The Sturgis Rally Is This Week; What Happens if There’s No Coronavirus Outbreak?

A Forum file photo of the Sturgis rally in 2016

MINOT, N.D. — The legendary motorcycle rally in Sturgis, S.D., is taking place this week. It’s been on-going since Friday, Aug. 7, and will conclude on Sunday.

Not surprisingly, the decision to hold the rally amid the coronavirus pandemic has earned the event a lot of negative publicity.

“Despite Virus, Thousands Converge on Sturgis for Huge Rally,” the New York Times reports.

“60% of Sturgis residents were against a motorcycle rally that brings in thousands but the city approved it,” CNN screams at us.

According to a report from Fox News, the Cheyenne River Sioux tribe aims to block bikers headed to the rally from crossing their lands.

Online, I saw one troll joking that he was going to watch the live online stream of the event so he could pick out which bikes he wanted to buy from the resulting estate sales.

Is all of this concern about the rally, expressed with varying degrees of reason, warranted? Or is it an overreaction?

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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