Sturgis community gives emotional public comments as Rally council vote approaches
STURGIS, S.D. — Monday night was an emotional night at Sturgis City Hall as residents and business owners, some brought to tears, told the city council whether they want the Motorcycle Rally held in August or to have it canceled or postponed.
City leaders have spent the past few weeks talking with local and state health agencies, campground owners, law enforcement and tourism officials; all with an interest in the Rally.
During Monday night’s public comments, more people who spoke want the Rally to go on as scheduled.
“I’m bringing with my brother, John, the world’s largest American flag in the world and we’re bringing it here to celebrate. If you cancel this event, it jeopardizes us from doing that.”
“As a year round business, I ask of you to strongly consider the fact that this will effect our employment abilities or who we employ at our dealership year around.”
“What’s the price of human life? I’ve heard a lot businesses say ‘you know we’re gonna lose money?’. “What about the lives that we may lose?”
The city council will make the final decision on whether the Rally will be held in August on Monday, June 15.