We didn’t make it to Sturgis 79 unfortunately, but Rapid City Journal photojournalist Adam Fondren did – for eight days. From midget bowling to the Wall of Death to the Sturgis Hillclimb, Fondren was there.

“This was my first Rally,” writes Fondren. “I didn’t know what to expect. I overextended myself with that much coverage, but the images just kept coming, so I was good with that much work. And full credit to the whole staff at the Journal for making it possible.”

“My biggest impression of the entire event was the openness and kindness of almost everyone I met. As an outsider I was blown away by the bike culture, be it 81’s [Hells Angels] or the dirt bike crowd to welcome me into their world. It was very cool!”

You can see Fondren’s 50 favorite photos here at the Journal.