the virus, as they walked around without masks, took helicopter tours and attended outdoor concerts and motorcycle shows.
Some bikers were here for the first time. Others have been participating for decades and have said they don’t want to miss what they see as an annual tradition.