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2015 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally Attendance

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75th Sturgis Motorcycle RallyThe City of Sturgis has received data from sources that are traditionally used to calculate the official attendance estimate for the 2015 Sturgis® Motorcycle Rally™.  

The official estimate for attendees in 2015 was 739,000.  This number is based on previous comparisons for tons of garbage hauled within the City, Department of Transportation vehicle counts, Mount Rushmore traffic counts, SD Sales tax collections, Sanitation fees collected and Main Street photo counts.

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Traffic Numbers Released for the 2015 Official Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

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Traffic for the Official Rally Dates was up 30.7% from 2014.  2014 Traffic entering Sturgis at the 8 locations was 390,693.  Traffic entering for 2015 at the 8 locations was 510,749.   The 60th Rally in 2000 was the highest traffic entering Sturgis for the 7 official Rally dates with 604,441 total vehicles. 2015 was the highest total traffic entering Sturgis since 2005 when the total was 524,656.

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2015 Sturgis Rally Totals and Associated cost

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Garbage: 764.79 tons of garbage were processed during the 2015 Rally in comparison to 538.72 Tons during the 2014 Rally an increase of roughly 41.96%. Of the 764.79 tons of garbage processed 16.99 were recyclables, that were either processed at City Facilities or hauled to Rapid City for Processing (mostly cardboard). Below are garbage stats form previous years for comparison. (these figures do not include any refuse collected from Kickstart, Thunderdome or Meade 46-1 facilities that were annexed immediately prior to the 75th Rally)

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