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Classic cars took to the Becker County roads during foliage tour

Participants enjoyed drives through the lakes area, Frazee, Thumper Pond, Phelps Mill and more. SUBMITTED PHOTO1 / 2
About 45 classic cars participated in the Antique Automobile Club of America Fall Foliage Tour last weekend. The event was hosted by the local Lakes 412 chapter. SUBMITTED PHOTO2 / 2

The classics came to Detroit Lakes this week during the Antique Automobile Club of America Fall Foliage Tour, which the local Lakes 412 chapter hosted this year.

The first day of the event started with a tour of Lakeshirts in Detroit Lakes. Next was a trip past Lake Sallie and Lake Melissa and a viewing of Fox, Maud and Eunice lakes as well, with no color change to the trees.  The tour didn’t end there but included one more stop at Seven Sisters for a wine-tasting session. 

The evening back at the Holiday Inn featured a social and buffet, followed by a board meeting of the Minnesota region. The evening was capped off by handing out numerous door prizes.

Saturday started by leaving the Holiday Inn at 9:30 a.m. and proceeding through farm country, stopping at the Lions Park in Frazee for coffee and rolls. The group saw more farm country as well as Ottertail Lake, stopping at Thumper Pond in Ottertail for lunch. 

Following lunch, everyone experienced a good downpour but continued on to Phelps Mill, an old flour mill that operated in the early 1900s, grinding flower for locals and regional customers. The downpour continued, and as a result, only a few brave souls ventured out to look at the mill. 

Nobody’s spirits were dampened though as everyone sat down to a banquet of pork or chicken back at the Holiday Inn. A short meeting followed and the slate of new candidates was presented by Donna Dirnberger from the nominating committee.

The event didn’t quite end with the banquet on Saturday night, as one of the Lakes 412 members took his wife out on her birthday at the Holiday Inn Sunday morning only to find three cars from the tour still there.

Upon a quick conversation, he learned one of the cars would not start even after some minor fixes, so Rod Boyer from Lakes 412 went home and brought his car hauler back, loaded up the car and transported it back to the St. Cloud vicinity.

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