Dodging the RoadkillSturgis, SD — Michael Ballard and Jesse James Dupree have been named Co-Grand Marshals of the City of Sturgis 17th Annual Sturgis Mayor’s Ride during the 79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

Ballard and Dupree are from the Full Throttle Saloon and Pappy Hoel Campgound.

“It’s an iconic ride and it has been growing every year, so this is a real honor” said Ballard.  “And this year is the 20th anniversary of the Full Throttle Saloon, so the timing could not be better.”

Proceeds from the ride benefit local emergency services, supporting the men and women who dedicate so much to the Rally week giving aid and keeping all the attendees safe.

“It’s exciting,” said Dupree.  “To be in our second year as the Official Campground of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and now to serve as the Co-Grand Marshals for such a cornerstone event of the Rally, really brings a lot of what Mike and I have done in Sturgis for the past 20 years full circle.  We’re honored.”

The ride through the Black Hills, led by Sturgis Mayor Carstensen, along with the Rally’s Co-Grand Marshals features a stop at the Crazy Horse Memorial, and will conclude at the State Game Lodge in Custer State Park, with lunch and a presentation with the Mayor.

For more information on the ride and the Grand Marshals, visit

For information, visit Full Throttle Saloon or the Pappy Hoel Campground

The 79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is August 2-11, 2019.