Port Byron church plans Sept. 16 car show

PORT  BYRON — Countryside Christian Church at 3817 230 St. N., Port Byron, will host its 6th annual Cruise-In 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 16.

The Rev. Deron Boyer is praying for good weather.

“Weather has to be perfect, or they don’t come out,” he said of the classic car owners. Weather permitting, the church  expects about 50 vehicles ranging from hot rods to muscle cars “and anything in between,” according to a new release from the church. “Anything on wheels is welcome.”

No entry fees will be charged.

The Mississippi Valley Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America is this year’s featured group. Club members will display around seven cars and provide information about its club and cars.

“The cruise-in is an opportunity to meet new people we don’t know yet and to raise money to support International Disaster Emergency Services,” church spokesman Jerry Hansen said. “With all the flooding in the Houston area, they need the help.”

Also known as IDES, the agency also helped build and provide permanent sheds to people plagued by tornadoes in March 2016, Rev. Boyer said.

Between 200 and 250 spectators are expected to attend, he said. Music, kids games, a bounce house and free food and drinks will be available.

Dash plaques will be presented to the first 50 cars, with prizes awarded to the oldest car and the vehicle coming from the furthest away.

Auto Weber Group in Silvis also will donate a red 2002 Pontiac Grand AM GT to be awarded in a silent bid auction. Rev. Boyer said he will be among the bidders for the car — he wants to give his two teenage boys, who need the transportation help.

For more details, email countrysidecc@frontier.net, call 309-523-2834 or visit countrysidecc.org.

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