Seven members from Barksdale Air Force Base traveled to Sturgis, South Dakota earlier this month for the largest motorcycle rally in the world. They stayed at The Legendary Buffalo Chip, where the Sturgis rally really happens. Sure, there’s Main Street, Deadwood, Hill City, Rapid City, and other great locations, and they visited them all. But, when they were finished sight seeing and riding the Badlands, Iron Mountain Road, or Needles Highway, they came home to the Chip and had everything they needed. The Chip has plenty of RV spots, free tent camping included in your admission price, a bikini beach, amphitheater, bars, vendors, food, and even a Zipline. But that’s not all. The Chip is well known for their hospitality and the best musical acts available anywhere. This year, during the Chip’s 30th annual party, guests were treated to performances by such great entertainers as Alice Cooper, Tesla, George Thorogood, JohnFogerty, Puddle of Mud, Poison, Def Leppard, Styx, Buck Cherry, and Toby Keith, just to name a few. Bikers enjoyed Keith’s encore performances of “American Soldier” and “Courtesy of the Red White and Blue”, among revving of engines, hoopla and hollering. The nightly Miss Buffalo Chip contest was a crowd favorite. Riders brought there motorcycles nearly right up to the stage, and frequently showed their approval by revving of the motors.
Guests always had something to do; such as laying out at the bikini beach, taking a dip in the water or swinging from the rope. The midget bowling was entertainment not found in many other venues, and the premium vendors had varied wares from chaps to t-shirts and bike seats to pin striping. Taco Bell and Domino’s Pizza were on site to provide late night fare to guests, as well as food vendors carrying everything from steak sandwiches, french fries, baked potatoes, sausage on a stick, corn dogs, hamburgers and hot dogs to lemonade, beer, coke and Jagermeister. The bathroom lines were short, as the staff kept the lines moving and the facilities clean; same goes for the showers. The traveling Vietnam Wall Memorial, located just outside the Chip and surrounded by a sea of red, white and blue flags was awe inspiring, and the Pancake Breakfast at the Biker Church by the Sons of Light Ministry on site was satisfying and guests were grateful for the service. Throughout the campgrounds there was always something to do, and it truly was the best party anywhere. We’re already planning my trip next year. Tickets are on sale now for the 2012 event. Log on to buffalochip.com to make your reservations.