Anoka Classic Car Show geared up for new season

The Anoka Classic Car show is ready to roll for another season.

The Anoka Classic Car Show returns Saturday, May 10. File photo by Mandy Moran Froemming
The Anoka Classic Car Show returns Saturday, May 10. File photo by Mandy Moran Froemming

The series of summer shows will kick off Saturday, May 10 in downtown Anoka.

The show has become a popular summer ritual for classic car aficionados from Anoka and the Twin Cities area.

In fact, volunteer organizer Brad Holmbo has been getting phone calls since December about the details of the upcoming season.

“People are ready for it. They’re ready for summer,” he said.

He predicts a huge turnout for the first show of the season, since people will be antsy to get back to a summertime favorite.

The show runs Saturday evenings from 5 p.m. to dusk, with the entrance at Fourth Avenue and Van Buren Street, just one block north of Main Street.

Cars 1981 and older are welcome and admission is $3 per car. Spectators can attend for free.

Show dates include May 10, 17 and 31; June 7, 14 and 28; July 5, 19 and 26; Aug. 2, 9, 16 and 23; Sept. 6. There are no shows on Memorial Day weekend, Back to the ‘50s car show weekend or Anoka Riverfest.

The Anoka Youth Wrestling Club continues to head up the series of car shows as a fundraiser for its organization and shares some of the profits with the city. Last year the city split the $2,700 donation from the club between Alexandra House and Youth First.

Different car clubs rotate to handle security and gate duties at each show.

There will also be two weekends where the show will make some accommodations to cope with the resurfacing of the county parking lot, which it typically uses.

Holmbo said car show organizers have been working with the city to use additional city streets to accommodate for the up to 500 cars the show can sometimes see.

The only major change for 2014 is a new venue for the season finale. This year the Sept. 13 wrap-up will be held at the Anoka High School parking lot.

The biggest selling feature of the move from the Anoka County Fairgrounds is the opportunity to do the show on a paved lot.

“I kept hearing from a lot of people that they would like to come (to show their cars) if it wasn’t on dirt,” Holmbo said.

The finale will also feature a swap meet for the first time.

The move to the high school will mean no smoking or alcohol consumption is allowed at the event.

All proceeds from the finale are donated to the ACBC Food Shelf.

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Mandy Moran Froemming is at [email protected]