Memorial Weekend in Mitchell

Celebrate. Honor. Remember.

Event Canceled Due to Coronavirus

Memorial Weekend in Mitchell events originally scheduled for May 23, 2020 have been canceled. The planning committee is exploring ways to host a social-distancing approved car/motorcycle cruise and a virtual bean bag tournament.
In the meantime, we look forward to hosting you in May 2021!
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May 23, 2020 Events Canceled


Mitchell, SD

South end of Main Street


12 PM - Poker Run

2 PM - Beer Garden Opens

2-7 PM - Car Show & Shine

4 PM - Bean Bag Tournament

4 PM - Kids Tractor Pull

4-8 PM - Inflatables

5 PM - BBQ Cook-Off Begins



Memorial Weekend in Mitchell Event Transferred from Imagine Guild to Big Friend Little Friend

(Mitchell, SD – January 31, 2020): For 18 years, the Imagine Guild has provided the Mitchell community with the Memorial Weekend in Mitchell event. Hosted the Saturday before Memorial Day, the event includes a BBQ cook-off competition, bean bag tournament, car show, poker run, kids tractor pull, and inflatables. Money raised from these events was donated by the Imagine Guild to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Because of the community’s support, the Imagine Guild has been able to donate over $250,000 to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for research to find a cure in the last 18 years.

“Over that time, The Board of The Imagine Guild has been blessed with many dedicated community members that have served in a variety of positions. Many Mitchell and area businesses also donated financial contributions, goods and services to make Memorial Weekend in Mitchell an annual success.  Our Board wants to thank them, the Mitchell community and the surrounding area communities for their attendance and support,” said John Janssen, Imagine Guild President. “It is support from all of you that makes this event an annual success. We ask that you continue to support Big Friend Little Friend as we pass the baton to this local, worthwhile family event.”

Big Friend Little Friend will host the event on May 23, 2020 with guidance from the Imagine Guild. Event activities will remain the same. Money raised from the event will now support Big Friend Little Friend and their four mentoring programs: community-based mentoring, school-based mentoring, Mentor Mom, and South Dakota Youth Hunting Adventures.

“Big Friend Little Friend is excited about the opportunity to continue the Memorial Weekend in Mitchell event” said Jean Haley, Big Friend Little Friend Executive Director. “We invite everyone to come downtown on May 23rd to help us celebrate Memorial Day and kick off the summer, with this fun, family event!”

Jamie Hajek, Big Friend Little Friend Board President shared the sentiment by Haley. “Memorial Weekend and Big Friend Little Friend of the Mitchell Area are a natural fit for each other, as this is a family friendly event with something for everyone,” said Hajek. “We also appreciate all of the work the Image Guild team has put into growing this event over the years, and we look forward to building on the past success of Memorial Weekend in Mitchell.”

To learn more about the event or to become a sponsor, please contact Big Friend Little Friend. Call 605-292-4444, email, or message on Facebook. For information about the car show, please call Roger Hartley at 605-770-4140.

About the Imagine Guild: The Imagine Guild is a local 501c3 corporation whose mission is to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation to find a cure for Cystic Fibrosis.

About Big Friend Little Friend of the Mitchell Area: Big Friend Little Friend of the Mitchell Area empowers children through supportive mentoring relationships. BFLF is also recognized as a 501c3 organization.

BBQ Cook-Off Championship


BBQ Team Information


8-10 AM - Setup & Check In

*Teams can start cooking once they have checked in

4:30 PM - Rib sample ready for judges

5 PM - Start Serving

Registration Cost

$40: Team Entry Fee

$60: Prize Fund Fee

*The prize fund fee is optional. If a team pays the fee and wins an award, they will receive a cash reward from this fund. 


Judged Division


People's Choice


Combined Top 5


Best Campsite 

BBQ Event Attendee

BBQ Tickets

Adult: $10

Youth (Ages 6-17): $5

5 & Under: Free

Beer Cup & Refills

Cup: $7

One Refill: $4

Three Refills: $10

How It Works

  1. Buy a BBQ ticket to enjoy delicious ribs prepared by local BBQ teams! 

  2. Select a team whose ribs you would like to sample. After receiving your rib sample, the team will punch your card. 

  3. Try ribs from multiple different teams.

  4.  Submit your vote for "People's Choice" best ribs!

Water, Coke products, and Culver's custard will be available for a free-will donation.

Limited seating will be available. Strollers and wagons are encouraged for families with young children. 

Car Show


Cars - Pickups - Motorcycles

Event hosted rain or shine!


12 - 2 PM: Registration

2 - 7 PM: Car Show

7 PM: Awards


Awards for Top 3 in each class:

Best GM

Best Ford

Best Mopar

Registration Cost

Early Registration

*Includes a FREE BBQ ticket!


Early Registration available until May 18. 

To preregister, click "Sign up" below.

Day-of Registration



$20: 1 Entry & 1 BBQ Ticket

Car Show Registration:

Poker Run


11 AM - Registration in front of
The Depot (210 S Main)

12 PM - Ride!


Participants will travel south of town before returning to Mitchell's Main Street. 


$30 Registration Fee

*Includes a FREE BBQ ticket!


Bean Bag Tournament


3 PM - Registration

4 PM - Tournament Begins

Tournament Logistics

Double Elimination

Teams may bring their own bags

(Resin only)


$40 Registration Fee/Team

100% Payout


Kids Tractor Pull


3:30 PM - Registration

4 PM - Tractor Pull Begins

Event Details

State Sanctioned Kids Tractor Pull (SD)

Kids ages 4-12 eligible to participate



Big Friend Little Friend of the Mitchell Area

Empowering children through supportive mentoring relationships. Interested in joining us?

Contact BFLF now. 


Phone: 605-292-4444

Address: 104 W. 5th Ave.

                 Mitchell, SD  57301

Hours: Monday - Thursday, 9 AM -5 PM

                 Evenings by appointment

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