Rally likely had small increase in attendance

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — Western South Dakota’s famed motorcycle rally in Sturgis is likely seeing a small uptick in attendance this year.

This year’s 10-day motorcycle rally wrapped up Sunday. The rally has been held annually for the past 79 years.

Figures released by the South Dakota Department of Public Safety show a slight overall increase in vehicles entering Sturgis through midweek.

The Rapid City Journal reports that more drunken driving, drug, traffic and other arrests point to increased attendance from last year’s estimate of 495,000.

The final traffic count won’t be available until next week.