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Sturgis 2016

The Jackpine Gypsies Motorcycle Club started in 1936, with an official American Motorcycle Association (AMA) charter in 1937. AMA began promoting the racing events; which started the now famous Rally in Sturgis on August 14, 1938. That weekend celebration in 1938 had a lineup of only nine racers and a small audience watching the races.The club owns all the property on which most of our club activities take place. There is approximately 40 acres adjacent to Interstate 90 between Exit 30 and Exit 32, the busiest section of Interstate 90 during the Sturgis Rally. A lighted short track, motocross track, field meet area, hillclimb area, clubhouse, office and state approved concession business are located on these grounds.The Jackpine Gypsies have over 150 members living all over the United States and abroad. The average age of club members is 40. 
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This was our second pass through Sturgis. We left the day before the official start but things were still in full swing.

 

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So Fred and I walked around picking out our new bike.
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And yes there were the women…

 

 

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 My favorite sign.
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In 2015 the reported attendance was over 500,000 because it was the 75th rally.  2016 only had 400,000. Here are some other interesting stats.
OT Traffic Counts 528,676 539,475 604,441 524,656 394,009 459,968 415,367
Attendance 400,000 325,000 633,000 525,250 442,163 466,769 416,727
Marriage Licenses Issued 179 126 197 109 62 74 59
Vendors (in Sturgis) 243 941 943 901 696 761 727
Vendors (in Meade County) 307 103 187 287 207 261 228
Rally Related Deaths N/A 11 10 6 6 9 4
Taxable Sales / Temp Vendors 3 Mill 11 Mill 14.3 Mill 14.9 Mill 10.1 Mill 11.4 Mill 10.3 Mill
SD State Sales Tax collected N/A 177,000 573,000 596,246 404,591 456,986 411,466
Sturgis City Sales Tax Collected 59,000 221,187 286,000 268,711 202,295 228,493 205,733
SD Dept of Tourism Tax Collected N/A N/A 143,000 148,060 150,506 170,191 150,403
Tons of garbage hauled 408.88 568 769.55 795.18 564.83 583.16 511.79
Mt Rushmore Motorcycle Count: 76,603 55,491 62,798 78,469 67,130 55,556
Other Info: 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2011
Parking Tickets 164 359 184 179 209 221 273 324 303 188 167
Felony Drug Arrest 58 56 9 8 8 16 17 3 4 5 4
Misdemeanor Drug Arrests 431 307 92 111 84 97 110 61 57 84 51
Arrests for Non-Traffic Violations 294 264 193 250 230 248 258 161 147 319 175
Traffic Violations (Sturgis) 329 500 132 149 172 145 115 167 143 153 165
Jailed 122 111 126 140 374 405 448 443 460 437 400
Calls for Service – Meade Co. Sheriff 1204 1150 1989 1119 1228 1441 1197 1217 1386 1248 910
Hospital Emergency Room Visits 326 390 275 292 334 340 317 448 289 370 275
And yes there was an Elks!
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 Next up…The Mission.

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