Cars are the stars of '50s and '60s Day in Mabel
Wednesday, August 07, 2013 4:01 AM
If one is looking for something fun to do in the area this weekend, consider attending Mabel's annual '50s and '60s Day on Saturday.
Jeff and Chelay Playter of Sun Prairie, Wis., won Best in Show at last year’s ‘50s and ‘60s Day car show in Mabel. The car show and community celebration will be held again this Saturday on Mabel’s Main Street. FILE PHOTO
The fun begins in Mabel on Friday night with music at the Mabel Legion. Enjoy Chris Von Arx of Caledonia as he entertains from 8 to 10 p.m.
On Saturday morning, the car show on Main Street draws hundreds of cars and people to look at these phenomenal classics. Registration is held from 8 to 11 a.m. with participant voting taking place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Trophies will be presented at 3 p.m.
There are two classes for trucks, restored/stock and modified.
There are many different classes for cars, including original stock, all years; four door stock, all years; restored/stock, pre-1954; restored/stock, 1955-1960; restored/stock, 1961-1965; restored/stock, 1966-1973; restored/stock, 1974-present; street rod, all years; street machine, 1940-1960; street machine, 1961-1970; street machine, 1917-present; pony car, all years; sports car, all years; rat rods, all years; and off-road vehicle, all years.
The street will be lined with classic cars and trucks, hot rods and modified vehicles. Area residents are invited to stroll by and take a look at this amazing display as well as talk with vehicle owners.
The crowd-favorite burn out will be held at 4 p.m.
City-wide garage sales are being held on Thursday, Friday and Saturday throughout the community. Maps are available at the Mabel bp station and Larson's Hardware.
The committee in charge of this classic car show and step-back-in-time is holding a fundraiser to help continue this event, annually held the second Saturday in August. The $1 ticket will give one the chance to win $300 in cash, a queen-sized quilt or $50 in cash. The drawing is held immediately before the trophy presentation.
The fun will continue that evening at the Mabel Legion with live music from 5 to 10 p.m. featuring Flashback of Decorah.
This community event has been held for the past 14 years in Mabel. When a '50s and '60s themed restaurant opened in Mabel in 1999, 18 classic cars and their owners came to help celebrate. This inspired the idea to hold a festival and each year, more and more classic cars joined in the fun, growing to over 150 cars by 2006. Other attractions have been added during the years, including live entertainment, historic-themed contests and a swap meet. However, the most popular addition continues to be the burn out, where "laying rubber" is totally legal for the day.
For more information one may check out the website at www.mabelclassiccarshow.com or call one of the committee members. For general information, contact Ilene Peterson at (507) 459-5682; Leanne Jevne at (563) 419-4894; or Lita Fredrickson at (507) 450-9860. For information regarding the car show, one may call Roger Torgerud at (507) 450-9257 or Gary Redwing at (507) 269-9597. For information on the burn out, one may call Jim Westby at (507) 951-1384.