The good folk of BC’s Salmon River Farmer’s Institute are worried about Sturgis North.
Last September, CMG reported on Ray Sasserville, who wants to start the optimistically-labelled motorcycle rally in central BC. CMG also noted that some municipal officials in Salmon Arm were ambivalent towards the idea, to say the least.
Now, after a few months of watching bikesploitation reruns of The Wild One and Easy Rider, the good burghers are raising their voices again. Their concern? Members of the Farmer’s Institute told the Salmon Arm Observer that plans to build a campground for the rally on a farm will worsen a local shortage of agricultural land.
One particularly worried retired farmer warned that a lack of farmland could lead to an agricultural future like Asia, where people have to grow carrots on mountainsides. Chilling thoughts, we know.
Call us cynical, but we figure it’s much more likely that the locals continue to be worried about the impact of a spike in tourist traffic and possibly slightly rowdy motorcyclists on the local peace and quiet.
We also bet a lot of those concerns will vanish if there was also a huge influx of tourism money to the local economy.