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79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally: August 2-11, 2019

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79th Sturgis Motorcycle Rally: August 2-11, 2019

From U.S. Census Bureau History: Sturgis, SD, and the 75th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally:

The city of Sturgis, SD, was founded in 1878 by merchants establishing businesses just beyond the gates of Fort Meade—a military outpost established to protect Black Hills mining settlements, particularly the area around Deadwood, SD. Originally named "Scooptown" (a reference to the ease with which businesses "scooped" money from soldiers eager to spend their pay), the settlement was renamed to honor Fort Meade's first commander, General Samuel D. Sturgis and his son James Garland Sturgis, who died at the Battle of the Little Big Horn, alongside Lieutenant Colonel George A. Custer, June 25, 1876. Sturgis became the county seat of Meade County in 1889. More recently, the city has become internationally famous for the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

The annual rally in Sturgis got its start in 1938 when local Indian Motorcycle dealership owner Clarence "Pappy" Hoel and eight other motorcyclists raced one another in front of a small group of spectators on August 14. Except for a brief hiatus during World War II, it attracted a growing number of motorcycle enthusiasts as the rally added races, hill climbs, and concerts. Today, the South Dakota Department of Transportation estimates that 500,000 or more people attend the seven-day event in Sturgis, making it one of the largest motorcycle rallies in the world.

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Key Stats:

Sources: 2018 Population Estimates; 2013-2017 American Community Survey, 5-Year Estimates; 2012 Survey of Business Owners; 2012 Census of Governments and 2010 Demographic Profile.

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More Stats:

From QuickFacts, statistics for all states and counties, and for cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more.

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From Foreign Trade > U.S. International Trade Data:

The Official Source of Trade Statistics (FREE to all users). After you create an account, select options for “State Export Data (Origin of Movement)” or “State Import Data (State of Destination)” by “HS” or “NAICS.” Select “State” and “Measures,” “Commodity,” (search Motorcycles) “Country” and/or “Time” for data. For more information, see Quick Start Guide.

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Total U.S. Exports (Origin of Movement), Top 25 6-digit HS Commodities Based on 2018 Dollar Value:

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Source: 2016 County Business Patterns.

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