Judge Rules Buffalo Chip Of Sturgis Fame Shouldn’t Be A Town


A South Dakota judge has ruled that the Buffalo Chip Campground of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally fame shouldn’t be a town after all.

The Rapid City Journal reports that Circuit Court Judge Jerome Eckrich ruled Friday in part that procedures the Meade County Commission followed when it approved Buffalo Chip’s petition to become a municipality violated state law.

County commissioners decided to allow the campground near Sturgis to move forward in its bid to become a town. Voters confirmed it in an election.

The city of Sturgis, part of an appeal filed after the county decision, says the ruling abolishes Buffalo Chip’s position as a municipality.

Kent Hagg is an attorney for the city of Buffalo Chip. He says the decision will be appealed to the state Supreme Court.

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