Getting There

LauraPalooza 2015 is being held on the campus of South Dakota State University July 16-17, 2015. The official start to the conference will be a reception Wednesday evening, July 15, 2015, where people can pick up their registration packets. The opening keynote will be on Thursday morning. The agenda will continue all day Thursday and all day Friday. Activities in De Smet will begin on Saturday and continue through the pageant that evening. So if you are planning to participate in everything from beginning to end, time your travel to arrive by 5 PM Wednesday evening and plan to stay overnight either in De Smet or Brookings on Saturday.   By air The closest airport is Sioux Falls Regional Airport in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, about 55 miles south of Brookings. Some may choose to fly into Minneapolis-Saint Paul Regional Airport, which is almost a four-hour drive from Brookings.   By car Once at the airport, you can travel by car (Sioux Falls Airport lists several car rental agencies on its website). Click here for directions to the Student Union at SDSU from Sioux Falls Regional Airport. Click here for directions to the Student Union from the closest highway, Interstate 29.   By bus Travelling between Sioux Falls and Brookings by bus can be arranged through: Jefferson Bus Lines To Brookings a daily departure on weekdays only at 8pm arriving at 9pm From Brookings a daily departure on weekdays at 4.20pm arriving at 5.20pm Because Brookings is a bus stop only you have to book your ticket online before departure to get on the bus. Prizes vary but are currently seen at $11 one way. Tickets can be booked here https://webstore.jeffersonlines.com/    Brookings Area Transit Authority (BATA) www.brookingsareatransit.com BATA offers a shuttle from Sioux Falls airport to Brookings on Monday at 3pm and from Brookings to Sioux Falls on Monday at 9am. A roundtrip is $20 A shuttle can be arranged at other times too at a cost of $100 per one-way and $175 per round-trip   G P Shuttle Service, ph. 605-692-7097 $85 – $ 100 one way $10 additional fee if after 9pm   Yellow Cab, ph. 605-336-1616 A cab can be shared and it will take you from Sioux Falls or back for $90 - $100   Ride sharing For those not travelling to and from Brookings in their own car we try to organize ride sharing. It could be from Sioux Falls Airport, a Greyhound bus stop or someplace else – just let us know what you need or what you can offer and we will try to make a match. Please email your travel itinerary and approximate times to sannejakobsen at gmail dot com