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Annual Spomer Classics Show ‘n Shine is Saturday

The interior of the main showroom at Spomer Classics is pictured in this May 2017 photo. (Tim Middagh / The Globe)

WORTHINGTON — As always, fingers are crossed for good weather as Spomer Classics hosts its 14th annual Classic Car Show ‘n Shine this Saturday.

Highs on Saturday are expected to be in the low 70s, and there’s not a significant chance of precipitation at this point. That’s in stark contrast, of course, to what has been the case for much of this spring.

“Everyone deserves a great day this year,” Spomer Classics owner Marv Spomer said of his hope for pleasant conditions. “We’ve started to hear from a lot of car clubs (about Saturday), and we’re expecting another great turnout this year.”

The yearly Show ‘n Shine typically brings between 200 and 300 vehicles to the Spomer Classics grounds, and Spomer doesn’t expect much different this time around. That’s because the event is not only a showcase for eye-catching automobiles, but for Spomer’s museum itself.

“I kind of hope this whets the appetite for people to want to come back and see more of what’s in the museum’s collection,” Spomer said. “There’s so much history here. The cars are secondary here; it’s all the memorabilia and the signage that’s really primary.”

As is typical, the Classic Car Show ’n Shine will take place beginning at 10 a.m. As is always the case, the show is a non-competitive event. People will begin showing up at Spomer Classics with their vehicles before the official 10 a.m. start, and folks typically come and go throughout up until the event’s 2 p.m. conclusion.

Cars will also begin lining up at about 1:45 p.m. for a cruise around Lake Okabena.

An additional key component of Spomer’s annual Show n’ Shine is the fact that there is no pre-registration and it’s free for all. The show also represents a collaborative effort between Spomer Classics and multiple volunteers. The Southwest Minnesota Car Club, for instance, provides assistance every year, while Westminster Presbyterian Church provides the food.

“You cannot begin to name everybody, but we want to thank all the volunteers that help with this event, including the Chamber, the Worthington Police Department and the car club,” Spomer said.

While Saturday’s event will no doubt attract plenty of people, Spomer also plans to host multiple visitors throughout the summer. He’s already got a group from Alabama planning a visit to Worthington, as well as a biker club and “many other car clubs and groups.” He also encourages any visitor at Saturday’s show to come back to the museum and receive a guided tour (which he won’t offer Saturday because of the anticipated crowd).

Spomer Classics is located at 322 Oxford St., Worthington. For more information, visit www.spomerclassics.com.

Ryan McGaughey

I first joined the Daily Globe in April 2001 as sports editor. I later became the news editor in November 2002, and the managing editor in August 2006. I'm originally from New York State, and am married with two children.

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