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Shined and polished

Southfield prepares for 11th annual car and tractor show

September 6, 2012
Jim Krajewski ( , The Daily Freeman Journal

Vintage and new cars, tractors and more will be featured at the 11th annual Cruisin' South Car and Tractor Show this Sunday to kick off National Assisted Living Week. From 1 to 3 p.m., Marketing Coordinator at Southfield Wellness Community Marilyn Middleton said she expects about 350 people to attend the car show that is as old as the apartments themselves.

The show has grown since it began 11 years ago. It began as a effort to attract people to the assisted living apartments that were erected that same year. It initially began with about 25 vehicles, according to Middleton. This year, she expects about 75. Middleton said everything from Model T cars to brand new cars, tractors and Doodle Bug scooters have been shown in the past.

"Whether you like old cars or new cars, there's going to be one that's going to just knock your socks off," Middleton said.

To accommodate a large number of cars that Middleton said will likely fill their parking lot, she anticipates having to show some cars on the street. She said Southfield will do what it can to make room.

"We want to make sure that everybody who wants to come and show off their vehicle will have an opportunity to do that," Middleton said.

In the past, the show has featured cars from members of the Crusin' Eagles Car Club and the Webster City Cruisers. However, the show is not directly affiliated with those clubs.

New this year, Middleton said people who showcase their vehicles will receive a dashboard plaque commemorating the show. She said drivers have requested plaques, which are often given at various car shows, for some time.

Show attendees will be treated to beverages, movie style popcorn and Barb's famous bars. Middleton said there is no cost for Southfield residents or community members to attend the show and the memories people recall as they view these cars are priceless.

"For the residents, this is a highlight for them to go out into the parking lot and reminisce about many of the cars they remember driving in their youth," Middleton said.

Chamber coffee will be held this Friday at Southfield at 10 a.m. to celebrate the upcoming car and tractor show. For more information, contact Marilyn Middleton at 832-3881.



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