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Car Shows In The MonDak


Photo from a past year of the Badlands Drifters Car Club in Glendive, MT. (Submitted photo)

A number of upcoming events are planned in the MonDak region for car enthusiasts. From classic cars to hot rods, there will be more than a few occasions to stop by area towns to peruse impressive vehicles on display that were brought from far and near to be shown in style.

The Sheridan Classics Car Club, which is in Plentywood, MT, has several events on the calendar for the weekend of June 1-2. There will be a "Meat and Greet" at the Harvest Church Plentywood Campus and will be a family and kid-friendly event. The event will include a "burn-out contest" and barbeque, which will be paid for by a free-will offering. This will kick off the next day's bigger event.

Now in its 43rd year, the Motorcraze Weekend Car and Bike Show in Plentywood will feature vehicles from all over the region and beyond. The two-day event will be held at the Sheridan County Fairgrounds and will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 1 and will allow registration and parking of vehicles at 1 p.m. Later in the afternoon, votes for various categories for best-in-show will be taken and tallied, with awards given at 2:30 p.m. A parade will follow at 3 p.m., and a catered banquet at 7 p.m. that evening. Transportation will be provided from town to the fairgrounds via shuttle every thirty minutes or so. Also that evening, the Plentywood Fire Department will host a rib cook-off, with proceeds going to benefit the Plentywood Fire Department.

The Roundup spoke to Jason Rusbult, who explained the variety to be expected at the show, explaining, "We've got all kinds of different vehicles coming. We have some British vehicles that are coming down from Canada, we have some exotic cars coming down from Canada and will be bringing Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Porches and that type of thing."

"We've got everything from Model-Ts to Corvettes to new Challengers," Rusbult continued. "It is pretty much open to anything."

Rusbult spoke of the show's influence and impact on the small town, saying, "We do it for the love of the car. We love looking at other people's cars that they spend so much time working on. It is a big thing as far as Plentywood goes. We usually have a hundred cars that show up. There's a good number of Canadians that come down. We work on this all year trying to put this together."

There is a small registration fee for those showing their vehicles, but no fee for those attending the show. If one desires more information, they may call show president, Jason, at 406-480-0015.

Williston, ND will also be hosting a car show at its annual Band Day Celebration on May 12. In its 42nd year, the citywide festivity will again feature vehicles on display for the public to peruse and admire. Beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 5 p.m. on May 12, the event will be held at the Raymond Family Community Center in Williston. This event has a general admission price of five dollars, with those twelve and under getting in free. To register a vehicle to show, the price is twenty dollars. Raffle prizes and show awards will also be provided.

The Williston car show, hosted by the Basin Kruzers, has multiple categories for awards. There are four award classes for cars, based upon year, model, four truck classes, Best of Show, Tuner Class, People's Choice, Street Rods, Motorcycles, and under 21 years of age.

Basin Kruzers organizer, Doug Ginther, spoke to the Roundup and said, "We have several out of town vehicles this year coming. These include hot rods from Canada, some Edsels from South Dakota, and we're going to have some new high-tech Highway Patrol cars that nobody has really even seen yet. It will be a surprise to us, too."

Ginther told The Roundup, "We are also going to have a 1935 patrol control, which is one of the first patrol cars ever. It will be coming from a museum in Fargo. We also have some Hemi cars, both old and new, that guys have built. Some new Challengers will be there. Hopefully we'll have a brand new Corvette there."

For more information regarding the event, you can call Doug Ginther at 701-770-5447.

The Watford City Chamber holds a car show during their Best of the West Ribfest event each year. This year's event will take place Aug. 10. For more information visit

Car enthusiasts in Sidney, MT, have taken an altogether different approach to their vehicular hobbies, making their car show a weekly affair throughout the summer.

Gene Trudell explained the car show to The Roundup, "We thought we would just get together and visit while people are already out running around. We get together on Wednesday evenings at have 20 to 40 cars there every night. We've had people from as far Grenora, North Dakota or Glendive come. People from Williston even come."

"We meet in the Reynolds parking lot," Trudell continued, "and Reynolds has been really good about it. Everybody has been quite supportive of it. Young people and old people show up, and it gives husbands an opportunity to do something while their wife is shopping, so it's good for everybody."

Trudell said, "It's from about 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at night. We've even had riding lawnmowers down there. There are pickups, cars, motorcycles, and virtually everything you would want to see."

Trudell says that the vehicles can be seen every Wednesday night from the first part of May to the end of September. For more information, you can contact Gene Trudell at 406-480-3939.

Glendive, Montana will also have a car show on June 22-23, hosted by the Badlands Drifters. Registration for this event will be next to NAPA at the Westpark Plaza parking lot and will begin Friday evening at 5:30 p.m. Scheduled events for the "Cars in the Park 2018" event will be the Cruise and Fun Run, Participant Dash plaques, concessions, a crafts show, door prizes, goody bags, and more than 30 trophies to give away. At 9 p.m. on Friday evening there will be a Midnight Gearhead Gathering at the Westpark Plaza parking lot.

The Roundup spoke to Jerry Glaser, an event organizer, who explained that the Glendive car show is actually quite sizeable.

Glaser said, "Just when you think you've seen them all, you see something new. We usually have between 150 and 200 vehicles. This is going to be our 29th year and we're really excited about it."

For more information, you can contact Glaser at 406-365-5342.


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