by Keith Beebe
MAPLE PARKâ€”Car and motorcycle fans who want to see some fancy stock and custom rides will not want to miss Maple Park Fun Fest this year.
The Fun Fest Car Show, fresh off of a one-year hiatus, will make its return on Sunday, Sept. 5, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The showâ€™s categories are best Ford, Chevy, GM, Mopar and an overall â€œBest in Show,â€ and the judging will be done by actual car show participants instead of a panel.
â€œWe expecting around 150 entries (this year), which is about our limit on asphalt parking on Main Street,â€ car show organizer Rob Stewart said. â€œThere will be 40 trophies awarded, and each vehicle receives a dash plaque for their participation.â€
Village President Kathy Curtis and Police Chief Mike Acosta will award a Mayorâ€™s Choice and a Police Chiefâ€™s Choice trophy, Stewart said.
While the car show is a returning favorite, the Fun Fest Motorcycle Show is making its debut this year.
â€œWeâ€™re hoping for at least 50 entries this year, and weâ€™re asking anyone who rides (motorcycles) to come out and be a part of this event,â€ Fun Fest committee member Wally Elliott said. â€œWeâ€™ll be featuring custom bikes, rat bikes, stock bikes, twin-cylinder and foreign bikes.â€
Several motorcycle association chapters from around the area will participate in the motorcycle show, said Elliott, who is co-owner of the HD Rockers bar in Maple Park. Both motorcycle experts and local officials will judge their entries.
â€œWeâ€™ll be giving away plaques for different classes, and weâ€™ll have a photographer available,â€ Elliott said.
â€¢ Car Show registration is from 8 a.m. to noon. The judging portion of the show is from noon to 2 p.m. The car show registration fee is $20 on the day of the event, and just $15 for people who register early. Call Rob Stewart, (815) 793-8710.
â€¢ Motorcycle Show registration takes place from noon to 1 p.m. and judging will be at 2 p.m. Registration for the motorcycle show is $10.