The 22nd Annual Sturgis Kentucky Bike Rally, formerly known as the Little Sturgis Rally, will be held July 16-19 at the Union County Fairgrounds outside Sturgis, Kentucky. The rally has grown from about 2000 attendees when it began in 1993 to ten times as many expected this year.
Sturgis is a town in Union County with a population of about 2000 and named after Samuel Sturgis who owned the land the city now sets on. The area is encircled by St. Louis, Louisville, Nashville, Memphis and the Mark Twain National Forest.
There will be many activities to enjoy this year including: a bike show, dirt drags, indoor bike games, burnout contest, a best campsite contest, pudding wrestling matches and a wet t-shirt contest. As well as these fun events, the rally offers free hot showers and free tent camping. Be aware though that no one under 21 is allowed and there is a $40 admission fee to attend.
The rally will also include a poker run on Friday and Saturday. All proceeds from this year's poker run will go to the Happy Feet Foundation which is dedicated to buying shoes for disadvantaged children in the area.
Musical artists this year will include Big Engine, Black Stone Cherry and Geneva, as well as other local bands. They will preform in the Rock 'N The Rally amphitheater just inside the grounds.
The gates open at 9am on Thursday, July 16. You will want to enter at the main entrance off of Highway 60/109. The closest city with hotels would be Henderson, Kentucky.
It should be noted that on May 31, 2011 a lawsuit was settled between the Kentucky people that had been using the name "Little Sturgis Rally" and Sturgis Motorcycle, Inc. They agreed to change both the trade and corporate name. According to Dean Kinney, the chairperson of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Inc., there was an undisclosed amount of money paid to the South Dakota community non-profit by the Kentucky organization named in the lawsuit.