Burning rubber

Gearing up for the 76th Sturgis Rally in Sundance

It’s business as usual for this year’s rally-goers, though residents are likely to enjoy a relatively quiet Burnout Wednesday. The 76th Sturgis Rally is expected to draw smaller crowds than last year’s anniversary event.

The Dime Horseshoe Bar will once again host the burnout at 4 p.m. followed by the wet t-shirt contest. On Friday at 7 p.m., Chris Thomas will be playing at the bar, while a poker run will take place on August 6 and 7 and the Pine Hill Hants will play on Tuesday evening and during Burnout Wednesday.

The City of Sundance is prepared for the event, with the usual vendors booked and Police Chief Marty Noonan in charge of road closures throughout the week. On Rally Wednesday, 3rd Street and Main Street will be closed to vehicles; whether Main Street will be closed at other times will depend on the flow of traffic, says City Hall.

“The council gave him discretion to do as he pleases because we can’t anticipate,” comments Mayor Paul Brooks.

There will be one unexpected addition to the agenda for Burnout Wednesday this year. The WyoLotto tour bus will be in town to show off the Harley Davidson bike and 2016 Chevrolet Camaro that will be raffled off later this year to promote the launch of a brand new game.

“Both of them will be showcased at Sundance’s burnout,” says Macy Holmes, administrative assistant for WyoLotto.

“We’re going to be launching a new game towards the end of the year and this is part of a promotion towards that.”

The giveaway itself will be an online promotion, but CEO Jon Clontz will be on hand outside Dillon’s Hardware to meet and greet the crowd, give details about the new game and show off the prizes on offer.