Woman hosts visiting bikers on her front lawn

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STURGIS, S.D. (KEVN) -- Some people stay at hotels when they need a place to sleep, but others turn to camping.

One woman has opened her heart and her lawn to visitors in town for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota.

About 30 tents are sitting in the front and backyard of Nancy Bachand. There, Bachand provides porta-potties, coffee and of course, her lawn, for a fee.

Some people feel uncomfortable having strangers sleep right by their doorstep, but Bachand says she's never felt unsafe.

"I personally have never been scared of any safety," she said. "Number one, we have the police station right across the street. We have really good honest people that do stay here and I have in the last six years, never had a problem. Never."

Some guests prefer tenting because it's cheaper than a hotel, but others like the location, as Bachand's home is just a block away from downtown Sturgis.

"Well, the availability number one. We had heard from some people we met on the road traveling that they told us about this place and we thought convenience being right in town. It'd be perfect," Shawn Thurston said.

Bachand has been doing this for six years, but her children started this operation even earlier.

One guest has been coming every summer for the past 10 years.

Malaquias Lujan says not only can he set up his tent here, but he can also park his bike. He says he likes the area and the hosts.

"Well, the people around here. Then it's nice to get to get in and out of town. Plus, you don't have to worry about parking or nothing like that. You just put your tent up and park right here," Malaquias Lujan said.

But why does Blanchard do it?

"We love it," she said. "We love meeting all the new people. We have people that have been coming back here for years. It's just nice to meet new people."

Bachand says the closeness of her home also allows guests to shop or drink without the worry of getting a DUI. She also says she uses the money she's earned to help pay her property taxes.

Read the original version of this article at blackhillsfox.com.