83rd Sturgis Motorcycle Rally a “quiet” one

"It’s just different times, maybe people don’t have the money to spend like they used to."
Published: Aug. 11, 2023 at 7:39 PM MDT
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - As the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally winds down just, with just the weekend remaining, law enforcement looks back at the week.

Several law enforcement agencies said calls for service are up about 200 compared to last year, but overall still in line with an average Rally.

Law enforcement also said they have seen attendees already heading back home since Thursday, Aug. 11.

Meade County Sheriff, Pat West said this is not the type of rally we would have seen in years past.

”I just don’t think the rally is as much attended as it was 10 years ago. To be honest, I don’t know, I’ve seen it when it’s locked on both directions on the interstate, but it’s just different times maybe people don’t have the money to spend like they used to,” West said.

West says regardless of the rally size, they have already started planning for the 84th Sturgis Rally and extra law enforcement hiring and training process will start around February of next year.