I was planning on making a jaunt to USD today to see my daughter in the parade. Until she said something about parents not coming.
Somehow, I think it was her intention to have fun as a 21 year old. Given her participation in Strollers, I think that might be a mandate.
About that time, it so happened that a friend asked me if I could go to tonight’s Lincoln County Lincoln/Reagan Denim and Diamonds Dinner in his stead. So, what’s a Republican to do? I packed up my daughter who happens to be the State Vice Chair of the Teenage Republicans, and we hit the road!
Here’s rare visual proof that I’m not driving like a bat out of hades down the Interstate and blogging over my phone. I left that to my #4, keeping both eyes, and at least one hand on the wheel at all times.
I arrived, and like most dinners, it’s old home week.
Here, Jason Ravnsborg and Jim Bolin enjoy each other’s company at a table.
State Senator Ernie Otten tells the tables where to start the procession to the chow line. I’m not sure why, but I ended up being last.
Secretary of State Shantel Krebs and Senator Phyllis Heinemann chat for a moment by the Water Cooler.
Chris Nelson and Marty Jackley help to honor Representative Arch Beal for his service to the Lincoln Co GOP.
Ryan Brunner gives an update on the Office of School & Lands…. and then keeps going back to watch the SDSU/NDSU game for some reason .
Mark Mickelson stands up to see who is bidding so darned high on that limited edition Reagan print.
Senator/Auctioneer David Omdahl is calling out the bids, and helping to raise money for the cause.
Senator Phyllis Heinemann and newly minted State Senator Bill Shorma watch the program.
Lincoln County GOP Chair Betty Otten gives an emotional farewell to the crowd.
And Argus Leader Political Reporter Dana Ferguson gets to experience her first South Dakota Lincoln Day Dinner. We’ll see if she’s still enthused after another 20-30 chicken dinners.
(Although, Trust me – there’s a county up north that serves home-cooked prime rib that can’t be beat!)