The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally had fewer vendors this year but still pulled in more taxes from rallygoers than in 2016, says the Department of Revenue:
To date, the South Dakota Department of Revenue has collected $1.26 million in taxes from temporary vendors at the 2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The state sales tax accounts for the majority of collections with $715,757. At this time last year, the Department of Revenue collected $1.19 million in taxes with $674,660 in state sales tax.
While tax revenue increased in 2017, the number of vendors in the Black Hills area decreased. The 2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally featured 1,050 vendors–down from last year’s tally of 1,153 [SD Department of Revenue, press release, 2017.09.01].
That’s a 5.9% increase in tax receipts from 4.5% more visitors:
Kristi Sandal, spokesperson for the state DOT, said counters at nine locations around Sturgis show that 376,033 vehicles entered Sturgis as compared with 359,814 in 2016 for the seven-day period from Aug. 4 through Aug. 11.
Sandal said that only Tuesday traffic was down slightly from the year previous, but all other days were up from 3.8 percent on Wednesday to 11.3 percent on Friday, Aug. 4, the first official day of the rally [staff, “2017 Rally Quiet, Cool, Calm,” Rapid City Journal, 2017.08.14].