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Jalopy Fest returns to Grundy fairgrounds

MORRIS – Car enthusiasts can step back in time and check out cars from a bygone era this weekend at Jalopy Fest.

Bernie Myers and his wife, Marcia, of Morris are hosting the fifth annual festival, which celebrates simpler times, Saturday and Sunday at the Grundy County Fairgrounds.

“This car show is a lot different than your typical cruise night,” Myers said. “You won’t see cars newer than 1964.”

Jalopy Fest is billed as a way to celebrate a more traditional era of automobiles. You won’t find a 2013 Challenger at this event.

In addition to cars from the 1950s and early 1960s, attendees will find people dressed as if they’d come from a sock hop or the drive-in.

“We’ll have a pin-up contest on Saturday for the ladies, and a little miss pin-up contest on Sunday for the little ladies,” Myers said.

To be shown at Jalopy Fest, custom cars must have a custom of 1972 or older; hot rods must be 1964 or older.  

This is the fifth year for the two-day event, which has grown each year, Myers said.

Throughout the weekend, rock a billy bands will play in the pavilion. There will be a bonfire Saturday night, along with a DJ. Food vendors and swap meets also will be on hand.

What: Jalopy Fest
When: Starts at 9 a.m. Saturday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Grundy County Fairgrounds
Cost: Cars are $20. Spectators are $5 a day. Kids are free.

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