State Parties – January 2024

Dakotas ‘Round Up’ Party March 7

Steve Perkins

North Dakotans and South Dakotans and friends from Sun Lakes, SunBird, and surrounding areas are all invited to the annual North and South Dakota Party held Thursday, March 7, at the Sun Lakes Cottonwood Country Club San Tan Ballroom. Make sure you put it on your calendar. It’s a 40-plus-year tradition!

Based upon early interest, we are expecting to break last year’s attendance. It looks like a number of new Dakotans have decided to have winters in the sun and enjoy Arizona’s great weather. We are planning a real hoedown big party celebration, just like a good ol’ Dakota rodeo.

If you are not getting our emails, then you need to get on our Dakotas Party list. If you aren’t on the list, well, golly, you just “ain’t” really from Dakota. You get on the list by emailing or calling us at the contact information below. Everyone on the list from last year continues. We are now emailing out the registration forms with all the details. Remember, you have to be prepaid and registered well before the party. There are no “walk in” registrations at the door. We have to guarantee numbers a week before, so please register early.

The 2024 party will again be indoors at the Sun Lakes Cottonwood Country Club San Tan Ballroom. It is still a casual event, much like our previous outdoor patio party. No excuses for wimps who think it might be too cold or rainy. We again have as our event sponsor the Dakota-based Western State Bank, with branches here in Arizona. They will have registration gifts for everyone. We will have many nice door prizes and lots of fun.

First, make sure you are on our annual party list so we can keep you up to date about our annual parties. Second, get registered now. Third, spread the word. To save money, we are only doing email mailings, so please make sure all your Dakota friends know about the party. We need your help! Please don’t assume everyone knows about it. Spread the word faster than Grandma’s country party line phone.

The cost is $25 per person (doggone inflation) and includes the buffet dinner. The event will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 7. Advance tickets only!

For more information, to get on our list, and/or to make reservations, contact [email protected] or call Marianne Perkins at 507-227-2099 or Steve Perkins at 507-920-3532.

Nebraska State Dinner

The annual Sun Lakes Nebraska State Dinner will be held on Saturday, March 2, in the Cottonwood Country Club San Tan Ballroom. Friends from Sun Lakes, SunBird, and surrounding areas are all invited to the dinner. The no-host cash bar will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.

The cost of tickets is $40 per person with a choice of prime rib or shrimp scampi, and the deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, Feb. 19.

Reservation forms for those on our mailing list will be sent out the first week of February. If you are new to the area, have a change of address, have never been on our mailing list, or have questions, contact Don Teusaw at 402-659-2410.

This is your opportunity to meet fellow Nebraskans, enjoy great food, and participate in raffle drawings and a silent auction!

Please spread the word!