Classic cars come to DC American Legion
Vintage and classic cars were plentiful last week as the second in a series of Summer Classic Car Shows was held at the American Legion Post in Dodge Center.
Sixty-eight classic cars were on display last Tuesday, said Steve Peterson of Hayfield who is organizing the shows this summer. There were more than cars involved as brats and hamburgers were available and there was the “first-ever” apple pie eating contest in Dodge Center.
Peterson explained he was approached by Legion members earlier this year asking if he could organize a series of car shows over the summer.
The first show was originally scheduled for June 4, he said, but it was rained out. It was re-scheduled for the next week but again the weather was less than ideal and attendance was minimal. Still, six people stepped up for the bratwurst eating contest.
With the weather last week much better the attendance was much improved, Peterson said. In fact, he said, so many cars turned up that he ran out of parking spaces at the Legion and went to neighboring businesses asking if they could park in their lots.
Again, six of those attending decided to take part in the apple pie eating contest, featuring pies baked by Marie Runnells, Peterson said. Decked out in plastic garbage bags, which kept their clothes clean and also kept them from using their hands, the contestants were told the first one to eat a hole in the pie, down to the pie pan, would win $200.
It didn’t take long and Ayden Espenson of Rochester was declared the winner. His secret to winning? His mother, Danielle, said it was simply because she wouldn’t let him eat supper and he was hungry.
For all the other hungry people who stopped by, food prepared by the American Legion was available with veterans eating free.
For anyone who missed the first two shows, or who enjoyed them so much they want more, there are two more Summer Classic Car Shows.
The next one will be on Tuesday, Aug. 6, and will feature a Pin Up Girl Contest and a Hula Hoop Contest with categories for both adults and children.
The season finale will take everyone back to the 50s with a High School Sock Hop Dance on Saturday, Sept. 14.
Featured contest will be for the best 50s dress. The finale will begin at 6:30 and continue until 11:30 p.m. and will feature music and dancing inside the Legion hall.
In addition to Peterson and the Legion, the car shows are sponsored by Hardware Hank, Citizens Bank, Harolds Club, Weber, Leth & Woessner, Lowell’s Auto Sales and Huckleberry.
Peterson said he has been involved with automobiles since he started pumping gas at his running his auto shop in Hayfield he promotes car shows as a sideline because he enjoys it.