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Crowd loved car show

Perfect skies and mild temperatures made for a great day at the Polo Chamber of Commerce’s annual Car Show on Saturday.

Mason Street was a motorist’s dream, featuring more than 100 cars spanning nearly a century of time — from a 1923 Model T Ford, to a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette — and the street was packed with admirers enjoying every one of them.

Cars weren’t the only attraction, entrants could win door prizes, enter a 50-50 raffle, engage in a swap meet, browse tables at the craft and vendor show at Louise Quick Park, or play some car-themed trivia in the center.

“I’m having a blast,” said Tiffany Lund, Stillman Valley, who ran a Lilla Rose vendor booth. “I feel like I was born in the wrong era; these classic cars and the old music are right up my alley.”

Music was provided by 3D Sound Company, Dixon, and hunger was taken care of courtesy of Sterling’s Triple P BBQ and Grand Detour’s Dogs On The Run.

In light of good food, classic music, and cars as far as the eye could see, much of the public agreed the biggest attraction was meeting fellow automobile admirers.

“My favorite part of coming here is meeting the people; you always meet good people, like this guy right here,” said Ron Sassaman, Rochelle, referring to Rock Falls resident Dave Banes.

Banes and Sassaman spent much of the afternoon chatting in front of Sassaman’s blue 1961 Chevrolet Corvette.

“That’s a very unique car, you don’t see too many of the 1960s models anymore,” remarked Judy Groeling, who came with her husband George and granddaughter Kristi, from Shannon.

“We had a great turnout today, and with phenomenal weather,” said Chamber board member Tammy Merdian. “It’s just a fun day, and we get to meet car owners and lovers from all over the area.”

The “area” in question was surprisingly large; vehicles were entered from as far as Cullman, Alabama, and car aficionados came even from Chicago to soak up the sights.

“We were passing through here, when we saw signs saying ‘car show,’ and I told my wife ‘Man, I wish we could stop and see it,’” said Carlos Flores, who came with his family from Chicago. “Then, the next street, I saw the cars lined up, and said ‘Oh, we have to stop for a bit.’”

Flores is a car buff himself, regularly entering his 1967 Oldsmobile Delta 88 in local shows. He added that now that he knows Polo does a car show every year, he’d like to come back next year.

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