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Girl Talk
Brandon, you made Automania a success
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

July 12. 2013 9:29AM
A couple of friends and I have been pounding the pavement in the early morning hours between Sioux and Splitrock boulevards for a couple of months now.

By the time I reach home, I’m sweaty, worn out and ready for a shower.

And while my pace Friday wasn’t as quick as it is in our morning walks, I was tuckered out after taking it all in. In fact, I “limped” home with sore ankles. (Note to self for next year: That cute pair sandals I own, while they look good, aren’t the best for hours of walking.)

But enough about my tired feet and sore ankles, as this Girl Talk is dedicated to the swarm of people that descended upon our fair city on Friday. As the evening hours rolled in, Holly Boulevard was a site to behold. No matter which direction you looked, there were people and cars and more people and more cars. Automania organizers estimate between 1,500 and 1,800 cars were on display, and that 70,000 pounded the pavement of Holly Boulevard.

I was personally impressed with the setup and all of the behind-the-scenes planning.
Without the cooperation of the city, the school district, our local residents and businesses, and cooperating law enforcement agencies, Automania’s move from Downtown Sioux Falls to Brandon would not have been possible.

Planners say they’re eager to bring it back next year and for years to come. And they’ll strive to make it bigger and better. After what I saw Friday, I don’t doubt it.

I hope you had a chance to see how Brandon rolled out the red carpet for 70,000 or so visitors last week. It just goes to show you that when a community pulls together, anything is possible. Even a party for 70,000.

Aerial photo thanks
I’d like to thank Mark Erickson, owner of Dakota Cub Aircraft of rural Valley Springs for taking his Super 18-160 aircraft into the skies on four runs Friday. Erickson, along with photographers Pat Gilmore and Dave Richardson snapped a plethora of photos of Automania from about 1,000 feet above.

I encourage you to check out their photos in the photo gallery.
Community organization needs
This week’s needs at the Brandon Area Food Pantry are Pasta Sides (noodles only), pizza sauce, jam and/or jelly, boxed pasta (i.e. rotini, penne, elbow macaroni), paper plates, napkins, paper towels and Kleenex. Before donating, please check the expiration date, as expired food items cannot be distributed. Monetary donations are always appreciated.

The BAFP is located at 406 Main Ave., and is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To donate to the food pantry or for more information, call 582-7001.

The Brandon Lions Club also wants your aluminum cans. Proceeds from the sale of aluminum funds requests to the Club for vision and hearing impairment needs.

The Lions Club collection shed is located in the Sunshine Foods parking lot.

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