2024 International Tour

Hi Dodge Brothers Club friends:

2024 DODGE BROTHERS CLUB MID-AMERICA PRAIRIE TOUR

36th Annual International Dodge Brothers Club Meet - Brookings, SD

Sunday, June 9, 2024 - Saturday, June 15, 2024

 

Host Hotel:  Comfort Suites University

929 25th Avenue, Brookings, SD 57006 

605-937-5867 (Option #2)

 

https://www.choicehotels.com/reservations/groups/RP68K4

 

  Click on URL below to download the registration form: 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/17vMX60xpqDR0DUOiBXgm2XTe4-XTqSpm/view?usp=sharing

 

Early registration to win:

Win one of two gifts. Either a two nights free stay or a one night free stay at the Host Hotel.  To be eligible you must register early for the Meet. Your Meet registration must be postmarked by April 15, 2024 to Theresa Jensen AND planning to stay at the host hotel. The drawing will be at the Meet. 

 

Ask for Dodge Brothers Club rate: $149.00 per night plus taxes; includes breakfast, single King and double Queen rooms.  All rooms are suites with sectional couches.  Hotel is pet friendly but you must tell front desk, when making your reservation, if you will be bringing a pet.  Pets are allowed only on first floor for allergy reasons.  Room rate is $25.00 per night per pet--up to two pets per room.  30 pound pet weight limit.  When leaving the room, pet must be in a kennel.  Cut off date is: MAY 27, 2024 for this rate

 

Optional Extra day for local activity:

The Brookings Car Festival “Show & Shine/Come As You Are” event will be in the morning of Sunday, June 9th. So the Meet Committee has arranged for the hotel rate to start Saturday, June 8th so you could arrive a day early to be ready to attend the Car Festival the next morning. No pre-registration is needed to participate in the event. No judging. Sign up at Pioneer Park on June 9th from 9:00 am-11:30 am. The show starts at noon and goes until 5:00 pm. You can leave with your vehicle at any time. The Dodge Brothers Meet does not start until the evening of Sunday, June 9th. (Pioneer Park is a little over 2-miles west from our host hotel.)

 

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CONTACTS: Ed and Deanne Weninger, Chairpeople

                      605-691-4411 (Ed's cell), 605-691-4290 (Deanne's cell)

                      Email:  eweninger@brookings.net, weninger@brookings.net

 

                      Theresa Jensen, Registrar

                       810-874-1583

                       Email:  dbsdtour2024@gmail.co

 

Registration fee includes: Sunday Ice Cream Social, four lunches, entrance fees, banquet

 

Tow vehicle and trailer parking information to be emailed.

 

Sexauer Park--Campground

  • 2 miles from Comfort Suites & Wilbert Square Event Center

  • $30.00 a pad/day

  • Electrical – (No water at pad) – Fill station – Dump station – Restroom/Showers

  • Small campground – 18 pads available

  • Contact City of Brookings Park & Rec Department

  • Phone: 605-692-2708

  • On-line:  http://www.cityofbrookings-sd.gov

Airport

  • Sioux Falls Regional Airport, 45 miles

Potential Driving Tours:

*  Oakwood Lakes State Park

        *  EROS Earth Resources Observation and Science

        *  Laura Ingalls Wilder Historic Homes--DeSmet, SD

        *  Pipestone National Monument

        *  Redlin Art Center-Watertown/Terry Redlin artist

Local Sites In and Around Brookings:

*  McCrory Gardens Arboretum

        *  Brookings County Historical Society

        *  South Dakota Art Museum-featuring Marghab Linens and Havey Dunn Artist

        *  South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum

        *  Larson Nature Center and Park 

        *  South Dakota State University

 

New Information! May 10, 2024

Silent Auction:  Bring an item for the Silent Auction if you want to donate something interesting from your hometown, state or area; or something in the general Dodge Brothers Car realm.  The Silent Auction will close at 4:00 pm, Friday.

 

Poker Draw:  This will be explained more on Monday at the lunch.  To encourage you to see Brookings and the wonderful museums and places there are to explore, we will be selling “Passes” with 5 lines on them.  As you drive and explore Brookings on your free time/evenings, you can write the places you visit on the “Pass”.  At the Banquet, turn the completed Passes into the ‘Dealers’ who will deal you 5 cards from the deck and the players with the best poker hands will win prizes. 

 

Tech Session: 9:00 am, Friday.  Applying current technology for communication and safety; device charger (phone, computer, Garmin) and signal lights.  Room TBD 

If anyone has a subject to present or something you are interested in, let me know.  We can put together people who are looking for information and those who have experience & knowledge to share.  If you are one or the other, or both, let me know and we will make time. eweninger@brookings.net

Swap Meet/Show & Shine:  Both will take place in the parking lot on Friday – Noon to 4:00 pm.  Bring a table for your swap meet items if needed.

The Wilbert Restaurant/Pub will have a lunch available at your own expense.  They usually open at 4:00 pm so this is a convenience for us on our busy Friday.

Book Group: Friday morning, we can have a book group discussion of life on the prairie by reading the Laura Ingalls Wilder books that took place in her young life around the town of DeSmet.  Room TBD.  Books include: By the Shores of Silver Lake; The Long Winter; Little Town on the Prairie.

Banquet:  In the Wilbert Square Event Center ballroom with Social Hour at 5:30 pm. 

Although there is no ‘dress code’ for the banquet, it is fun to wear something special.  Vintage clothing is often a favorite.  This year we also encourage a thought to Prairie attire or Western Wear.  Have fun planning! 

Trailer Parking:   There is a field across 25th Street, owned by the hotel, that will be our trailer parking.  Due to some construction in the area, we are not sure at what point we will be entering the field to park our trailers/tow vehicles.  Be assured that there will be parking nearby and you will receive more information as we are privy to it. 

Week at a glance!

 

If you like to drive your old car, you will get that opportunity! And if you want to come and explore eastern South Dakota in your modern vehicle, you can have fun with that too!

Just COME!

  • Sunday: Registration and Ice Cream Social

  • Monday: Driving Tour to Oakwood Lakes State Park, lunch at McCrory Gardens, Brookings

  • Tuesday: Drive to Little Town on the Prairie, DeSmet, South Dakota, home of Ingalls and Wilder families

  • Wednesday: Drive to EROS (Earth Resources and Observation Science) Center – Satellite Imagery

  • Thursday: Drive to Watertown, South Dakota, visit Terry Redlin Art Center – South Dakota Artist

  • Friday: Tech Sessions, Book Club, Swap Meet, Show & Shine, Evening Banquet Book Club/Laura Ingalls Wilder books, Banquet dress thoughts: Vintage, Prairie/Farm or Ranch/Western

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