Over two hundred thousand bikers rode to Sturgis, South Dakota for a massive motorcycle rally.
Republican Governor Kristi Noem encouraged attendance and said it would be good for local businesses.
Noem tweeted about the event “I trusted my people, they trusted me, and South Dakota is in a good spot in our fight against COVID-19. The #Sturgis motorcycle rally starts this weekend, and we’re excited for visitors to see what our great state has to offer!”
Speaking to CNN, Sturgis city spokeswoman Chirstina Steele said “As in most years, the opening weekend is very busy, Normally, the number of visitors will likely peak around Wednesday and will then begin to taper off.”
The Hill spoke to some bystanders reacting to the huge crowd.
“Everybody’s cooped up from the coronavirus. Everybody’s ready to have fun, and… so am I” said one man they interviewed.
— Connor Matteson (@mattesontv) August 8, 2020