What to know for Sturgis South Motorcycle Rally


The Starkville Police Department shared maps on Monday to detail the route for those participating in the 2017 Sturgis South Motorcycle Rally on Friday and other emergency officials are doing their part to make sure the event runs safely.

Oktibbeha County EMA/911 also says their is a chance of some thunderstorms this weekend and provided information on its setup throughout the weekend.

"Each year we take our Mobile Command trailer to Sturgis to assist the Sturgis Rally Staff and local law enforcement with radio communications and situation awareness during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally," said EMA Director Kristen Campanella. "We have been working very closely with the Rally Staff and Mayor Blankenship from the Town of Sturgis to be sure we are meeting their needs as far as communications and weather monitoring."

With the assistance and coordination with the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency, Mississippi Wireless Communication Commission, and the National Weather Service in Jackson, Oktibbeha County EMA has been assigned a special event channel on the MSWIN system to ensure continuous direct communications with local and state agencies for situation awareness starting on Thursday and ending on Sunday morning.

"Due to the number of people that attend this event and how the events take place outdoors, we want to remind everyone to be weather aware since there is a chance of thunderstorms expected and the heat index values are expected as high as 105 temperatures," Campanella said. "We would like toask that everyone be aware of your surroundings for moving vehicles throughout the area and take precautions to reduce sunburns, insect bites and dehydration."

Emergency officials plan to have the expected forecast and temperatures posted outside the Command Trailer each day. In the event of severe weather, emergency officials will immediately notify all rally staff personnel and local first responders so they can relay information to attendees during events.

Additionally, there is an outdoor warning siren located within the Town of Sturgis. In the event of a tornado warning for that area, the siren will be activated.

There is also a “Dinner Ride” scheduled for Friday, Aug. 18. Lineup for the "Dinner Ride" begins around 3:30 p.m. in Sturgis.

This ride will leave Sturgis around 4 p.m. and make a path through Starkville, Louisville and Ackerman before making its way back to Sturgis.