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STURGIS CROWDS PREDICTED TO BE SMALLER THIS YEAR

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Officials are expecting a smaller and quieter Sturgis Motorcycle Rally this year, one year after the 75th annual event attracted record crowds.

The 76th rally in western South Dakota’s Black Hills is August 8th-14th.

The biggest indicator of a potential big drop in attendance is an abundance of still-available motel rooms and campground spaces.

A record 739,000 people attended last year’s landmark event, up 67 percent from 2014.

Rally Director Jerry Cole says this year’s event is likely to be an average rally – but that would still mean half a million people.

Vendors have already started setting up shop.

AP