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Sturgis Motorcycle Rally draws 250,000

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STURGIS, SD (WKOW) -- A quarter of a million people descended on Sturgis, South Dakota Saturday for the 80th annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, the largest public gathering since the start of the pandemic.

Total coronavirus cases are low, but rising in South Dakota.

A city survey of Sturgis residents found 60 percent wanted the rally canceled.

The city council allowed it, with fewer official events -- but no mask requirement.

The city of Sturgis says it provided sanitation stations for the event.

The mayor asked participants to at least try to social distance.

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