Pioneer Auto Show's 2013 Murdo in May – a Community Event

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The 22nd annual Murdo in May was a celebration of history, automobiles, and community.

Murdo in May, is an annual event held in the small town of Murdo, located just off of interstate 90 between Rapid City and Chamberlain, SD.

The event consisting of a swap meet, car show, car auction and antique auction, attracts thousands every year, and this year was no exception. With an estimated 2,500 in attendance, and even more registered for the newly offered online auction, the entire town gets involved in the excitement and festivities. The event this year was held May 10, 11 and 12th.

Kicking off the weekend was the swap meet at Pioneer Auto Show in the west lot on Friday. This was a free event that set the fun tone for the weekend, and ran through Sunday, May 12. Crafts were abundant from the entire region including Sioux Falls, Iowa and all of South Dakota.

The car show on Main Street was sponsored by the Murdo Chamber of Commerce. There was 50’s music for all to hear, and delicious food was provided by the Turner Youth Group. All of the cars and tractors made it a great ride.

The antique car auction, which took place on Saturday, May 11, was operated by Vanderbrink Auctions out of Hardwick, MN. There were approximately 200 on-site bidders registered, along with an additional 157 online registrations for bidding. Some highlight sales of the auction were:

1946 Dodge Truck Restored - $4,000 sold to online bidder
1932 Ford Custom Streetrod - $11,500 sold to onsite bidder
1968 AMC AMX Coupe - $16,000 sold to onsite bidder
1963 R Code Galaxie - $21,000 sold to onsite bidder
1962 Chevrolet Corvette Roadster - $34,000 sold to onsite bidder

Dave Geisler Sr., owner of the Pioneer Auto Museum said, “One of the highlights for me was to see the entire community participate and get involved. The event may have originated at Pioneer Auto Show, but over the years it has really become a celebration of the entire town – many returning customers and old friends making good memories.”

The mega antique and collectable auction on the final day, run by Eckert Auctions of South Dakota, was also quite successful. Hot items this year were collectables of Coca Cola, Hamm’s Beer, and John Deere. Check out some of Pioneer Auto’s vintage items from their gift shop at

Overall, Murdo in May is an exciting annual event that continues to grow and expand each year. Next year is sure to bring more hidden treasures along with fun times and involvement of those attending and the entire community.

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