Set-up for the Rally

Eliu Gonzalez from Wisconsin hangs t-shirts at Milwaukee Leathers as they set up for the Sturgis motorcycle rally.

The official dates of the 79th Sturgis motorcycle rally are Aug. 2-11, but the party has already started for some. Here are today's rally-related events:

*all events in Sturgis unless otherwise noted

Live music

The Shotgun Billys, 8 p.m., Kickstands Campground

Zeona Road, Loud American Roadhouse

Special events

Director’s Ride

Join Jerry Cole, the director of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, for the inaugural Director’s Ride. Limited spots available. This will be 145-mile ride that lasts four to five hours. Each registration includes lunch, swag bag and T-shirt. Cost: $79 per person.

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