STURGIS, S.D. — They say all things must come to an end, and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally isn’t immune.
The ceremony for the 82nd Sturgis Rally began with a speech from Sturgis Mayor Mark Carstensen, who thanked the sponsors and rally-goers for their support of the event.
To give the rally the proper sendoff, Stuntman Cole Freeman jumped Main Street Sturgis on a Harley Davidson Motorcycle. It’s the third year, Freeman says, that he’s hoping to carry on the legend of daredevil Evil Knievel.
“What a way to end it, you know? I’m the only man in the world to jump a motorcycle over Main Street Sturgis,” Freeman said. “It’s my third time doing it. It’s a great privilege to have it. I want to keep doing it. I think it’s a great way to end the rally and let’s just keep doing it that way.”
Following Freeman’s jump, the city also unveiled the logo for next year’s rally.