Badgerland's big show here Sunday|
|Badgerland Classics and Customs will come to a new location—Antigo’s one-of-a-kind Peaceful Valley—for its 28th annual car show on Sunday.|
Long known for its hospitality, Peaceful Valley has been revitalized through a city-sponsored project that includes an expansive new blacktopped festival and parking area, park and playground, and connections to the city’s trail system along Spring Brook and Antigo Lake.
“Everybody is very excited to come down here,” Jeff Ralph, an organizer of the event, said. “It’s going to bring a lot of people into the downtown area.”
The event will open at 8 a.m. and run until 4 p.m., with over 300 show pieces, plus a large assortment of antique tractors and vintage snowmobiles expected.
There are categories for stock and modified autos and trucks, dating from 1900 to the present, along with motorcycles. First, second and third place trophies will be awarded in all classes, with special trophies for best GM, Ford, Mopar and Orphan stock end modified vehicle and the coveted best of show.
There will also be a swap meet, craft fair, bake sale and plenty of food and refreshments. Bring in a non-perishable food item to be eligible for a special drawing.
Admission is free for spectators.
The new location brings a number of challenges and opportunities, Ralph said.
Field Street will be closed to through traffic between Fifth and Seventh avenues, and Sixth Avenue will be cordoned off between Superior and Field streets from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Show cars will fill the parking lot and Peaceful Valley park with swap spaces south of Seventh Avenue. There will be overflow areas on the east side of Field Street between Sixth and Seventh avenues.
The unloading and trailer parking area will be located to the east of the show grounds in the East Elementary School parking lot off of Seventh Avenue.
Ralph said that public parking will be available south of Seventh Avenue, near the former Weinbrenner Shoe Factory and Antigo Athletic Club, as well as in the St. John Catholic Church parking lot following the midday Mass.
Scattered parking will also be available near the Country Store north of Fourth Avenue, and on the west side of Superior Street in the former McDonald’s Restaurant lot and at the Langlade County Historical Society Museum. Municipal lots are also located within easy walking distance on either side of Fifth Avenue between Superior and Edison streets.
With a crowd in excess of 2,000 people expected, many downtown businesses will be open for special hours, Ralph said.
Ralph said that moving the show downtown was made possible with help from city officials and the park and recreation department along with the Antigo/Langlade County Chamber of Commerce.
“We’re very grateful for that,” he said.
The show is the highlight of a busy weekend for Badgerland. On Saturday, the classic car and motorcycle poker run, over 100 miles over 10 stops, will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is headquartered at Rick’s Roadhouse will music at 7 p.m.
Aug. 15, 2013
From left, Dave Devore with his 1940 Chev, Mike
Devore with his 1966 Chev pick-up and Darin Fischer
and his ’85 Ford Thunderbird, ready for the
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