Little Sturgis is dead; long live Kentucky Bikerfest

Publish Date: 
Apr 14, 2011

The July rally in Sturgis, Kent., is on again, but it won’t be known as the diminutive version of the famed South Dakota rally anymore.

Organizers canceled the rally two weeks ago because of a trademark lawsuit that Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Inc. took over from the Sturgis (S.D.) Chamber of Commerce. The case is pending in federal court.

But many in the area didn’t want to lose the event or the revenue. So the Union County Fair Board, Custom Biker Wear and Cycle Works agreed to present a new rally July 14 to 17 under the name Kentucky Bikerfest.

Fair board president Doug Omer told the Evansville (Ind.) Courier Press the new event will be shorter and have more activities for families. Events such as the bike show also may be moved off the fairgrounds so the public can attend.

"We just did not want to see (the rally) thrown to the curb. It is such a benefit to the community," says Carlene Thomas of Custom Biker Wear.

Posted by Holly Wagner

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