Sturgis is a HUGE rockin’ rally full of bikers who attend, and businesses and people on hand to serve the refreshments. Have you ever wondered about the back-story of the workers at Sturgis that are there for more than just the party? Here is a little info on a couple gals who decided to pack up and head to Sturgis last August to work at the Full Throttle Saloon. Their experiences behind the bar, plus lots of other on-stage, backstage and party central drama is coming to life on-screen on TruTV. The first episode aired Wednesday night the 30th, and according to Margie Haverland, there will be plenty of action in this season of Full Throttle Saloon.
Here is the story from their hometown paper that really explains it all:
Most people wouldn’t consider the idea of taking two weeks of vacation from work just so they can go to another job.
But that’s exactly what a pair of bartenders from the Sandtrap Sports Bar did this past August.
Margie Haverland and Lindsey Bennett spent two weeks as bartenders at the Full Throttle Saloon as part of the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.
The duo got the idea of going up to the rally from the reality series about the bar — and its work during the rally — that airs on TruTV. The series will debut its new season, featuring this year’s events, at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
It was the TV show that inspired the two girls to apply to work at the bar during the famous motorcycle event.
“I didn’t know anything about the bike scene,” Haverland said. “Lindsey and I would watch the show together while at work, and we talked about wouldn’t it be fun to work there.
“So we got our pictures and resume together and sent it in. She got hired first, and a little later, I got called.”
The show chronicles the goings on as the bar sets up several locations to serve the thousands of people who converge on the small town for a week-long celebration of motorcycles. The female bartending staff are not only charged with serving drinks, but entertain guests, including taking pictures with visitors.
“Some nights it felt like all I was doing was taking pictures,” Bennett said. “I think I smiled eight hours straight. I have never taken that many pictures.”
While the women worked, they were shadowed by camera crews, doing interviews about what was happening in and around them. They both said it was a little strange to begin with, but after a while it had became second nature having cameras constantly in their face.
“I was at the Underbridge bar, right by the stage where they did the midget wrestling shows, and a lot of the motorcycles would be down there,” she said. “But I got there to start, and the bar wasn’t built. They were still hanging electrical and there was no water hooked up yet. I was talking to the boss, Mike Ballard, and was all dressed and ready to go for five hours, and the bar itself was not set up.”
The experience was different for Bennett, who was shifted to various locations throughout her stay.
“I didn’t have any drama,” she said. “Everything with me was smooth. No crazy, dramatic scenes. Everyone was really chill.”
It’s one thing that both agree upon, the people at the event were all cordial, having a good time not looking to cause trouble.
Haverland came home after 10 days because she was home sick, and made enough money to pay for her trip. Bennett stayed the entire two-week schedule and made a little more than she put into the trip.
But most of all, they came home with good vacation stories.
“I got to meet a lot of neat people, and the film crew and a lot of neat bikes,” Haverland said.
“Everyone was super nice, and in a good mood,” Bennett said. “There were never any fights. You cculd tell people were on vacation. I got to meet people from all over the country, and I’m still friends with three of the other bartenders.”