The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Car show returns to fairgrounds for Labor Day

  • The Saline County Fairgrounds will host the Memory Lane Auto Fest this Labor Day. The Fourth of July fireworks originally rescheduled for Labor Day have been moved to the Bluegrass Festival on Oct. 6.
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  • The 2nd Annual Memory Lane Auto Fest will return to the Saline County Fairgrounds this Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3. The event is organized by the Shawnee Classic Iron Auto Club and sponsored by the Saline County Tourism Committee, Harrisburg Medical Center and Wallace Auto Parts.
    Organizer Brad Crick said a wide variety of automobiles, trucks and motorcycles will be on display.
    Last year the event drew about 200 vehicles.
    "We expect maybe 300 cars this year," he said mentioning stock cars "from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s," plus classes for new cars.
    Registration runs from 9 a.m. to noon with a fee of $10 for vehicles. Spectators get in free.
    "The public is more than invited to come out and look," Crick said promising folks, "they're going to see a wide variety of cars."
    By working with the tourism committee organizers hope to develop the car show as a major annual event for Harrisburg.
    "We want to bring people in and show them what Southern Illinois is about."
    The Shawnee Classic Iron Auto Club is a new local club that just organized last year.
    "We're always looking for members. Anybody can join that's interested in automotives any way or other," Crick said.
    The club is offering cash prizes for the top spots.
    "We're adding the Harrisburg Medical Center as a big sponsor this year," he said.
    Part of that sponsorship will include a new memorial award in honor of the hospital's late CEO Vince Ashley.
    The event will also include a swap meet, vendors and concessions. Door prizes and a 50/50 drawing is also planned. Music will be furnished by Big Elvis. Dash plaques will be offered to the first 125 vehicles registered. Awards will start at 3 p.m.
    One change from a previous announcement, the Town and County Lions Club will not hold the rescheduled Fourth of July fireworks at the fairgrounds that evening as originally determined last month. Because of the gap in time between when the car show is expected to be over and dusk, organizers and the city have agreed to move the fireworks to the of the Bluegrass Festival on Oct. 6 which is also be held on the fairgrounds.
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