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The Sturgis Rally and Races. Every August, motorcyclists head out to the Black Hills in South Dakota's biggest tourist event. The town of Sturgis, population 6,000, suddenly gets engulfed by a quarter million bikers

The first Rally was held in 1938, organized by J.C. "Pappy" Hoel, the local dealer for Indian Motorcycles. The nineteen participants raced a half-mile track and then demonstrated stunts that nowadays are only executed by accident: jumping ramps, crashing through plywood walls, and ramming head-on into an automobile.

Nowadays, attendance is about a quarter million humans and the constant roar of hogs can be heard many miles into the countryside. The seven days of activities include races, drinking and occasional public lewdity, cruising the main street, and touring through the countryside but much less chaos than you'd expect in a state that normally only has 600,000 residents.

The Harley-Davidson Museum and Factory Tour, historic hogs and new Harley — all in the same trip. Combination museum-and-plsnt tour at 10 am and 2 pm Monday through Friday, or museum tour only at 12:30 pm. 1425 Eden Road, York, PA 17402. (717) 848-1177. Free admission, no cameras or kids under 12.

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