By Joseph McCain
The Winston County Journal
The Sturgis South Rally returned to Sturgis Aug 15 through Aug. 17 bringing riders and visitors through Winston County especially with
a Ralley Alley Rumble held in downtown Louisville Thursday night and a dinner ride through Louisville on Friday night.
“It was a great turnout especially for the first time Ralley Alley Rumble,” said Linda Skelton, Chamber of Commerce Director. “This is a great economic impact for our community and a fun event as well.”
Organizers estimate about 700 persons enjoyed the Ralley Alley Rumble with Payton Taylor and Jason Miller Band. The Friday night dinner ride also brought several hundred motorcycle riders through Winston County and a stop at Louisville Coliseum for drinks and popsicles. The Mississippi Highway Patrol escorted the riders for the dinner ride through three counties: Oktibbeha, Winston and Choctaw.
“The riders are always complimentary of Winston Countians turning out to cheer on the riders during the dinner ride and enjoy the hospitality of the citizens during the drink and popsicle stop at the coliseum,” said Skelton.
The Sturgis South rally has returned with new life with the first time Thursday night concert in Winston County. Sturgis South went on hiatus after 2010, due to Sturgis officials concerns over insufficient funds to the city for in-kind services provided for the Rally.
“We really look forward to next year and working with Sturgis officals to grow our Thursday night event . We look forward to welcoming the bikers and other visitors’ arrival in our county next year. These events bring a great amount of excitement and enjoyment to the county,” said Skelton.
A fair number of Winston Countians also enjoyed visiting Sturgis during the event and showing support for the return of the bikers’ gathering.
Anthony Jernigan, according to the Starkville Daily News, came to The Rally from Louisville, and he said he enjoyed The Rally, the Dinner Ride, and Ralley Alley Rumble event in Louisville Thursday night
“I was ecstatic to hear the rally was back on, and I’m just telling everybody to come up and enjoy the rally again,”
Jernigan said. “I’m a lifetime rider, so anytime I get the opportunity to participate in a major event going on right here locally, it’s always good to show support.”