The 17th annual Anoka Classic Car Show kicked off its 2019 season June 1 with more than 400 vehicles on display in downtown Anoka.
Car show organizers Brad and Deb Holmbo, of Ramsey, have been organizing the shows for the last 12 years. They started volunteering after having Saturday date nights at the shows.
“We’re all here because we love cars and we want to celebrate and learn more about them,” Brad Holmbo said.
“I love spending time down here at the shows,” added Mary Holmbo. “It’s a lot of fun!”
The Anoka Classic Car Shows run 5 p.m. to dusk on June 8, 15 and 19; July 6 and 27; Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 24; and Sept. 1 and 14.
The shows take place directly behind the Anoka County Government Center, 2100 Third Ave., Anoka. Participants who have vehicle entries can enter the show at the intersection of Van Buren Street and Fourth Avenue. All other streets will be barricaded during the show hours.
All car entries must be older than 1985. Brad Holmbo said the show has room for over 600 cars, but averages 300-400 a night.
“I love to wander around and look at the cars,” he said. “The people who participate in these shows really love what they do and take great pride in their cars.”
A few of Brad Holmbo’s favorite entries have been a 1958 Chevrolet Impala, a 1962 Chevrolet Corvette, a “Back to the Future” 1983 DMC DeLorean and a “Ghostbusters” 1959 Cadillac professional chassis.
“You can always find something unique at our shows,” he said. “Our shows take people back, and there is a lot of nostalgia for the cars.”
Volunteer Dave Way, of Andover, said everyone should come check out the Anoka Classic Car Show even if they know very little about cars.
“I know nothing about cars, but it’s so enjoyable to see these classic cars up close and see what their owners have done with them,” Way said. “The amount of time and money people put into these cars is astounding, and they do great work.”
All the car shows are free for spectators. The fees to enter a care in the show is $4.
“We try to keep the Anoka Classic Car Show as family friendly and affordable as possible,” Brad Holmbo said.
A quarter of all funds raised go toward funding Anoka County programs such as local food shelves, Alexandra House, Youth First and more. The rest of the funds, after all event costs, will go to Boy Scouts Troop 233 out of Zion Lutheran Church in Anoka.
“There is so much to love about the Anoka Classic Car Show,” said volunteer Dave Walters, of Coon Rapids. “The fee is reasonable, and it’s all going towards a great cause, and it helps the community.”
The Anoka Classic Car Show will host the first annual Spooktakular Halloween Car Show 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5. This is the only show where all years, makes and models are welcome. Admission costs and a location will be announced later.
To learn more about the Anoka Classic Car Show, visit anokaclassiccarshow.org.