6 Ways Anyone Can Get on Stage at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®

By Mary Panerio

It doesn’t matter if you’re the next Hendrix, can burp your ABCs or are simply riding a streak of luck. There’s a way for anyone to get on stage at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. If you’d like to walk in the very footsteps of some of the most legendary names in music and spend a moment in the spotlight make sure you check out these six simple ways that can land you a spot on the Chip stage.

1. Submit your band for a spot in the lineup

Devon Worley Band submitted through the ReverbNation opportunity in 2023, which landed them a spot in the main stage lineup opening for Whiskey Myers and George Throrogood and the Destroyers.

If you’re in a band that can stand up to the roar of a few thousand motorcycles, you can submit to be part of the Buffalo Chip lineup!

The ReverbNation Opportunity will be helping the Chip to select bands to join the dozens of world-class headliners performing during the upcoming festival!

The opportunity is open through 3/31/24.

Find out more about the experience of performing at The Best Party Anywhere® here!


2. Enter the Sturgis Area Chamber of Commerce Battle of the Bands

Goodfire entered and won the inaugural Sturgis Battle of the Bands in 2023, earning them a spot on the main stage opening for ZZ Top.

Enter this competition for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to kick off the festivities at the Chip and open for Bad Wolves on Aug. 2, 2024 during the Sturgis Buffalo Chip’s Official Sturgis Rally Kickoff™.

This competition culminates with a one-day, live Battle of the Bands on June 1, 2024 at Harley-Davidson Square in downtown Sturgis, SD. In addition to the slot on the Chip’s legendary Wolfman Jack Main Stage, the winning band will receive a substantial cash prize and other great prizes!


3. Enter the Sturgis Buffalo Chip Poster Model Search

2014 Poster Model Laramie, 2015 Poster Model Raven, 2019 Poster Model Lainie (above), 2020 Poster Model Mai, and 2022 Poster Model Marilyn have all been invited to be part of the International Bikini Team and compete in the nightly Miss Buffalo Chip Pageant on the Main Stage.

Are you sizzlin’ hot and ready to rock? If so, you could land yourself some serious time in the spotlight as the Buffalo Chip Poster Model.

Winning the annual Sturgis Buffalo Chip Poster Model Search could get you $16,000 in cash and prizes thanks to sponsors including Twisted Tea, Pepsi, Fozzy’s Cycle Shop, High Seas Rally, Snap-on Tools of the Black Hills, Silverado Franklin and XRock. In addition, it puts your likeness in countless advertisements, videos, magazine spreads, billboards and posters leading up to and during the Sturgis rally and puts you smack dab in the middle of some of the industry’s hottest events.

This role could also open opportunities for a place in the nightly Miss Buffalo Chip Pageant, allowing you to strut your stuff on the Wolfman Jack Main Stage throughout the rally.

Find out more about qualifying to become the Buffalo Chip’s next Poster Model here!


4. Enter the Hot Hunks Contest

2023 Hot Hunk “Heywood Jablowme” facing off against Miss Buffalo Chip Contestant Daijah during the Homemade Bikini/Mankini Contest on the Main Stage.

Fellas, this is your time to shine! Calling all hunks, studs, beefcakes and dad bods for the Hot Hunks Contest hosted by Hot 93.1! Demonstrate the right combination of manliness, moves and charisma, and you could be the next Buffalo Chip Hot Hunk!

In addition to the title and prizes, you’ll have a chance to help us kick off the festivities on stage during the Buffalo Chip Official Sturgis Rally Kickoff.

Watch for more details on this contest to drop in May!

Meet the 2023 Hot Hunks Finalists here!


5. Take part in hilariously fun contests at Bikini Beach

No matter your hidden talent, there’s a special spot for you to show it off on the Bikini Beach Stage. Join comedian Chris Trew every afternoon for crazy contests including the Homemade Bikini Contest, Beers and Burps Contest, Air Sex World Championships, Frozen T-Shirt Contest, Dick Pictionary and more!


6. Hit up the daily contests at the Big Engine Bar

Generous giveaways are the name of the game on the Buffalo Chip’s Big Engine Bar Stage. Participate in a variety of crazy contests on stage including the Biker Bar Games, Beer Belly Contest, Beard Contest, Cherry Pie Eating Contest, Arm Wrestling Contest, Mullet Madness Contest and many others.

Winners receive prizes ranging from motorcycle tires to free Sturgis Buffalo Chip admission passes for the following year.


What do you hope to do on stage at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip? Tell us in the comments below!

Presented by the Sturgis Buffalo Chip®

Known as The Best Party Anywhere®, the Legendary Buffalo Chip believes festivals should be fun like a high five, reenergize you like a broken rule, and romance you like someone you just met and have to take home.

This nine-day festival remains one of the most televised festivals in the world and has been featured on the Travel Channel, the Discovery Channel, CMT Bike Week, HISTORY, TLC, National Geographic and more.