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Sturgis Raises 2013 Vendor Fees by $50

Vendor fees for this year’s event, which is scheduled for Aug. 5-11, will be $700. In 2014, a new system will charge vendors a flat fee, as well as a per-square-foot fee.

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The city of Sturgis, S.D., is raising vendor fees for its annual motorcycle rally, with plans for a new system entirely next year. Vendor fees this year will be $700 – a $50 hike over last year.

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"The change would be based on a flat fee for every vendor on every location, and then a per-square-foot fee [in 2014]," said city manager Daniel Ainslie. 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.

David Wilson, owner of Sturgis Real Estate and Promotions, told a local television station that 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.

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The 2013 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is scheduled for Aug. 5-11.

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