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Kaneland Connection: Classic cars and pumpkins headed to Lions Park

ELBURN – Looking for a way to enhance an already successful event, the Elburn Lions Club has added a kid-friendly twist to its annual car show.

On Oct. 6, the club will welcome decorated pumpkins to go with its collection of classic cars. Jeff Miller, the event’s chairman, said it was the result of a brainstorming session after last year’s car showcase at Lions Park, 500 Filmore St., Elburn.

“We have great facilities and great food,” he said. “Let’s try to get some younger kids involved.”

The car show runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6 at Lions Park, and participants in the pumpkin contest are invited to drop off their decorated pumpkins between 9 and 11 a.m.

The pumpkin event isn’t limited to youths, either. Categories range from ages 3 to 5 to adult.

Pumpkins will be displayed at the park during the car show, and voting starts at noon.

There are rules. Pumpkins must not be carved or hollowed out. They can be painted, or items can be pinned or glued to the pumpkins.

Each entry must have a title. Winners can get prizes, including admission to Kuiper’s Family Farm, a dozen doughnuts or tickets to the Lions Club’s German Dinner. Complete rules are available at

Providing a draw for kids is another way the Lions Club embraced the challenge of putting on a car show on a Sunday during football season.

And, Miller said, there’s no excuses for football fans to skip the event either. There will be TVs showing football in the clubhouse, so those interested in watching the Bears play the New Orleans Saints at noon can do so.

The car show itself has been a draw, and Miller said a special feature is the “best of the best” class, which seeks to attract those who have won other top car show competitions.

He said there were more than 200 cars at last year’s event, and the club is aiming to reach the 300-car mark. He said those who come for the cars won’t be disappointed.

“There are definitely some outstanding vehicles,” he said. “It’s not uncommon for some of those cars to be worth well over $100,000.”

The event also features a raffle, vendor space, coffee, doughnuts, other food and drinks.

For information, or to register, visit

Veterans Day parade

The Elburn Village Board on Monday night approved plans for the annual Veterans Day parade, which is set for 11 a.m. Nov. 11. The parade starts at the Elburn American Legion, 112 N. Main St., Elburn.

Motorcycle runs in Elburn

Knuckleheads Tavern, 108 E. North St. in Elburn, will host two charitable motorcycle runs in October. The plans were approved Monday night by the Village Board.

On Oct. 6, the tavern will host the Rolling Thunder POW/MIA run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will be on North Street, from Route 47 to First Street, and that stretch of road will be closed during that period.

On Oct. 13, the tavern will host the DuKane Abate Toy Run, which will result in the same stretch of road being closed, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For information on that event, call 630-669-2588 or email 

• Al Lagattolla is the news editor of the Kane County Chronicle. Write to him at

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