Meade County reduces fees for Sturgis rally vendor permits

Publish Date: 
Oct 5, 2012

STURGIS, S.D. - Vendors may be able to obtain lower permit fees for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, thanks to a decision made this week by Meade County officials.

County Commissioners voted Oct. 3 to lower the cost of vendor permits during the annual rally and to make online registration available. The fee reduction will come in the form of a 10 percent discount to vendors who reserve their permits online at least 30 days in advance of the rally. The discounted fee will be $360.

The news cheered some rally hosts.

“All we have heard for a long time is how governments raise fees and put more restrictions on vendors every year,” said Buffalo Chip owner Rod Woodruff. “Meade County has said it is pro-business and has demonstrated that commitment by taking the unprecedented measure of making it easier and less expensive to do rally business.

"This will help all the high quality brands that choose to do business at the Buffalo Chip," Woodruff said.  "This will also improve the bottom line for all rally vendors in the County. It’s an impressive gesture and is certainly appreciated. ”

Posted by Holly Wagner