35th Annual CornFest Cruise-In

(As seen in the October 2022 edition of the Minnesota Street Rod Association’s “Linechaser” monthly)

Early Saturday morning, August 20, there was fog in the air. At first I thought it may have been just a cloud around my own self but no, it was more widespread; some of Mother Nature’s doing. And the fog was laden with enough moisture to be bordering on drizzle. We think that may have kept some of the sunshine-lovers away, but the hard core drivers started rolling in a good hour before we even had the registration tables set up. You have to appreciate that kind of dedication! The fog lifted, the clouds stayed, the temp was pleasantly cool and there was a light breeze drifting in from the adjacent shores of Big Stone Lake. All told, it was a good day.

Chosen by a vote of the registered show participants, congrats to the “Sweet 16” award winners: Mike Momb, ’50 Chevy pickup; Mike Borstad, ’55 Chevy 210; Daryl Tobias, ’68 Mustang GT; Dave Ellingson, ’39 Ford pickup; Jake Dorry, ’72 Plymouth Cuda; Duane Johnson, ’70 Dodge Superbee; Tim DeJong, ’63 Corvair; Ryan Arndt, ’65 Chevy convertible; Mike Kellner, ’70 Plymouth GTX; Russ Wall, ’69 Chevelle; Dale Remme, ’49 Ford F-1; Clair Anderson, ’55 Chevy Belair; J.T. Miller, ’70-1/2 Camaro Z-28; Curt Birner, ’59 Corvette; Tim Stengel, ’61 Ford Econoline; and the guy they call “Stanimal” (sorry, nobody here caught his legal handle!) a ’51 Chevy pickup. Other notable presentations included the Sheriff’s Choice, given to the car most likely to be impounded and confiscated for Big Stone County Sheriff Mark Brown’s use. In other words, the law really liked it! That went to Ron Binnebose for his ’55 Ford Crown Victoria.

(Photo courtesy Bill “JR” Lund)

Longest Distance award and a $25 gas card was presented to J.T. Miller, who according to Google brought his ’70-1/2 Z-28 Camaro over 160 miles to join us. Guy’s Choice was voted on by a tightly-knit committee of strictly male host club Big Stone Cruisers’ members. That one went to Mike Borstad’s ’55 Chevy 2-door sedan. The Big Stone Cruisers’ female brigade chose Diane Amundson’s ’38 Ford coupe as the Ladies’ Choice winner. Best of Show was Daryl and Gloria Tobias’ ’68 Mustang GT.

(Photo courtesy Bill “JR” Lund)

And the Poster Car, the car that will be proudly displayed on next year’s full color car show poster and commemorative dash plaques, will be Dick Lee’s gorgeous white 1957 Oldsmobile hardtop. Watch for it, coming soon to a show (and a poster) near you!

(Photo courtesy Bill “JR” Lund)

There were plenty of door prizes, other activities and cash awards as well. And we would be remiss if we neglected to thank the sponsors that help us put this little shindig together. Way too many to mention, but they are all local folks who get hit up for just about every sponsorship opportunity there is and cheerfully support every one. So on behalf of small town car shows and events everywhere, please remember to shop local. They support us, we need to support them as well. Thanks again to all who participated. We hope to see you again, down the road and on our regular third Saturday in August 2023 for the 36th edition CornFest Cruise-In!

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