Ladies and gentlemen, start your Mustangs!

And your Chargers, Bel Airs, Cadillac Coupes, Fairlanes, Silverados and even Gremlins and Pintos….

Western Days steeds have a spit-polished shine at the 17th annual Chatfield Western Days Classic Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show set for Sunday, Aug. 9, according to show organizer Gary Danielson, a Chatfield native now living in Stewartville.

There are 18 classes of vehicles in the show, including stock classes from 1900 to present, modified classes from 1940 to present, street rods and custom cars from 1900 to 1949, rat rods with no paint, Corvettes, convertibles of all makes, special interest imports, stock trucks and vans, modified trucks and vans, four-door cars of all makes, and motorcycles and trikes. 

“We have five classes of pure stock – or no modifications made to the vehicle, five classes of modified – anything additional or enhanced on the cars,” he said. “Last year, we had 164 cars, I believe. If we break 150, we’re doing well, but we get 150 to 170, depending on the weather.  Every year, we get more vehicles.  We’ve gotten cars from the northern Twin Cities area, from Iowa and Wisconsin, and they come from at least 100 miles away. It’s a good chance for people to chat with the owners.”     

Danielson believes that the show was begun by the Chatfield Boy Scouts, but the second year, he, Gary and Donna Redwing and Ron and Linda Sample took over the arrangements. 

“I took it over about five years ago. It’s a chance to see everybody, a lot of my old classmates and friends,” he commented, sharing that there are prizes to be awarded to the best of show, the people’s choice and first, second and third place trophies. Participant voting will determine some of the winners, and dash plaques will be given to the first 100 entries. 

“The trophies are sponsored by businesses, most of them from Chatfield.  We get great support from business owners – each business pays for a set of first, second and third place trophies,” he said.  “The best of show is by the car owners, and we hand out ballots for the people’s choice, voted on by the general public.”

Bill Bentson and KOOL 104 will be broadcasting live from the show from noon to 3 p.m., and there will be concessions available onsite.  Danielson thanked the participants and businesses that make the show a success each year and invited the public to check out the Western Days Mustangs and Chargers.    

The Chatfield Western Days Classic Car, Truck & Motorcycle Show is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. one block behind the Chatfield Fire Hall on Main Street, rain or shine. Registration opens at 7 a.m. and lasts until noon, and the show is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., with the awarding of prizes at 2:45 p.m.  For more information, call Danielson at (507) 696-3840.