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Classic Car Show ’n Shine rolls into town

Marv Spomer’s car and neon sign collection is shown on Oxford Street, Worthington. Tim Middagh/Daily Globe

WORTHINGTON — As the month of May rolls to an end, the cars will roll in for the Classic Car Show ’n Shine hosted at Spomer Classics museum.

The 11th annual Worthington car show will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

“It’s a fun time of the year,” said Marv Spomer, owner of Spomer Classics and organizer of the event.

Spomer has seen the show develop each year, and he hopes this will be no exception.

“Last year we had 250 (cars) so I would expect somewhere between 200 and 300,” he said.

Although there is no pre-registration, he anticipates seeing many cars from the Twin Cities as well as from Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska.

As this is one of the first car shows of the season, Spomer hopes owners will be excited to get their cars out for Memorial weekend.

“We tried it at different times before, but this works the best,” he said of his chosen date.

“A lot of car shows have judging,” he noted. “We like to keep a relaxed atmosphere.”

The Worthington show sees a broad variety of cars each year, dating from the early 1910s to 2016 models.

Cars won’t be the only thing for spectators to enjoy Saturday, as the Westminster Presbyterian Church youth group will sell food.

Spomer emphasized that the event wouldn’t exist without community support.

“The city is very helpful in supplying us some barricades, and the school district helps paint the lines for the cars,” he noted. “Also, the (Worthington Chamber of Commerce) is just outstanding.”

In addition to the car show outside, the museum will be open for viewing.

“Unfortunately, I’m not able to give tours on that day, but I hope people will schedule a tour and come back,” Spomer said.

The museum typically sees the most visitors in early June, however Spomer has been busy with tours throughout May.

“We’ve already had a group from Belgium, and there are a few people from the Netherlands coming this week,” he said.

“Cars are secondary here in the museum,” said Spomer of his collection. “Everybody has cars, but we focus more on the memorabilia.”

The Show ’n Shine will conclude at 2 p.m. with “Cruisin’ Lake Okabena.”

“It wouldn’t be a success without the people that bring their cars — and the volunteers,” said Spomer.

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