As a season finale for the Dakota Cruisers, the group of classic car enthusiasts held a three-day event at the Vegas Hotel this weekend. The event started Friday night and continues through this morning before the classic cars are put away for the winter.
Each member of the board takes a turn at running the season finale event each year, said board member Doug Frazier, and this year was his turn. On Friday night, the group gathered with their classic cars and served a meal of hamburgers on the grill for those in attendance. On Saturday evening, starting at 5 p.m., the group gathered with their classic cars again and held a banquet in addition to handing out prizes. The event concludes today with a breakfast.
Frazier said the raffle ticket contest winners were to be announced on Saturday night after the banquet meal. First prize is an engine or $1,000 if the winner doesn't want the engine. Second prize is a set of tires, and third prize is an automatic car starter. Proceeds from the raffle go toward the Dakota Cruisers scholarships, Frazier said, given to high school students wanting to pursue a career in auto mechanics.
Jill Hambek/MDN • This Camaro, shown in the photo, was part of the Dakota Cruisers Season Finale event held Sept. 14-16, at the Vegas Hotel.
Jill Hambek/MDN • Classic cars like this Corvette were lined up on the lawn outside of the Vegas Hotel for the Dakota Cruisers Season Finale event on Saturday evening. The event was a three-day gathering with classic cars, food, a raffle ticket contest, and a chance for classic car enthusiasts to share stories.
Jill Hambek/MDN • This Oldsmobile, shown here, was one of many classic cars included in the Dakota Cruisers end of the season event held Sept. 14-16 at the Vegas Hotel.
The Dakota Cruisers meet year-round every Wednesday night anytime after 6:30 p.m. at Hardee's South, except for the first Wednesday of every month when they meet at the Vegas Hotel at 7:30 p.m. People interested in becoming members can fill out the registration form on the Dakota Cruisers website at (dakotacruiser.com) or by contacting any club member or by e-mailing George Masters at email@example.com.