There are still rooms and camping spots available for the 76th Sturgis Rally. They aren’t cheap but they don’t seem to be any more expensive than they always are.
At least 29 hotels and motels in Rapid City still have rooms available. Ypu can get a room with a queen sized bed at the Comfort Inn for $278 a might, which works out to about $2400 for the week – if Sturgis means that much to you. The Country Inn and Suites wants $224 a night and the Fairfield Inn wants $265.
If you are willing to camp, the Iron Horse Campground is charging $100 for the entire rally. You can tent camp at the Buffalo Chip for $400 for the week. Cabins at the Full Throttle Saloon are sold out but tent camping is still available for $225 per person for the week.
A reported 739,000 people attended last year’s Sturgis Rally. Apparently that was the largest rally ever. The previous peak attendance was 633,000 in 2000
The Sturgis Rally was started by an Indian Motorcycle Manufacturing Company dealer in Sturgis, South Dakota named Clarence “Pappy” Hoel. Hoel formed the Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club in 1936. The first Black Hills Rally was held on August 14, 1938. The rally was suspended in 1942 and 1943 due to gasoline rationing. This year’s rally will be held from August 8 through August 14.
For the last couple of years Harley-Davidson has been the official motorcycle of the rally. About 442,000 attended the rally two years ago. Official attendance reflects the number of people who visited the rally in downtown Sturgis at least once.
The rally is an important feature of the economies of South Dakota and Wyoming as well as motel and restaurant owners located on interstate highways throughout the western United States. The city of Sturgis, with a population of about 6,900 makes about $1.5 million from the rally each year.
The official sponsor of the rally is non-profit Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Inc. According to a court filing two years ago, the corporation uses revenue generated from the rally, “to the betterment of the Sturgis community, such as by making contributions to over 90 different causes and organizations, including the Meade County summer school program, Salvation Army’s food cupboard, Sturgis Arts Council, Sturgis Jaycees, Sturgis Little League, Sturgis Police Department D.A.R.E. program, Sturgis Volunteer Fire Department, Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity, Crisis Intervention Shelter, special projects of the City of Sturgis, and Girl Scouts of the USA.”