Not yet a South Dakota small town, but while overall the number of participants for the 2009 Sturgis Rally vary from source to source, from flat to a 15% decrease versus last year, Jay Allen claims that the Broken Spoke Saloon (Lazelle Street) and its extension the Broken Spoke Campground (County Line) had this year absolute record traffic numbers. So, what was going on in “Broken Spoke Township”?
The maiden Broken Spoke Saloon housed a display of the Next Generation and Beyond (Brian Elliott of Black Sunshine Customs, Rod Davis of Stripped Down Cycles, Scott Williams of Williams Originals, etc). Partygoers and campers could experience the Biggest Drive-In Biker Bar, the Limpnickie Lot, The Good Ol’ Days Racetrack, Vendors Village and The American Motor Dome. This year was special as the Vets Moving Wall was on site for the spectators to experience. What else? The Biggest Biker Pool, the Sugarbear and Michael Litcher Ride attracting 300 riders, the opening of the Legends Gallery (with photography work from Colleen Swartz, Speed King’s Jeff Citron and master painter David Uhl and John Guillemette). And of course endless live concerts all week long. Broken Spoke Saloon. (pictures Left Geno Stull. Right Colleen Swartz).