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Vintage cars, trucks and tractors displayed Saturday at Sauk County Fairgrounds in Baraboo

June 2, 2018 GMT

Classic cars and trucks roared down Washington Avenue on Friday afternoon to kick off this weekend’s Memory Lane Car & Truck Show at the Sauk County Fairgrounds.

The convoy looped around Baraboo before taking a scenic drive to Rock Springs. The vintage vehicles will be on display at the fairgrounds Saturday, and several other family friendly events will take place as well.

The local chapter of the American Truck Historical Society, Baraboo Classic Cruisers group and a host of other community organizations teamed up for this year’s event. Organizers said visitors can expect to see historic cars and trucks as well as modern styles.

“We’ll have everything from pickups to full semis from the ’50s, ‘60s and ’70s,” said American Truck Historical Society member Tim Blum.

The Baraboo Community Heroes, a nonprofit organization led by first responder agencies that assists local families, also will host a miniature car and truck show for kids. Children are invited to bring pedal cars, trucks and bikes to the commercial building, where they can learn about vehicle maintenance and participate in their own car show. Each child will receive a trophy for displaying their vehicle.

“Last night the Community Heroes group asked me, ‘What do you do to your cars to clean them up?’” said Baraboo Classic Cruisers member Dennis Kluge. “They went and got a few kits, so when the kids come in they can clean their vehicles like the big guys do, and polish their cars.”

The Baraboo Elks Lodge also will host a bicycle rodeo for kids that will include an obstacle course, bike maintenance checks from Wildside Action Sports and safety lessons from Baraboo Police and the District Ambulance Service. Kids are required to wear a helmet and have parental consent to participate.

“We want kids to learn to be safe on their bikes and also have some fun,” said Baraboo Elks member Jo Heath.

Several food vendors will be on site as well. Honey Creek UTV/ATV Club will run a stand to raise money for signs along trails near Leland. Leroy Schell, the group’s president, said the event is a chance to gain exposure and educate people about the growing outdoor sport.

“It’s not kids running around tearing things up,” he said. “It’s the older generation buying UTVs and enjoying the outdoors. It’s a fun relaxing sport for us, and that’s what we’re promoting.”

The free event is being held in conjunction with the Friends of the Grandstand’s seventh annual truck and tractor pull at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The mud-slinging, diesel-fueled contest will feature tractors, semis and street-legal diesel trucks. Tickets for the truck and tractor pull cost $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

“The money we raise will help fix the grandstand seating and the floor,” said Sauk County Agricultural Society member Liz Cook. “It takes quite a reserve of money to start fixing that.”

Blum, a longtime truck driver, collector and member of the American Truck Historical Society, will have several of his vehicles on display Saturday, including two White Motor Co. trucks from the 1970s. Blum said he’s looking forward to seeing other vehicles and interacting with like-minded truck enthusiasts.

“I’m just a kid who didn’t grow up, and I want to keep playing with trucks,” he said.