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Car show is back in Wilkie

Took last year off due to COVID-19 pandemic
Show and Shine
Ian Guenter displays his 2006 Harley Sportster Custom outside of his shop.

WILKIE - After taking a one-year hiatus, Wilkie will once again have a car show, this time called the Wilkie Show n Shine.

Co-organizer Phil Heilman explained the reasoning behind it.

“It was a great thing to happen in Wilkie and something that was sorely missed last year. With restrictions lifting in July, it was an easy decision to get the ball rolling again."

Co-organizers Heilman and Heather Duchscher, who helped bring other car shows to Wilkie from 2017 to 2019, chose Saturday, Sept. 18 as the date. They said it was based on essentially one thing; how early this year’s harvest is.

“We want to bring people in and experience Wilkie as a whole, but it is tough when a large part of those people are sitting in a farm implement,” said Heilman.

The event will be held at the OA Leather/Innovation Credit Union parking lot, located downtown on 2nd Avenue West, from 11 4 p.m. There is a $5 entry fee per vehicle. No food will be available on site, only refreshments.

There will be a 50/50 between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., which is guaranteed at $300 thanks to Country Ford, as well as a draw for car registrants only. There will also be entertainment from Jon Sloan and friends from 11 a.m. to noon. and Dan Wilgenbusch from 2 to 3 p.m. All draws will be completed at 3 p.m., including awards for car owners.

Any proceeds from the event will be split between the Wilkie andDistrict Museum and the Wilkie Food Bank.

To capitalize on the added activity, it was just recently announced that the STARS Pegasus Project Roadshow will be stopping in Wilkie at the Country Ford parking lot on the same day, which is a reschedule from Aug. 5.

Country Ford is sponsoring a barbecue which will run from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Wilkie Fire Department will be on hand cooking burgers, with all proceeds going to STARS. For more information on the project and times, visit

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