The documentary "America Wild And Wacky: Sturgis", from the Smithsonian Channel , is a fast look at the famous Sturgis biker rally. As you can expect from Smithsonian, it is a very good documentary, full of interesting information, excellent filming and editing.
The DVD is great for those who have never been to Sturgis; you can see what you'd miss. Lots of interesting statistics, like 800 vendors, 100,000 motorcycles a day in Main Street, 600,000 bikers during the week (for a normal population of Sturgis of 6,500) and 600 tons of garbage.
You see the Major of Sturgis riding around on a scooter, in-between all these powerful motorcycles. The DVD shows all these outrageous people and their motorcycles.
The 2007 documentary, some 46 minutes long, tells you a bit about the history of Sturgis, they show you the 100 or so police officers from around the area that have given up their holiday time to pitch in to keep law & order in the town.
There are a lot of short interviews with participants, giving them a sentence or two, so nothing boring. There's also a long section on the female bikers, notably an interview with fellow blogger & musician Sasha Mullins and Genevieve Schmitt .
Sites: Main Street, Dungeon bar, Chrome Zone (custom bike building contest), Sundance's burn out contest, Dime Horse Shoe Bar, Weddings (80 weddings performed at Sturgis during bike week), Tattoos Parlors, motorcycle stunts and the famous Buffalo Chip campground.
Quotes: "I used to come on a Harley-Davidson, but now I'm on probation" "If you own an iron horse, you haven't lived until you've saddled up for Sturgis"
Plot: A good overview of Sturgis 2007.
Verdict: A very watchable documentary of Sturgis. For those who have attended, it's probably lame, but for those that have never been, it's a good chance to see what goes on there.
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