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Some Sturgis Rally bikers getting an early start

SIOUX FALLS (AP) -- The annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in western South Dakota doesn't begin for another week, but some bikers already have embarked on their journey to the Black Hills.

Dale Abbott, who has traveled from Indiana to South Dakota, told KELO-TV in Sioux Falls that he is going to Sturgis for the first time.

"I've heard during the week is really crazy, so we want to go pre-week and see what it is like and go out and visit Mount Rushmore and some other places around here," he said.

The rally, which is in its 73rd year, draws hundreds of thousands of people to western South Dakota annually. Businesses in the eastern part of the state benefit, as well.

"We're still getting some of the same customers coming back that we saw 30, 35 years ago," said Jim Entenman with J&L Harley Davidson in Sioux Falls. "It is really pretty cool."

The rally runs from Aug. 5-11.