Attendees at the 2022 Montezuma American Legion Car/Truck Show checkout the more than 100 entries, including this red Chevelle SS convertible owned by Raymond Thompson of Montezuma. The second annual Montezuma American Legion Car/Truck Show is slated from Saturday, Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in and around the Poweshiek County Courthouse Square. A Blackstone Grill/Griddle will be raffled off along with a quilt and various items donated by local and area businesses.
By J.O. Parker
The second annual Montezuma American Legion Post 169 Car/Truck Show is just around the corner and organizers are expecting a great turnout.
Slated for Saturday, Sept. 30, owners of classic, muscle, antique, custom and newer cars and pickups are invited to showcase their vehicles on the Montezuma Square from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on that day.
The family-friendly event is a fundraiser for the new American Legion Building in Montezuma.
The first 50 entries will receive goody bags and 30 trophies will be given to the top judged 30 vehicles.
Trophies will be handed out for the following areas:
American Legion’s Choice
American Legion Auxiliary’s Choice
Sons of American Legion Choice
Best of Show
Door prizes will be drawn throughout the day. There will be a 50-50 drawing and as last year, a quilt will be raffled off.
Also being raffled off is the grand prize of a Blackstone propane grill/griddle, courtesy of Hometown Hardware and fellow veteran Darrell Eichenberger.
Tickets for the grill are $5 and are now available at Hometown Hardware or Ron’s Barbershop in Montezuma. Tickets for both the quilt and grill/griddle will be available the day of the show.
Dennis and Ann Snook of Grinnell have put together a beautiful hot rod picture puzzle that is framed for hanging that will also be raffled off.
The public is encouraged to vote for their favorite and the People’s Choice Award.
Pastor Ted Morelock and his friend, Buford, will be on hand to entertain.
The Methodist Church ladies will have a bake sale ongoing and many Montezuma businesses will be open and anxious to meet the car show people.
Last year, 115 vehicles were on display and the hope is that more will be on hand for the second annual show.
“This year, we could equal that or surpass it,” said Ron Hensel, American Legion Commander and show organizer.
Food vendors include Fire on Wheels Pizza, Yolanda’s Mexican Restaurant, Star Lanes Bowling Alley and hopefully, Sauced will be open.
Co-sponsors this year include: K&M Enterprise, County Bank, Hicks Heating/Cooling and Plumbing, Mick Gable Sawmill, Brooklyn Community Estates, Star Lanes, AE Realty, Meyer Seed, Three Sisters Fabric and Fashion, Vannoy Chevrolet, Sutfin Auto Shine, Fire on Wheels Pizza, Tim Coleman Electric, Freedom Firearms, LLC, and Montezuma Floral and More.
Registration will begin at approximately 9 a.m. with the car show coming to conclusion at 3 p.m. There is a $15 entry fee for car and pickup owners to display their vehicles. There is no charge to attend the show.
Everyone is welcome to attend to see some of the most beautiful cars in East Central Iowa.
All proceeds again this year will go toward the new Montezuma American Legion Building to be built at 803 E. Jefferson St., on property that was donated in 2021 by the grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. Cloyd Carl.
“We hope to have plans for the new Legion Hall on hand for public viewing that day,” said Hensel.
The City of Montezuma or the Montezuma American Legion will not be responsible for accidents or injuries.
Contact person is Ron Hensel, 515-979-2705.