STURGIS, S.D. – The city of Sturgis is raising vendor fees for the annual rally, with plans for further changes next year. Vendor fees this year will be $700 – a $50 hike over last year. Then for 2014 the city plans to launch a new system.
"The change would be based on a flat fee for every vendor on every location, and then a per-square-foot fee," city manager Daniel Ainslie told KOTA. Under that system, the fee could increase as much as $1,800 for large vendors.
Bob Davis, owner of Sturgis Photo and Gift Shop and a former vendor, estimates vendor participation is down 25 percent over the last seven years. He blames fees and regulations.
David Wilson, owner of Sturgis Real Estate and Promotions, told the station plans are in the works for a large rally attraction outside of Sturgis that would offer lower vendor fees. "This fee will be one of the biggest economic disasters to ever hit the Sturgis rally," he said.
Posted by Holly Wagner