Sturgis North may have run into an obstacle it can’t overcome – noise bylaws.
In spite of months of opposition, organizers for the motorcycle rally have pressed on to their goal of running the festival in Salmon Arm, B.C. this July. According to the Observer newspaper, they recently scraped up $40,000 for town council to cover police costs for the event, but now face another hurdle; council thinks the festival’s overflow campground, for RVers and vendors, may be too noisy.
Motorcycle noise problems seem to be grabbing headlines across Canada this summer, so it may be tough for the organizers to work their way through this issue. Some of the town’s citizens seem dead-set against the festival, and now they may have the weapon they need to fight it. Still, for now, the rally is running as planned.
Whether or not the noise bylaw mess gets sorted out, we still haven’t heard the organizers’ plans for dealing with trademark issues either. The original South Dakota-based Sturgis rally recently slapped down a Kentucky festival in a lawsuit for calling themselves Little Sturgis – a judge ruled the Kentucky festival had to change their name.
If the B.C. biker bash ever actually happens, we can’t see the original South Dakota festival’s organizers being too happy with the ongoing use of it’s name, which is now a federally protected trademark in the U.S.
You’ve got to hand it to the Canadian organizers, though; they sure aren’t giving up easily.