ELBURN – This fall marks the 25th year for the Fall Classic Elburn Lions All Wheel Car Show held on Oct. 7 at Lions Park.
Lions Club member Jeff Miller, one of the event’s organizers for the past decade, said this annual fundraiser is a chance for the Elburn Lions to give back to the community.
The proceeds from this year’s event will go towards a number of local charitable and veteran’s organizations including the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and the sponsorship of two veterans chosen to participate in a Wings of Freedom Flight aboard an authentic World War II B-17 bomber.
Last year’s show raised more than $7500, with more than 450 cars and trucks participating. According to Miller, organizations benefitting from those revenues included Wayside Cross, Conley Outreach, Lily Lake Boy Scout Troop to sponsor campers, the Leos Veterans’ Dinner, the Elburn Legion and more.
Admission to the show is free, but those entering cars into the show will pay $20 after Sept. 22, according to the form on the website.
Miller said they anticipate that between 300 and 400 cars and motorcycles will take part in Sunday’s event. The event will take place come rain or shine, but Miller said the level of participation is always affected by the weather.
“Hopefully, the weather will cooperate,” Miller said.
The festivities actually begin the day before the show, with a Saturday Driving Cruise through the surrounding countryside. The cruise wraps up back at the Lions Park Club House with several activities followed by a rib-eye steak dinner.
This event, geared towards couples, will feature several presentations, one from a representative of the National Street Hot Rod Association on what inspectors look for in a vehicle safety inspection and one on how a car authentication is conducted. Non-vehicle related activities include a flower arrangement class and one for making gift cards.
The family-friendly main event on Sunday features activities for everyone. Youngsters will participate in a pumpkin-decorating contest. Other activities include a craft show, a swap meet and vendors’ exhibits, and children will have access to the Lions Park playground.
Sporting events will be available for viewing on flat-screen T.V.s in the club house, and a DJ from Carousel Sound will play music from the 1950s and 60s throughout the day.
Donuts and coffee will be served in the morning, and a full concession of food, including hot dogs and hamburgers, pork tenderloin and steak sandwiches, French fries and onion rings will be available for purchase during the afternoon, as well as a cash bar.
A front-engine dragster will run at noon. In addition, according to the Elburn Lions website, there will also be “a great display of amazing automotive historical and custom vehicles.”
A Best of the Best competition where Best of Show vehicles from the area compete to be the best custom or stock examples will take place. Previous winners have gone on to compete on a national level.
“We’ll have a great selection of cars,” Miller said. “Come on down; enjoy the cars and enjoy the day.”