Little Sturgis Kentucky Rally Out of Gas

(editor's note*  There is a new rally at the Union County Fairgrounds on the same weekend as Little Sturgis.  For more info, visit www.kentuckybikefest.com)

The economy has done what the lawyers could not.

It's put the brakes on the Little Sturgis Rally and Races.

Featured on national television shows and in every major motorcycle magazine in the USA, Little Sturgis was, at one time the largest outdoor display of flesh and motorcycle eye candy in the Southeastern USA.

It was so popular, the Chamber of Commerce of South Dakota sued the Chamber of  Sturgis Kentucky claiming the small town was stealing it's name.

Citing a drop in attendance and a huge operating loss in 2010, the Sturgis Kentucky Chamber voted today not to hold the 2011 rally, according to a well placed source.

The Chamber issued a press release that stated; "Due to various circumstances, the Board of Directors of the Little Sturgis Rally and Races for Charity, Inc cancelled its annual fundraising motorcycle event that was to be held July 14th-17th, 2011 in Sturgis KY.  The Board of Directors thanks all the volunteers and participants over the past eighteen years that made it possible to raise over $2 million dollars for various charities and educational entities."

(added 5:30pm) According to a report in the local paper, Board Secretary Lisa Jones said that the economy and the ongoing lawsuit with Sturgis South Dakota over the use of the name "Sturgis" is the reason the rally is taking a "sabbatical" and that it may return in the future.  Both sides in the lawsuit have filed a motion to have the 2008 suit dismissed but that the suit is a "cloud" hanging over the Sturgis Kentucky chamber.

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  9. I've been e-mailing complaints to Little Sturgis Rally for years about how it was run. First of all, it was run in a dry county & didn't tell you that on their website. First-timers didn't know this, & arrived assuming they had beer stands at the rally. Then when they discovered "no beer", they left & went to the next county to buy booze, & wait in at least 3 hrs of traffic to get back in. Some motorists, in all that waiting, were getting pretty thirsty & started drinking, then got nailed with DUI – revenue enhancement for local law enforcement! Not to mention what become of their abandoned campsite. Second, motorcycles are the only vehicles allowed to leave the grounds & return, or you would be forced to park in the field by the gate & have to walk & carry stuff to your campsite. They didn't tell you that ahead of time either. That event was a case of "You won't know the rules until you break them!" Yes, both happened to me! That's why I quit going. It was a joke for first-timers!!

  10. The rally's suck, I quit going to rally's last year. Too much trailer trash, cost to much, bands suck, and its not one rally its all. If you want to enjoy SD Sturgis go there 2-3 weeks before the rally still alot of bikes and not as expensive. Little Sturgis used to be the best have been 10 years straight until last year. Quit going because of all the trailer trash It turned in to a a week RV camp out and party. Its the age old story they want our money then they run us out of town. Bikers have been run out of our own rally's by lawyers. If you want to enjoy motorcycle rally's catch them when they are small before the grow up and the lawyers and chamber of commerce take over. There are still a few out there. I would tell you where they are at but that would make the rally bigger and you lawyers reading this would start coming and take it over and by the way Nice Trailer P_ _ _ _ _.

  11. the same thing is happeneing here in East Tennessee at the Bristol track………….GREED, they're expecting less than 50,000 now, from 166,000

    you nreap what you sow………..

  12. I agree with Tony, last year sucked anyway. I've been going for 16 yrs and it was good in the day. Then the punks who never did a burnout before got liquored up and ran over people causing lawsuits and rising insurance cost. Some drunk fell off the wagon and sued the rally and won couple years ago. I doubt he even owned a bike. They stopped the burnouts, they even told women last year to put their tops back on, give me a break! Don't know if the increase in RV fees was greed, or a way to keep some out. I miss the old days when real bikers roamed the Rallies and highways in this country. As far as Sturgis SD Rally goes…the Yuppies and RUBS can have it!

  13. all the rallys are about money now. get rid of the trailor trash that don't really ride, and the rallys will go back to what tey are supposed to be. motorcycle rallys.
    i can remember going to a rally and the only people driving were there as support vehicles.
    now you get a bunch of wanna be's that own bikes. not ride them. and tourist. that want to go because they can act like idiots. glad to see these money hungury fools fo down in flames. now if we can just get rid of the reason behind rallys that have gone over to greed.

  14. Anytime the lawyers get involved the money will end up in their pockets. One Chamber of Commerce suing another because Little Sturgis is supposedly stealing Sturgis SD's thunder? What a load of bs. It's about the greedy types thinking they can get just a little more. Then, in swoop the lawyers.

  15. B/S, I didn't mind the 40 bucks – the food was not bad. I think the extended days last year distended their small volunteer pool and they ran dry on helper-bees. I wanted to go again this year with several friends. Hope they can swing in again.

  16. They can blame the economy for the downturn in attendance, but they really should blame themselves. The jump from $20 per person and support vehicle to $40 per each and then having to pack in or buy food, fuel, etc have made it an expensive primitive camping experience. Also, they have competition only 20 miles away in Shawneetown, IL with lower entry fees.

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