Teri Schmidt of the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau says the CVB and several businesses will welcome thousands of bikers as they travel through the city on their way to the 2013 Sturgis Motorcycle rally.

Teri says the welcome celebration will be held on Friday at the Valley Springs rest stop/information center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Aside from refreshments, each biker will be given a Sioux Falls t-shirt!

"It's such a fun opportunity for us," says Teri Schmidt!   "We encourage them to  drop off in Sioux Falls either now or on their way back home.  The bikers love our welcome!  Some of them have seen us out there for years.  For those who have never seen us, they are very pleasantly surprised and tell us they have never seen anything like this in the country."