Bikers, Officials Say This Year’s 75th Sturgis Rally is Huge
STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - It'll take some time before official attendance numbers for the landmark 75th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally are in, but bikers and officials say it's one of the largest rallies they've ever seen in the small western South Dakota town.
Attendance projections for this year's rally, which runs through Sunday, breached 1 million people. That would be a big jump from the record 633,000 people who flooded Sturgis for the 60th anniversary in 2000.
State and local officials say they've seen heavier traffic, higher vehicle counts and more fatal accidents this year.
Sturgis police Chief Jim Bush has staffed nearly 40 rallies. He says this is either the biggest or "darn close to the biggest" event the town has seen.
Bret Brower of Ellensburg, Washington, says the bikes and traffic are "insane."