Sturgis 2022 kicks off

Shalom Baer Gee Journal staff

In the midst of temperatures reaching the mid-90s, the 82nd annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally began at full throttle on Friday afternoon.

Downtown Sturgis’ transformation from a small South Dakota town of less than 7,000 to the legendary gathering of motorcyclists seemed to be complete. Motorcycles packed downtown in parking areas on Main Street labeled “motorcycle parking only this block.”

Vendors selling souvenirs and motorcycle gear lined the streets and occupied storefronts. Tattoo shops were open for business. One rally-goer, Chuck Pedden, 67, of Cincinnati, waited in the shade under a tent at Sturgis Rally Point drinking a beer as his wife was at a shop getting flowers added to an existing hummingbird tattoo.

The day officially kicked off around 12:30 p.m. with the 82nd annual Opening Ceremonies Parade on Main Street. Dancers from the Woodland Sky Native American Dance Company in traditional regalia started the parade. The remainder included one thing: motorcycles of all colors, makes and models.

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