Sturgis tried something a bit new and different in 2017, providing Wednesday evening events and entertainment downtown for residents and visitors. The “Music on Main” series ran for 8 weeks, both before and after the annual Motorcycle Rally.
Featuring mountain bike races, bouncy castles, live music, kid-friendly activities, food trucks, and more, the event proved that downtown Sturgis can be packed every week, not just during the first week of August.
The Motorcycle Rally seems to be getting longer every year, and the new Music on Main series provides additional incentive to rally-goers to Visit Sturgis in the weeks before or after the official Rally week.
Just as all types of people and motorcycles converge at the Sturgis Rally, as do food vendors who offer a wide selection of chow for hundreds of thousands of hungry bikers to nosh. Famous names and street vendors alike come from thousands of miles away to set up shop in Sturgis for a week of feeding hungry masses. The options are almost limitless and there is something for everyone to enjoy, but we have compiled a list of the top four foods to try in Sturgis to get you started.
4. Sweeto Burrito
What began as a venture in a North Dakota oil patch, has since become rally food legend. The line is always long, but service is fast, and it is always worth it. Rally goers can literally not wait to get their lips around a Sweeto Burrito – a huge tortilla stuffed with ingredients including carne assada, sweet shredded pork, tater tots, cilantro sauce, french fries, smoked chicken, and many other options of flavorful goodness. Although there are franchises of Sweeto Burrito popping up across the country, the original food truck can be found in the parking lot of the Iron Horse Saloon. And you don’t want to miss it.
3. Turkey Leg
A day on the motorcycle makes a biker hungry. Savagely hungry. Satisfy your inner caveman with a punch of protein like no other and chow down on a giant turkey leg. Smoked for hours and deeply infused with flavors of charcoal and mesquite, you will not regret or soon forget taking down one of these bad boys. Offered by numerous vendors at various locations all over Sturgis, you are sure to pass by one when hunger strikes. Get it. Take a picture of it. Devour it.
2. Steak Tips
There is a bit of controversy surrounding steak tips in the town of Sturgis. Two venues vie for the title of “best steak tips in the world.” Contender number one is the Knuckle Saloon. Boasting tender marinated tips cooked as you like them, and breaded or unbreaded. The Knuckle Saloon offers a twist on the original with buffalo style bleu cheese tips if you are feeling a little more … saucy. The Knuckle Saloon is located on the corner of Lazelle and 1st Street. The second contender is the Loud American Roadhouse, located right on Main Street in downtown Sturgis. Their steak tips are touted as beef tenderloin, gently dusted with a secret blend of house herbs, spices and flour and flash-fried to a medium rare that nearly melts in your mouth. So who has the best steak tips? You may need to try both, and decide for yourself.
1. Something New
Food vendors vary from year to year, providing new adventures for your palate. What could possibly be described as “metal carnival food”, or “fair food on crack”, all bets are off as to what you will have the opportunity to taste. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a giant funnel cake or deep fried Oreos. Grab some food on a stick from corn dogs to kabobs. How about a pizza dog…a hot dog wrapped in pizza and deep fat fried. Whatever your taste buds desire and more is sure to be found in a food truck, tent, restaurant or shack at the Sturgis Rally. Take a chance, try it, and add it to the list of your unique Sturgis experience.
2017 Sturgis Camaro Rally Schedule has been announced!
The first day of the 2017 Camaro Rally is Thursday, June 22 and will include registration at the Iron Horse Saloon, a guided poker run, and be followed by an evening mixer, a pub crawl, and entertainment! Activities for Friday will include a complimentary breakfast for registered attendees at the Knuckle Saloon, a fun run, and drag racing! The events for Saturday, June 24 include a car show and show and shine, main street photo, loud pipes contest, award presentation, and evening entertainment at the Iron Horse Saloon. The final day of the Rally consists of a fun run and a group photo opportunity.
Thursday, June 22nd
9:00 am to 5:00 pm – Iron Horse Saloon Registration
10:00 am to 5:00 pm – White’s Queen City Poker Run – Guided Poker Runs leave at 11am and 12pm from Iron Horse Saloon parking lot
6:00 pm – Knuckle Camaro Mixer – Meet & greet, meal, and announcements at The Knuckle Saloon Pavilion
Early bird registration rates for the Tatanka mountain bike race, the amazing, epic race hosted out of Sturgis are ending soon! The registration fees for the epic distance, which is a 135km race starting at Mount Rushmore are currently $150, but will be increasing to the full rate of $200 soon. If you plan to ride your mountain bike in this event, or know of someone else who does, now is a great time to register and take advantage of a lower rate. The registration fees for the shorter 55km distance will be increasing as well.
Registration fees for the Tatanka mountain bike race, an epic race hosted in Sturgis with multiple distance options, are increasing again soon! The registration fees for the epic distance, which is a 135km race starting at Mount Rushmore are currently $125, but will be increasing to $150 at the start of June. If you plan to ride your mountain bike in this event, or know of someone else who does, now is a great time to register and take advantage of a lower “early bird” rate. The registration fees for the shorter 55km distance will be increasing as well.
Ever wonder what folks in the Sturgis area do in the winter? The area is widely known as a motorcycle mecca and for its spring, summer, and fall recreation. Snowmobiles are a popular past time in the winter, but you can’t snowmobile all the time. So what do area residents do to keep themselves occupied? Among other things, they race outhouses!
The Nemo 500 outhouse races are an annual fundraiser for the Naja Shrine Children’s Transportation fund. Teams build racing outhouses and compete against each other, with awards given for the best times. There is also a people’s choice award for the spectators favorite mobile privy!
A chili cook-off is held as part of the event, and participation as a spectator is free of charge! Learn more about the Nemo 500, to be held in Nemo, SD on February 27, 2016, by visiting the official Nemo 500 website at nemo500.com.
Registration fees for the Tatanka mountain bike race, an epic race hosted in Sturgis with multiple distance options, are increasing at the start of February! The registration fees for the epic distance, which is a 135km race starting at Mount Rushmore are $100, but will be increasing to $125 tomorrow. If you plan to ride your mountain bike in this event, or know of someone else who does, now is a great time to register. The registration fees for the shorter 55km distance will be increasing as well.
2016 Sturgis Camaro Rally Schedule has been announced!
The first day of the 2016 Camaro Rally is Thursday, June 23 and will include registration at the Easyriders Saloon, a guided poker run, and be followed by an evening mixer, a pub crawl, and entertainment! Fridays activities will include a complimentary breakfast for registered attendees at the Knuckle Saloon, a fun run, autocross, and drag racing. The events for Saturday, June 25 include a car show and show and shine, main street photo, loud pipes contest, and evening entertainment at the Easyriders Saloon. The final day of the Rally consists of a fun run and a photo opportunity at the Crazy Horse Memorial.
Some of the women who visit the area take the opportunity to wear a bit less than perhaps they normally would and show off their assets. The men who visit Sturgis, and many of the women as well, definitely look forward to the spectacle. There are many interesting outfits, body paint, and uniforms on display at the Rally. The diversity of what is on display makes for an interesting adventure for all who attend.