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How to Vacation on a Budget in South Dakota

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In addition to the Pioneer Auto Show, there are many fun, interesting destinations located close to I-90 throughout South Dakota. Best of all, many attractions offer very affordable, or even free, admission prices, making them must-stops for families traveling on a budget. We’ve outlined some of those points of interest so you can easily plan your trek through the Mount Rushmore state, all while keeping more money in your wallet for when you arrive back home.

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Lunchboxes through the Ages

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With the start of the school year right around the corner, we are bombarded with “Back to School” commercials reminding us to hurry up and stock up on the necessities before the highly anticipated first day of classes. Although it is pretty uneventful to shop for most of the items that make it to school supply lists, there is one that has allowed us to showcase our creativity and share our interests for almost 70 years – the lunchbox. Before you head out to brave the shopping masses, read a little more about the interesting history behind these important contraptions, and how they have become a staple in our day to day life.

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The History of Motorcycles

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What better way to spend a beautiful, sunny summer afternoon than by enjoying the fresh air and beautiful scenery of South Dakota mounted atop a roaring motorcycle?  As the home of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and miles upon miles of stunning scenic roads that are popular among visiting and local motorists alike, the state is a premier destination for those that love to ride, or are simply fascinated by, the two-wheeled mechanisms. We’ve compiled the interesting history behind the development of the present day motorcycle so you can impress your friends and family with your knowledge on this famed regional pastime.

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5 Tips for Driving Safely Around Motorcycles

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5 Tips for Driving Safely Around Motorcyclists

Not only does the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally bring in hundreds of thousands of bikers each August, but the beautiful scenery of South Dakota makes it a popular destination among motorcyclists all summer that are seeking an exciting ride while surrounded by a breathtaking view. Yet, visitors and residents alike are often caught off guard by the large influx of bikers that flow into the state each year. Knowing how to safely share the road with bikers is crucial, especially when you consider that multi-vehicle crashes involving motorcycles accounted for 60% of motorcyclist deaths in 2016. Here at Pioneer Auto Show, we take motorcycle safety seriously and are here to help you prepare for your trip with some suggestions for maneuvering safely around bikers during your South Dakota vacation.

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History of the Ford Model T

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Named the most influential car of the 20th century, the Ford Model T made its rightful place in history by becoming the first automobile accessible to the growing middle class in the early 1900’s. Envisioning a car “so low in price that no man making a good salary will be unable to own one,” Henry Ford enlisted the help of Childe Harold Wills and Hungarian immigrants Joseph A. Galamb and Eugene Farkas to help design the car in 1908. The result allowed working class families to enjoy the convenience of automobiles, something that was only available to the wealthy up to that point.

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How to Prepare Your Classic Car for Spring

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The snow is (almost) gone, the sun is shining and the birds are chirping, which can only mean one thing – spring is here in South Dakota. After a long winter of freezing temperatures, salt-covered roads and piles of the white stuff, you may be itching to take your classic car out for a spin, and we don’t blame you! But before you reintroduce your beauty to the world, follow these car maintenance tips to ensure your first drive of the season results in smiles and not tears.

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History of the General Lee Car

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Check out a piece of Hollywood history, right here at the Pioneer Auto Show!

As one of the most iconic cars from television’s yesteryears,  the 1969 Dodge Charger dubbed “General Lee”, or simply “The General”, stole the hearts of The Dukes of Hazzard fans in the 70’s and 80’s. And, lucky for its admirers, the car made an appearance in every episode of the show, except for one. The buzz surrounding the trademark automobile even led to it receiving an astonishing 35,000 fan letters a month during the Duke’s heyday.

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The history of the WNAX station

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Deep in the heart of the Pioneer Auto Show Prairie Town is a WNAX sign. While many may assume it is for a gas station, they would only be partially right. The popular WNAX sign that stands tall not only represents an old gas station, but also a radio station which was popular among farm towns in the Midwest. What initially started as a way to promote a seed store, quickly grew to become much more than that.

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History of Elvis' Harley-Davidson Motorcycle

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It was no secret that Elvis Presley was an avid motorcycle rider. He owned numerous motorcycles over the years, and all have gone down in history. His top choice of brand, however, was Harley-Davidson, so his ownership of different motorcycles played a big role in Harley-Davidson history to this day. His motorcycles are memorialized in museum exhibits across the country, including at the Pioneer Auto Show in Murdo, South Dakota. Elvis’ 1976 Harley-Davidson FLH 1200 Electra-Glide. Here is a brief Harley-Davidson history of how this iconic motorcycle came to be part of Elvis Presley’s collection.

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Christmas gift ideas for road trippers

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Christmas is right around the corner, which means it’s time for gift giving. Instead of giving the usual gifts of gift cards, try out some of these unique road trip gifts for the road tripper in your life. Make your Christmas a personable experience this year with these fun gift ideas for road trippers.

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The History of Fire Trucks

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Kids and adults alike are mesmerized when a fire truck speeds past them, hauling massive equipment and brave firefighters on their way to battle a fire. While they certainly catch our attention while they’re in action, many may not know much about the interesting transformation fire trucks have undergone over the years in order to make them the life-saving vehicles we know and love today. Take a moment to learn more about the history of fire trucks, and you just may gain an even greater appreciation for all of the amazing feats they accomplish.

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Best places to see autumn colors in South Dakota

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Fall is the perfect time to revel in the rustic charm of South Dakota by taking a scenic drive through one of the state’s many breathtaking landscapes and savoring the vibrant autumn colors. No matter what part of the state you happen to be in, beautiful fall foliage is only minutes away. Below are some of the destinations in South Dakota that are popular amongst locals and tourists alike for appreciating the charm this season has to offer.

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The history of Coca-Cola

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From beating the heat on a hot, summer day to cheering on your favorite football team, there isn’t much that an ice-cold Coke doesn’t pair perfectly with. With the bubbly beverage being such a part of everyday life, it may not be surprising to find out that Coca-Cola is one of the most well-known trademarks in the world, and is even the second most understood term on the planet, after “okay”. But do you ever stop to think about the history of Coca-Cola, or how it came to be consumed across the planet? Pop the top off a frosty Coke and keep on reading to learn the story behind one of the most successful businesses of all time.


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History of John Deere

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John Deere is a company that manufactures agricultural, construction, and forestry machines. John Deere was actually a blacksmith and manufacturer who founded Deere & Company back in 1837. John Deere heard concerns from farmers about how their plows weren’t working for thick prairie soil so he worked his magic to provide them with a proper plow. This is when steel plows were developed.  Starting with 10 plows in 1839, by the time it was 1842, John Deere built 100.

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Fun road trip games for adults and kids

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Road trips are a great way for family and friends to bond, albeit in a confined space. What better place to bond than inside a car on your way to a grand adventure, such as visiting the Pioneer Auto Show! However, if your trip is long, the road trip can get boring. That’s where fun road trip games come into play and save the day. Here are a few road trip games for adults and kids that will surely liven up the road trip and make it go by faster.

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Packing tricks to help you plan a road trip

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Trying to plan a road trip requires planning not only the things you are going to go do, sights you’re going to see, and meals you’re going to enjoy, but also planning what you’re going to take with you. Whether you’re a pack rat who takes everything but the kitchen sink with you, or a minimalist who takes only the necessities with you, here are a few packing tricks to help you save time and space on any road trip you’re taking this summer.

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A brief history of tractors

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Farm tractors run so much of our lives and aid in more things than the average American may realize. Its history is unique and thrilling. Here is just a snippet of the vast history of tractors.

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Travel hacks for traveling with pets

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Traveling with Fido can be a great time for you and your family, but if not done properly, it can also end in disaster. Traveling with pets is not quite the same as traveling with kids, as a lot of places won’t let you bring pets into their establishments. But if planned properly, a trip with Fido can be a great bonding experience for you and your pet. Here are a few travel hacks to help you plan a great trip with your pets.

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The history of depression glass

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Many different things came from the 1920s-1940s that were iconic to that time frame and were a milestone in American history. One of those items was depression glass, which was very popular during the late 1920s into the early 1940s. While depression glass may not be the most accurate term, the history of depression glass is an interesting one. Depression glass is a catch-all phrase for mass-produced, collectible glassware and tableware that was either clear or colored.

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Tips for saving money on your summer road trips

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Spring has started to show its beautiful face, which means it’s almost road trip season. Road trips can be expensive, so it’s usually a family event that requires some planning and saving. But some of the best road trips are the spontaneous ones that have no planning at all. However, those still require money. So here are some tips for saving money for your upcoming road trips and for having a budget friendly road trip that is still a memorable one.

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