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Meade County Votes To Allow Buffalo Chip Election In May

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) — A campground in western South Dakota that houses a hoard of visitors during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally may soon be the state’s newest town.

Meade County commissioners voted Friday to accept an incorporation petition for the Buffalo Chip Campground. The vote triggers a May 7 election where the area’s 50 registered voters could choose to make the campground an official town.

Buffalo Chip attorney Kent Hagg filed the petition on behalf of the campground. Hagg says incorporating the area into a town would lead to economic development.

Meade County Commissioner Alan Aker say it’s possible Sturgis official sue to try and block the incorporation.

Sturgis City Manager Daniel Ainslie says the city still has concerns about jurisdiction. Officials have maintained that the campground is within the 3-mile jurisdiction of Sturgis.