City of Sturgis in the midst of rally transformation - KOTA Territory News

City of Sturgis in the midst of rally transformation


The official start to the 2013 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is just under three weeks away.

Now, the city of Sturgis is racing to undergo the transformation from quiet small town America, to rally central.

The town of six thousand transforms to handle hundreds of thousands of motorcycles.

"The work load is excessive," says Dave Wilson, Owner, Auctioneer, and Real Estate Broker in Sturgis.
Ask anyone who works here how much work they do to get ready for rally, and you'll get the same answer.
"We got a lot of stuff to do," says Billy Taylor with Biker's Den.
"We'll be opening with sawdust on the floor but we'll be open," says Darrin Seever with The Bank Saloon.
Places like the Sturgis Swap Meet still have plenty of work to do.
"When the circus comes to town we have to have all of our stuff out and present it for everybody," says Randy White with the Swap Meet.
The Bank Saloon is in the same boat.
"We gotta set up the full kitchen yet, we're in the process of doing that now so we can get the kitchen up and running. That'll take a good five or six days," says Seever.
And the Bikers Den.

"We got a giant Penske truck out back with boxes to the ceiling. We got a lot of work," says Taylor.

And some vendor space has yet to be transformed.
"We got quite a bit of work cut out for us here and just less than 10 days to complete this project," says Wilson.
Dave Wilson handles several vendor spaces and says the weather last weekend put the brakes on some projects.
"First thing was the roof was completely shot. The heavy rain on Saturday did extensive damage to the building," says Wilson.
Even though they're behind, they're confident they'll be ready in time for the crowds.
"The city as a whole is coming along, there are a lot of last minute projects that are being done," says Wilson.
"It's a little scary I'm telling ya but we usually pull it off," says Seever.
Because in just two short weeks, Sturgis will be...

"Full. Full of people. Hot waitresses and bartenders and rocking and rollin!" says Seever.
The official dates of this years rally are August 5th through the 11th.

But Wilson says by the end of next week most of the vendors, shops, and food stands will be open and ready for crowds.

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