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Motorcycles crowd Main Street in Sturgis Wednesday.
Photo by Gary Matthews
Motorcycles crowd Main Street in Sturgis Wednesday.
Opening weekend of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally slightly larger than last year
Gary Matthews - August 9, 2017

STURGIS, S.D. – It’s early, but indications are this year’s rally is a little bit bigger than last year.

According to preliminary data from the South Dakota Department of Transportation, there was a 6-percent increase in vehicles traveling the roads into Sturgis over the first weekend.

The D-O-T has counters at nine locations around Sturgis, and says the first weekend saw 215,835 vehicles coming into town. That compares to 203,334 vehicles the first weekend in 2016.

The D-O-T is also gathering traffic numbers on Fort Meade Way this year.

The city of Sturgis says their numbers also show this year’s rally to be a bit bigger than 2016.

Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie says year-to-date garbage statistics show that tonnage of garbage collected is up about 7-percent over last year.



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