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The little town o Sturgis, Kentucky (population 2.200), sits in the northwest corner of the state and it is host to one of the best biker parties that I have been to in a long time.

It is a beautiful area for riding with its rolling hills and winding roads that pass through rural areas. The townspeople and kids wave at you and welcome signs are all over the place. Everywhere we went it was, ‘glad you’re here, hope you have a good stay” You really feel welcome and it sets the mood for a good time.

This event was originally started in 1993 by Phil Smith of Custom Cycle and Van Supply, and Ron Smith of H&T Enterprises, in Indiana as a one-day event that drew 2500 that could not, or did not, want to make it to the other Sturgis.

It is now held at the Union County Fairgrounds on Route 60 and it has turned into a four day event that draws almost 25,000 people. There were plenty of vendors of good food, shirts, and other merchandise was readily available. They also had a good turn out of tattooist and airbrush artists.

Even with the increase in numbers of the amount expected, everything went off very smoothly.

There is plenty to do like PARTY—watch the bike show—PARTY—watch or participate in the races—PARTY—watch or participate in the biker games like the slow race, weenie bite, barrel push etc.—PARTY—and especially the LOWFAT CHOCOLATE PUDDING WRESTLING CONTEST for women—PARTY—well, I guess you get the idea.

The security is provided by the promoters and no local police are allowed on the premises. No one under 18 is permitted in and ID cards are checked.

The campgrounds are massive with every thing from one-person tents to motor homes. That is where the real partying goes on. Large amounts of alcohol are consumed even though none is sold on the premises. You must bring your own booze, or find some one to share theirs with you. That is not at all that hard to do. By the mounds of empty beer cans lying around it is evident big fun is being had by all. They are going to need a tractor-trailer, or two, to carry the dead-soldiers away.

There are campfires and friendly people, naked women, burnouts, show-your-tits signs with plenty of women trying to comply, loud music and just partyin’ and partyin’.

I have made up my mind that I’m going to this Sturgis, as opposed to the other one. The Governor of South Dakota has already let me know he doesn’t want me or my kind at the rally there. Hey, come to think of it that may be some of you, too!

Look for me at the FUN STURGIS-­KENTUCKY, that is. Hope to see you all again and get to party some more.

Ride safe.




This article is from Biker Number 190 January 2001 an Easyriders magazine.

Photography by Jeff Splater / Contemporary Images and Rogue.


Saturday, July 28, 2001 1:21 PM

To: Rogue

Subject: Re: Little Sturgis


The official count was 21,000 with an additional 1200 volunteers, it was an older crowd this year, more of the big and new motor homes, the party settled down around midnight, there was a lot more nudity this year with little control, several people mentioned reading your article in Biker, so it did bring in more people this year.





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