Hick Chick Chat from The Legendary Sturgis Buffalo Chip

Leah GuffeyAudio, Ethanol, Events, Hick Chick Chat, ZimmComm

11326519286_c9a07ae0bf_oLast week I crossed one thing off my bucket list thanks to the Renewable Fuels Association and ZimmComm. I was able to attend and cover the 2014 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota. The Legendary Buffalo Chip opened for the first time in 1981 hosting the Largest Music Festival in Motorcycling (TM) and the Best Party Anywhere (TM) There’s more than 580 acres of creek fed land that hosts the hottest stars, the Budweiser Clydesdales, and 9 days of live music in the amphitheater. There’s more than 25 bars, food and beverage vendors and exhibits.

_DSC0232The facility is owned and operated by one man and his staff, Rod “Woody” Woodford. I had the chance to spend some time with Woody in his office overlooking the land that he just started throwing a party at 33 years before with a few hundred of his closest friends. In this edition of the Hick Chick Chat Woody tells how the Buffalo Chip got started, and where it’s probably headed. I hope you enjoy this inside look at one of the most popular destinations in Sturgis as much as I did learning about it. Woody is one of the most humble and gracious people I have met. He was very accessible and happy to take time out of his busy day to spend time with me. As we were looking out the window I asked him off mic if he ever thought he’d be looking out across the grounds and see it as full as it is today. He replied, “We always just hoped we’d have a window to look out.”

You can listen to my chat here: [wpaudio url=”http://www.zimmcomm.biz/podcast/hickchickchat-14-sturgis-woody.mp3″ text=”Hick Chick Chat with Rod (Woody) Woodford”]

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