Instead of looking at this as if it belongs only to the Rally, consider it as the closing ceremony of the ANNUAL meeting of the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America.
"Recognition" goes beyond the rally itself. This is where we give out Life-Time awards, Exemplary Service Awards, and the like. Take time to look around you, and listen carefully - - some of these people on the stage are the ones who built the club and made it what it is today.
Another facet that involves a large portion of time are the door prizes themselves. Frequently the donors of those LARGE door prizes - - those vendors, who so generously support our rally, our club, and our members - - want their 3 minutes of stage and microphone time. Now, multiply that times the 8 (or so) major awards, and that can take nearly a half-hour right there.
So come to the awards ceremony. Bring a beverage and sit with your buddies. LISTEN and applaud for those who deserve our thanks and our recognition. We are a class-act. When it's time to say thank you, let's do it right.