An event that brings thousands of tourists to a small South Dakota city is about to begin
Some 60% of Sturgis residents, when surveyed, told the city they’d rather the event not proceed as scheduled this year.
But city manager Daniel Ainslie, who expects attendance to be lower this year than in previous ones, said the city council had already heard from thousands who were planning on making the trip and had little choice but to prepare for the crowds.
“As a city, there’s nothing we could do, we’re not able to put up roadblocks and say, ‘You can’t come in,'” he said. “And it was quite obvious that we were going to have a lot of people here, even if we didn’t call it the rally. The issue is if we did not officially sanction it as a rally, then we would not be able to prepare for it.”
‘My grandma is absolutely terrified’
The event, which began as a small gathering of enthusiasts…