Buffalo Chip Announcements

Published on Saturday, January 25, 2020

Shirley Wetz chosen as the 2020 Ruth Ziolkowski Outstanding Hospitality & Customer Service Award winner

Sturgis, SD (January 25, 2020) – Governor Kristi Noem honored Sturgis Buffalo Chip employee Shirley Wetz with the Ruth Ziolkowski Outstanding Hospitality & Customer Service Award this week at the South Dakota Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Pierre. The annual award recognizes a member of the South Dakota tourism industry who provides remarkable service to every visitor and demonstrates an outstanding spirit of hospitality, warmth and genuine kindness. The South Dakota Department of Tourism presents this prestigious award to four individuals, one from each of the state’s four tourism regions. Wetz was the recipient chosen in 2020 from the Black Hills & Badlands region.

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Published on Thursday, December 19, 2019

Kindergarten students in Dupree, Lemmon and Faith are learning to ride bikes courtesy of the All Kids Bike program 

Sturgis, SD (December 19, 2019) – Kindergarten students in three rural western South Dakota schools will be learning to ride a bicycle in PE class thanks to a gift of 66 Strider balance bikes from the Sturgis Buffalo Chip, Flying Piston and Strider. The bikes were assembled by Buffalo Chip staff, packed into a trailer and hand delivered to elementary schools in Dupree, Lemmon and Faith, S.D. Donations made through the Buffalo Chip’s Biker Belles® and The Flying Piston made it possible for each of the schools’ Kindergarten PE programs to receive everything needed to teach children how to ride bikes. All three schools received teacher training and certification, a structured eight-lesson curriculum, a fleet of 22 Strider 14x Balance Bikes, 22 Pedal Conversion Kits, 22 fully adjustable helmets and a five-year support plan. Watch the video of the "Strider Adventure Tour" and three school presentations below.

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Published on Monday, December 2, 2019

The lineup for the 80th Anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is off to an epic, ass-kicking start with Willie Nelson & Family, ZZ Top, Shinedown, REO Speedwagon, Puddle of Mudd, and Team Certified Championship Boxing!

Sturgis, SD (November 29, 2019) – The Sturgis Buffalo Chip® is coming out of the gate with a multiple all-star, first announcement for the 80th Anniversary of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in 2020. Today marks the largest Black Friday announcement the Rally has ever seen. Pre-sale prices end on Dec. 2 at 5 p.m. MST. As the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling®, the Chip is living up to its reputation with five of the biggest names in entertainment and a spectacular new sporting event to kick off its announcements. See the video announcement here: BuffaloChip.com/BANDS.

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Published on Friday, September 27, 2019

Nine nights of blockbuster world-class concerts and races, hundreds of thousands of deliriously happy fans, tens of millions of dollars into the Black Hills economy, $132,076 in charity donations and just 3 ambulance rides. And here comes 2020! 

Sturgis, SD (September 26, 2019) – Keeping safe its reputation as “The Best Party Anywhere!”®  the Sturgis Buffalo Chip presented another epic year of concerts and events with some of the world’s most celebrated and sought-after performers including Keith Urban, Snoop Dogg, Toby Keith, Disturbed, Godsmack, Styx and Collective Soul. The concerts themselves gave Chipsters exponentially more than they had imagined for passes purchased for as low as $19 per day. The 2019 extravaganza also included American Flat Track racing, RSD Super Hooligan racing, a star-studded Motocross event, death-defying stunt shows, nine impressive bike shows, the Sturgis Rally’s most prestigious charity rides featuring world-renowned celebrities and much more.

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Published on Thursday, July 11, 2019

13 more acts round out 2019 lineup at the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling!®

Sturgis, SD (July 10, 2019) – The world’s largest motorcycle and music festival has announced the full two-week lineup of world-class concerts, professional racing, legendary bike shows and seriously fun events to take place during its 38th annual event July 29 - Aug. 11, 2019. Thirteen additional acts have signed on to join an entertainment lineup that already includes Keith Urban, Disturbed, Toby Keith, Snoop Dogg, Godsmack, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, Styx, Collective Soul, Dee Snider, Volbeat, Theory of a Deadman, Zakk Sabbath and others. The now 30+ entertainment acts in the lineup appear alongside the festival’s races and bike shows on the Buffalo Chip’s limited-edition 2019 commemorative poster. The full list of bands scheduled for 2019, the official lineup video and the poster can be found here: www.buffalochip.com/BANDS

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Published on Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling® is Racing Central in 2019

Sturgis, SD (July 3, 2019) – Seven days of diverse, action-packed racing events are making this year’s Sturgis Buffalo Chip Moto Stampede race series the premier action center of the rally. From the American Flat Track Buffalo Chip TT and RSD Super Hooligan to street drags, Dirt Riot Off-Road, Gambler 500 Mini Bike Show Down and a crazy Hooptie X, audiences will have an up-close viewing experience paired with hot rock concerts they won’t find in any other venue in the world. Passes and more info can be found at MotoStampede.com

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Published on Wednesday, July 3, 2019

The Bob Hanson Distinguished Service Awards will be presented on the main stage on Thursday, Aug. 8

Sturgis, SD (July 1, 2019) – America’s veterans and active duty military have long held a special place at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®. Thursday has been set aside as a day to honor all those who have served our great country and to celebrate American freedom through main stage awards, special presentations and moving ceremonies. The Buffalo Chip will honor several courageous veterans with the Bob Hanson Distinguished Service Award. The Bob Hanson Distinguished Patriot Award will also be presented and a combat amputee will be honored with a specially built trike. A special Veterans’ Charity Auction will be held at the Buffalo Chip’s Event Center near the East Gate on Thursday, Aug. 8 at 4 p.m. Auction items up for grabs include a brand-new firearm, a one-of-a-kind piece of memorabilia, and a 1990 HD FXLR Custom, completely redone with military-themed graphics from one of the top airbrush artists in the world! All are invited to attend and participate in this live and silent auction benefitting charities America’s Mighty Warriors and The Warrior Dog Foundation.

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Published on Wednesday, July 3, 2019

A dance troupe ready to soar on silk and light a fire!

Sturgis, SD (June 27, 2019) – The Flaunt Girls will leave audiences dazed and amazed when they perform their full show with aerial acrobatics on the Wolfman Jack Stage prior to Skid Row on Friday, Aug. 2.  The dance troupe will also be performing nightly and offering their renowned ‘School of Burlesque’ on the Buffalo Chip’s Kinison Stage at the Flaunt Playground. Each show is uniquely different; part dance, part cirque and 100% tease performed to a variety of classic rock, current rock, country and pop. See the announcement video here: BuffaloChip.com/BANDS.

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Published on Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Sturgis, SD (June 26, 2019) – The City of Sturgis yesterday sent a letter and changed its website to reflect a new date it set for the beginning of the 2020 Sturgis Rally within the City.  It had in late 2016 or early 2017 changed by ordinance the way it determined when the City of Sturgis would recognize the beginning date of the motorcycle rally.  Internet and other publications were not changed and many proceeded with plans based upon the date the motorcycle rally would have commenced under the decades-old formula. 

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Published on Tuesday, June 25, 2019

New additions, free attractions, events, stunt shows, contests, races and live entertainment at the CrossRoads is growing for 2019.

Sturgis, SD (June 25, 2019)The ever-growing, free-access CrossRoads at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip has been undergoing upgrades, with plans for many new activities and events to take place during the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in 2019. The most conspicuous addition is the new Big Engine Bar, which sports a 60-foot handcrafted bar where patrons will enjoy $2 beers and $3 wells, local craft beers on tap and daily live entertainment on stage.

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