It was supposed to be a one-off, 30th anniversary celebration for their parents, but the Winjum’s Shady Acres Resort Car Show and Outdoor Concert, now in its third year, has become an end-of-summer staple on Roberds Lake.
The annual celebration takes place from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 9 with a car and truck show before a street dance with the Old Country Boys takes over. To finish the night, participants will be treated to a professional fireworks show.
Admission is free as a show of appreciation for the seasonal campers and frequenters of the resort.
“We do this as an appreciation for our customers and our campers,” said Pam Sartor, event organizer, general manager and daughter of Roy and Mirna Winjum. “We have a great group of seasonal campers out here.”
For 30 years, Roy Winjum hosted hayrides, but Sartor and her brother Jon Winjum decided to change it up for the 30th anniversary.
“My dad’s got some classic cars and he doesn’t get too much time to show ‘em off, so we got a car show going just for him,” said Jon. “It does mean quite a bit for us.”
After the first edition of the lakeside celebration, Sartor and Jon Winjum decided to bring the event back due to “a lot of positive comments” and the fact that “everybody had a good time.”
The car show and celebration serve as an alternative to the “big, huge” Defeat of Jesse James Days celebration in Northfield. The Winjums hope that the people who drive out to eat at their restaurant or choose to stay with them during the summer will come out for one last hurrah.
While the event is now celebrated annually, the first one almost didn’t happen. Roy Winjum thought of throwing a 25-year anniversary bash, but the Winjums simply forgot, said Jon.
So, for the 30th, they hoped to end summer with a bang, adding fireworks and the Old Country Boys to the festivities.
“We got in touch with a local guy who does fireworks professionally,” said Jon. “It’s really fun and a great fireworks show for the end of the season, even for a little place like ours.”
Jon Winjum said the addition of the band was to draw in some more young adults for the evening portion of the festivities.
Overall, the Winjums hope that Faribault will come celebrate the end of summer with them next weekend as a show of appreciation for their patronage.
“It’s an appreciation thing,” said Jon. “We get a lot of people who come out from town all summer long, eat at our restaurant. We see a lot of classic cars and motorcycles along the way. We decided that this is for the customers so they don’t forget about us come next spring.”