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May 23rd 2004 - Upper Midwest Gathering 2004 Recap

Click photo for larger image (photo by Levi Dickie)

The 5th annual UMG event in the Wisconsin Dells turned out to be a great success despite the constant overshadowing of a dreary weather forecast. In total, there were 46 total cars/owners that participated throughout the weekend, making it the largest UMG ever. We would have likely hit 50+ had the weather been more cooperative but there's always next year.

Friday's events consisted of the dinner at the Moose Jaw restaurant. Our group was broken up into 5 or 6 tables because we had so many people. Later on Friday we hit Culvers for some ice cream and drove back to the resort while it was pouring outside (again). The rest of the evening was capped off with swimming in the pool and hanging out at the cabins or hotel rooms in a social haven.

We managed to avoid almost all the rain on Saturday as the day cleared up as it went on. There was a great turnout of cars and people for the car show, pizza pub, and go-kart events. the highlight though was driving down the main strip in the Dells on the way to/from the events as a few thousand spectators lined the roads to watch the parade of cars (including ours) showing off their warez along with the more-than-occasional burnout with smoke so thick you'd start to wonder if something caught fire. Saturday evening brought the cookout, bonfire, drunken football on the beach and volleyball in the wee hours of the night.

On Sunday, the event was wrapped up with a 70 mile rural cruise and poker run along the way. Fortunately the weather remained in our favor during the cruise, however the roads were still a bit slippery which didn't help matters overall. The day concluded with the prize giveways (special thanks to 3SX Performance, Import Power Online, and Kuettner Mitsubishi) and lunch at Danny's Diner.

Overall a very enjoyable event and we hope everyone had a great time socializing and getting to know one another. Thanks for your particpation and making the entire weekend a huge success!

Pictures here:
Resort, Moose Jaw, Car Show, Pizza Pub, Go Karts, Rural Cruise

More pictures from Traci of MN3S can be found here here.
More pictures from Jason Romaker here and here.

The following shops sponsored the Upper Midwest Gathering: