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Sturgis rally to implement new vendor fee system

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STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - Some Sturgis Motorcycle Rally vendors are unhappy with new fees being phased in.

KOTA television reports that vendor fees this year will increase $50 this year to $700.

Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie says a new system next year would charge a flat fee for every vendor at every location and then a per-square-foot fee. For large vendors, that could result in an increase of $1,800.

Ainslie says the system tries to provide equity among smaller and larger vendors.

Sturgis Real Estate and Promotions owner David Wilson says 30% of vendor space is empty, and the fee will be 1 of the biggest economic disasters to ever hit the rally.

Sturgis Photo and Gift Shop owner Bob Davis, a former vendor, says Sturgis has too many regulations.


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