Bikers And Businesses Packing Up After Rally

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Sunday marked the official last day of the 77th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Though last year’s rally didn’t bring as many people as the 75th rally, the numbers show attendance was a little higher compared to last year.

“We had as many, I think, coming in and buying. They certainly weren’t afraid to spend their money, so they did really good for us. We had a really good turnout,” Jill Roache, employee at Knuckle Trading Post, said.

It’s hard to believe that the streets were overflowing with motorcycles Sunday. Now businesses are cleaning up after the 10-day rally event.

“We start fresh at 8:00 in the morning and on until at least 10:00 at night and we stayed very consistently busy,” Roache said.

Looking down the streets in Sturgis, you’ll notice there are a lot more cars than motorcycles on the road. Though the rally ended Sunday, you’ll still find bikers in town.

“It’s kind of weird because there’s like nobody around, so it’s definitely a change, but you don’t have to wait in line for anything so that’s good,” Melissa Ingalls from Wyoming said.

Larry Greicar has been coming to the rally since 1975. Lately, he’s been coming the week before it officially starts.

“We’ve been doing that for four years now and the week before was like last year, but the 75th had a lot more people the week before,” Greicar said.

Yet no matter what the crowds are like during rally week, it’s not stopping Greicar and others from coming back.

“Yes, we’ve already got reservations at the Super 8 for next year,” Greicar said.

“Absolutely, we’ll be here,” Ingalls said.

This year during the rally, there were a total of eight deadly crashes. That’s up from three in 2016. 

A Highway Patrol Captain says despite those accidents, this year’s rally ran smoothly from the patrol’s perspective.




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