Engines revved, music echoed, and people gathered to be transported back in time on Main Street in Osakis, where the Central Lakes Cruzers held a show and shine car show on Saturday, July 10.
From the Bowling Bar and Grill to Osakis Family Foods, cars from the early 1900s to the modern 2020s filled the street for spectators to admire.
The show started at 9 a.m. with DJ “Bullet Bob” playing hits from the 1950s, giving the street a vibe straight from the movie American Graffiti.
Spectators of all ages came out to be a part of the event.
Lonnie Clark of Osakis brought his family from the Cities to do some fishing and when he decided to show them the town he grew up in, they stumbled upon the car show.
“I wanted to show the young ones the town that their grandpa grew up. We started seeing old cars drive by everywhere and figure there must be a show,” said Clark, adding that with all the vintage cars “it pretty much looks how it did when I was growing up here.”
The show featured cars new and old and even a few replicas. A Mazda, with custom stickering to look like Lightning McQueen from the Disney film, Cars, and a red Ford Gran Torino that one would recognize if they ever watched the classic show, Starsky and Hutch, cop light and all.
“I like coming to these shows. I love all the old cars and seeing how people build and design them,” said Blake Ludwig, a teenage spectator from out of town.
Stan Hagen of Alexandria remarked that the best thing about these shows is the people. “It’s good to be around people that share the same enthusiasm and love for cars as you do,” said Hagen.
Residents of Galeon Senior Living were able to get in on the action as the show cars first made a pit stop at Galeon during their cruise around the lake. The residents were all smiles as drivers in old and new cars honked and waved to them as they made their loop through the center’s parking lot.
The cruise ended at the Osakis liquor store, where a bouja feed was held. Bouja is basically a stew that includes just about anything and everything.
The show and shine was a free, open to the public event sponsored by NAPA Auto Parts of Osakis, First National Bank of Osakis, and the Osakis Area Chamber of Commerce.