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Street rods featured in annual car show

April 25, 2018 GMT

JEFFERSON -- The Spring Madison Classics Auto Swap Meet and Car Show is set for Friday through Sunday at the Jefferson County Fair Park and will feature all street rods.

“The Madison Classic’s Spring Jefferson Car Show and Auto Swap Meet is one of the largest car shows in the Midwest,” according to Gary Esse, who heads up the Madison Classics. “For the auto enthusiast, this swap meet boasts thousands of car parts and car accessory vendors making it a great place to buy or sell those hard to find car parts.”

For those looking to buy or sell cars, the Cars for Sale Corral is full of hundreds of cars, of all makes and models, for sale.

“Those interested are sure to find great bargains on awesome cars, car parts and car accessories at the Spring Jefferson Swap Meet and Car Show,” Esse said.

The Jefferson Swap Meet and Car Show brings with it some impressive credentials. It is:

-- Held on what Esse called “a whopping 99 acres.”

-- The largest swap meet in the Midwest.

-- An event that attracts more than 20,000 car show spectators.

-- Home to more than 3,100 car part vending spaces.

-- Features hundreds of vehicles for sale in the Cars for Sale Corral.

-- The display home to hundreds of show cars.

The featured vehicle for this spring will be the street rod, however, all makes and models of show vehicles are welcome.

Spectator hours for the car show and swap meet are Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday from 6 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday from 6 a.m.-3 p.m.

Spectator admission is $10 per adult. Spectator parking at the fair park is $5. Children under the age of 12 are free with paying adult.

Esse said Monday from the fair park that things were looking good for the coming weekend’s car show -- that the grounds were going to be in firm shape.

“The sun is shining and the snow is melting, and this is our 41st Annual spring car show and swap meet,” he said. “The weather looks good and we are ‘right there’ as far as selling spaces. We have 90 percent of our spaces sold as of now.”

Esse said the attendees to the show deserve good weather -- something that can be a rarity for the show especially in its spring edition.

“People deserve good weather and they deserve to have a good time,” Esse said. “I have more strangers here -- more different people this year. We call this the ‘Garage Cleaners Nationals.’ There is stuff here from people’s dad’s collections. People just want to get rid of it. Sometimes they don’t even know what it is. So if you are a serious collector, this is the place to be.”