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Sukanen does drive-in movie, car show, model show on one day

More than 100 vehicles are usually at the show.
Old-time cars on display.

SUKANEN PIONEER VILLAGE AND MUSEUM —The Sukanen Pioneer Village and Museum has three events in one day for visitors — a model show, car show and drive-in movie.

The first of them on Saturday, June 1 is the seventh annual model engineering show featuring hand-made steam-engineered models that operate like the real ones.

The parts built to scale are mostly made by hand. That show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the new shop building.

In the afternoon at 2 p.m. the annual Show and Shine Spring Fling will display cars, trucks and motorcycles.

Car show time has moved to afternoon to allow volunteers breaks between events, said organizer Robby Downton.

The show is geared to pre-1980s vehicles and offers visitors an opportunity to see all sorts of vehicles driven over a 60-year span and compare how design and function have evolved.

While the show is on all museum buildings are open for viewing and the burger cabin and canteen will operate.

More than 100 vehicles are usually at the show.

The driver and one passenger are admitted free, a feature car owners really like.

After the car show ends at 6 p.m. with awards, Mark Rainey of Bend M Up Metal Works will demonstrate the bead rolling process.

“It’s kind of like embossing metal like you would emboss a letterhead,” said Downton.

The bead metal work is intended to give visitors “something to do in the break between the car show and the movie night,” he said. Gates for the movie open in the grassy area by the elevator at 8:30 p.m., with the show planned for 9 p.m.

“They can pay for the car show and the movie when they come in, or the movie gate when it opens.”

To watch the movie, viewers need an FM radio or they can listen to a loudspeaker broadcast of the audio.

“We have lots of room for cars. We’re hoping for about 150 or so.

“We will have a special concession for the movie.’’

Fees for the movie are $20 for a car of four with $3 for each additional person.

Visitors can walk in to the movie site for $5 and are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

The movie, Super Mario Bros., is the last of the five Mario Bros. movies released. “It is the latest of the shows.’’

Plot of the animated movie has one brother searching for his brother to save the world.

Ron Walter can be reached at [email protected]