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Show's labor of love for car club members

Beldenville Old Car Club President Jody Sather, left, presented a certificate to Nick Berg in recognition of the $500 scholarship the club recently awarded Berg. The recipient said he plans to use the funds toward paying for his schooling.1 / 3
Showing off their vehicles during a meeting of the Beldenville Old Car Club outside their building on the Pierce County Fairgrounds Wednesday were, from left to right: Nick Berg and his 1969 Mustang, Doug and Gloria Stockwell with their 1950 Ford, Lenny McDaniel and his 1957 Chevrolet, Bill and Linda Leonard with their 1965 Ford Thunderbird, and Gary and Carol Gilbertson with their 1966 Ford Mustang.2 / 3
ore vehicles were shown during Wednesday’s meeting of the Beldenville Old Car Club on the Pierce County Fairgrounds by, from left to right: Dick and Chris DeCosta with their 1967 Mercury Cougar, Scott Warren with his 1977 Mercedes Benz, Jody and Mary Sather with their 1926 Ford, Dave Paulson with his 1931 Ford and Kent Smith with his 1954 Ford truck.3 / 3

Members of the Beldenville Old Car Club can only hope the public is looking forward to this Sunday’s 36th annual Car Show and Swap Meet a fraction as much as they are.

Because if event goers at the Pierce County Fairgrounds in Ellsworth eagerly anticipate it just a bit in comparison to the organizers’ enthusiasm, this year’s version should be another solid success. The proof was visible during a planning meeting Wednesday at the club’s fairgrounds building.

Over a dozen of those in attendance drove favorites among their holdings to the session. The representation of various makes and models from the 1970s back to the 1920s was parked in front of the building while the owners ate a meal of pizza and sandwiches inside, socialized, then got down to business.

“As members, we can’t have our own vehicles in the (judged) show,” Club President Jody Sather said. “But there’s a place we park them so everyone who comes can see them.”

Sather shared what he believes to be the secret to the local show’s past success: unlike some similar events, the club here doesn’t charge those who bring their classics.

“They’re our entertainment,” he said. In fact, the first 500 drivers are given a “gift” packet of a dash plaque, voting ballot and a pen to mark it.

The spectators who get to view what the enthusiasts have brought are the people who pay a nominal admission fee to the grounds, he said. In that regard, club members will hold a work day this Saturday, with the installation of snow fence around the grounds as one of the jobs. They’ll also put up signs to designate the places where the cars and trucks in each of the 15 classes for judging can be found.

The club president was expecting the usual turnout of 700 or more vintage vehicles to again fill those grounds Sunday. A parking committee has been formed and a plan for traffic devised, calling for members to direct the drivers as they enter, and avoid chaos. Judged classes enter at the east gate; show-and-shine enter at the north gate.

For more please read the July 24 print version of the Herald. 

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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