The final countdown to arts festival

Jodelle Greiner/Register

BROOKINGS – The Brookings Summer Arts Festival doesn’t start until Saturday in Pioneer Park, but some booths were being set up Thursday morning. 

Above, Terry Wright cleans the counters while manager Scott Shearer moves items in the back of the donut booth. The booth is run by employees and volunteers associated with Larson Manufacturing, and profits are donated to the Boys & Girls Club in Brookings. 

Shearer said the booth has been a part of the Arts Festival for a good 20 years, and Dale Larson and his family have established a tradition of working in the booth on Sunday mornings. 

Below 1, down the path a ways, Ron Gelderman, right, and Jeff Morehouse, with his head in a freezer, were setting up the Brookings Noon Lions Club booth, where the group plans to serve SDSU ice cream. 

The booth has operated at the Arts Fest since 1976, Gelderman said. They have one freezer to serve the ice cream from; two freezers for storage, and one refrigerator for water. 

They will offer eight flavors and have ordered more than 100 gallons, he said, adding Cookies & Cream is the biggest seller. They used to offer more flavors, “but it took too long for people to make up their minds,” Gelderman joked.

Proceeds will go to people who need eyeglasses and hearing aids, Lions Park, Boys & Girls Club, and eye screenings for kids. The Lions Club does thousands of screenings in South Dakota and hundreds in the Brookings area, Gelderman said.

Below 2, right next door, a bunch of women were cleaning out the St. Thomas More School booth so they could sell taco bags to benefit Birthright, a center for unplanned pregnancies. The booth usually sells more than a thousand tacos, said Connie Mansheim.

“We’ve stuck with one thing, and it’s really turned out to be a good thing,” she said, adding the booth has been around for about 40 years.

The arts festival runs from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Pioneer Park. There is no admission to the park. Visitors are welcome to come enjoy the work of 200 artists, 38 food booths, 26 edibles and naturals artisans, antique and living history booths, a children’s area and entertainment on three stages. Learn more at online.


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