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Published August 15, 2011, 01:20 PM

Officials say Sturgis attendance likely down

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - Officials say attendance at the 2011 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally that ended Sunday was likely down from last year's 70th anniversary event.

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - Officials say attendance at the 2011 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally that ended Sunday was likely down from last year's 70th anniversary event.

But rally officials and vendors tell the Rapid City Journal (http://bit.ly/nDp2hm) that the drop is probably no more than usual for a year after a big anniversary.

Official crowd estimates will be released later this month after the city of Sturgis receives vendor sales tax revenue figures from the state Department of Revenue. But some indicators showed decreases from last year.

Traffic counts into and out of Sturgis by the State Department of Transportation were down nearly 12 percent through Thursday and reservations for campgrounds and hotel and motel rooms booked by Black Hills Central Reservations were down about 6 percent.

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