Two Harbors wins bid for fall car showAfter Labor Day next year, Two Harbors could look like a set out of the Pixar movie “Cars.” At least for the weekend.
After Labor Day next year, Two Harbors could look like a set out of the Pixar movie “Cars.” At least for the weekend.
Two Harbors is the new location of the Minnesota Street Rod Association’s annual event, the Fall Campout. After losing out two years ago to Grand Rapids, the North Shore Classics Club president Gary Ojard and Vice President Dwight Lind, along with members Eric Anderson and Kyle Reppe, presented the proposal for Two Harbors to the board at the Minnesota Street Rod Association—and were accepted. The North Shore Classics Club beat out the Nifty 50 Cruisers Car Club from Cloquet.
“It’s the first time we’ve had anything like this in the area,” Lind said.
Ojard and Lind said they asked the car club why they should bring the car show to Two Harbors. “Everybody said the same reason: To bring people to Two Harbors,” Ojard said.
Lind thinks the event will bring in revenue for local area businesses. “We have to help boost the local economy, the local businesses in the Two Harbors area,” he said.
They expect 400 to 600 people to attend. Ojard, who has been in contact with area hotels and other lodging establishments, said that many people have started making plans for the event. “I know we have over a hundred rooms reserved already,” said Ojard.
Lind said for many people, the Fall Campout is a must attend event for groups of friends. “It’s almost like a small family,” he said. “It’s an event for them and they do it faithfully every year.”
The event is still in the planning stages, but organizers plan to offer MSRA members deals on attractions and events like tours of the retired Coast Guard cutter Sundew. Poker runs are also expected to be offered and Ojard and Lind hope to offer a shuttle service to Seventh Avenue from the car grounds so visitors can explore the shops in the area. The main event, the car show, will present 200 to 300 classic cars in the parking lot behind the American Legion building.
Lind said that community members are invited to volunteer and that some already have. “We’ve had a number of local people that don’t belong to the club say ‘You need help that weekend? Because I want to help,’” he said.
The Fall Campout will be held Sept. 7-9. The agreement is a two-year deal, so the campout will return in 2013. Community members who are interested in volunteering should call Gary Ojard at 218-830-0611.