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Page 14, August 2017 Hill City rolls out the red carpet By Carol Walker When the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally rolls around, Hill City not only shuts off Main Street to all traffic except motorcy- cles to accommodate bikers, but the red carpet is rolled out from many directions. Many of the activities have been long- standing in Hill City, and most of them are associated with food. The Hill City Senior Center for the 20th year in a row offers a biker breakfast all week from Sat- urday, Aug. 5, all the way through Satur- day, Aug. 12, 7:30 to 11 a.m. every morning. They offer an all-you-can-eat spread of eggs, bacon, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, orange juice and coffee. The 40 volunteers who make breakfast happen all week serve an average of about 2,200 each year, with the record year being 2015 when 2,764 meals were served. “We have a lot of returning bikers, and they are all so nice,” said Candy Hughes, senior center director, who is retiring at the end of August. Stepping in to fill her shoes this fall will be Kris Pennel. At Three Forks there is another long- standing option for breakfast and lunch. Jay Hendrickson, a Lions Club member, said members of the group will be under the tent ready to serve up a hot breakfast that will include all-you-can-eat-pan- cakes, eggs, sausage, juice and coffee. For someone with a smaller appetite, there is “Jay’s Sandwich,” which is eggs and ham or sausage in an English muffin. “Breakfast is served from 7-11 a.m. and then from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. We will serve up buffalo burgers. The money from this goes to eye-related services for peo- ple and also scholarships for high school students,” said Hendrickson. Once a biker is done with breakfast or lunch, they can move right on to the next tent which houses Pete’s Bike Wash. This is the 16th year for Pete Stach to set up a bike wash to raise money for the local Boys and Girls Club of the Black Hills and the high school. Stach typically enlists college girls, this year from Rapid City, Chadron and Gillette, to wash and detail the bikes, and he provides a place for the girls to stay and food to eat during the week. Bikers are typically very generous with tip money for the girls, who use it for college expenses. Stach’s granddaughter began helping him when she was five years old, and she is still with him at 21. Stach used to borrow the hospital pres- sure washer to clean the bikes, and the process was pretty labor-intensive until about 10 years ago when Jeff Schutz from Alexandria, Minn., offered to make the process much easier