Sturgis City Council seeking input on holding rally

STURGIS, S.D. (KBHB) – For more than a month, the Sturgis City Council has been seeking input from a variety of sources on whether the City of Sturgis should host the 80th Anniversary City of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

City leaders say the decision is incredibly complex as it has a multitude of impacts within Sturgis and throughout Western South Dakota.

One of the data points included a survey of residents within the City of Sturgis. In total, 3,290 surveys were mailed to the resident addresses used by the 2020 Census. The survey results included the following:

1,816 surveys returned (55.2%)

1,144 responses indicated that they would like the event to be postponed (62.9%)

672 responses indicated that they would like the event to proceed (37.0%)

7 responses included notes stating that they did not care either way (0.4%)

Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie says they will continue data over the next two weeks in order to make the wisest choice possible.

Ainslie says regardless whether or not the city is hosting an official rally, rally enthusiasts and tourist will still come.

The Council has set a public meeting for June 8 to discuss the potential of the 2020 City of Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and will make a final determination on June 15, 2020.