Cars line Mabel’s Main Street during ‘50s and ‘60s Day last August. The number of cars on display grows every year due to participants inviting friends and fellow car enthusiasts to participate as well. FILE PHOTO
Cars line Mabel’s Main Street during ‘50s and ‘60s Day last August. The number of cars on display grows every year due to participants inviting friends and fellow car enthusiasts to participate as well. FILE PHOTO
“Every year it’s gotten just a little bit bigger, more people helping – it’s been growing every year,” said longtime Mabel ‘50s and ‘60s Day supporter Bob Peterson. “We had over 100 cars here last year, which is pretty amazing. It filled up Main Street very nice…people just come, hang out and have a good time.”
Mabel will be prepared to welcome classic cars back to Main Street for its 16th consecutive year on Saturday, Aug. 9. The event will feature 17 different classes, with first, second and third place trophies given to car owners for each class.
“A lot of them (participants) come back every year and they tell their friends. So that is how it grows each year. We have food and oldies music playing up and down Main Street…walk around look at old cars and listen to old music and have fun. It’s a good time,” Peterson added.
Peterson explained the participants bring their cars from all over the region. “As far as the (Twin) Cities, a lot of them from Iowa, Des Moines, Madison…they bring from quite a ways (away). I think everyone’s favorite is the ‘57 Chevys,” Peterson said with a smile.
Car show registration begins at 8 a.m. with participant voting from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Trophies will be awarded at 3 p.m.
The very popular burn-out begins after trophies are awarded at 4 p.m.
The car show is not the only event of ‘50s and ‘60s Day. There are also food stands, contests and prizes, a craft and flea market and live music. There will also be raffle drawings for $300 cash, a homemade quilt and $50 cash. A full lineup of events can be found at mabelclassiccarshow.com.
LeeAnn Jevne, a ‘50s and ‘60s Day committee member, said the committee has been busy getting sponsors for the trophies, organizing the food stands and activities.
One new activity will be a “frozen t-shift contest.”
“You have to thaw out a t-shirt enough so you can put it on,” Jevne explained.
“It (‘50s and ‘60s Day) gets people to Mabel to know that Mabel is here and we’ve got lots of things going on,” Jevne added. “Everybody come, walk Main Street and see the cars!”