Minnesota Street Rod Association “Back to the 50’s Weekend” took over the State Fair grounds with almost 12,000 street rodders dating 1964 and older.
“MSRA’s back to the 50’s week is the largest outdoor street rod event in the nation,” said J.Marie Fieger, Media Relations. “It’s very family friendly.”
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Back to the 50’s Weekend is an outdoor event. When inclement weather happens, the owners invent creative ways to protect their up to $100K cars. “If it rains, owners close the windows, put on car covers, and some lean over their car if there’s hail,” said Fieger.
The 46th Annual Back to the 50’s Weekend runs June 21-23 at the Minnesota State Fair grounds. Information on hours and admission can be found on the MSRA website.
Vendors are open for food and merchandise. The State Fair space needle is operating and the gondola ride. A Cruise-N-Art Craft Fair offers a variety of items from local and out-state artists and crafters. 1950’s music is played throughout the grounds, and free entertainment is offered all weekend. Even Steichen’s grocery store, a fixture at the State Fair, is open for business. Martha’s Cookies is baking, too.
A Back to the 50’s swap meet is on site to find a part for your car or “Man Cave art.” But the Minnesota Street Rod Association isn’t just for the guys. A Ladies Showcase with speakers, giveaways, games, and dance lessons are part of all three days.
Vehicle owners attend from all over the U.S, Canada, and even foreign countries. Kim and Joe from Menomonee Falls, Wisc. brought their maroon Cadillac.
Of the almost 12,000 cars (and trucks) at the Back to the 50’s Weekend, some are driven on the road and some hauled on trailers. Some are highly modified, while some are original.
Adding to the fun are the details and personality owners often include with the street rodder theme of Back to the 50’s: poodle skirts, costumes and ideas.
A classic car auction attracted hundreds of potential bidders.
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Every color of car imaginable was presented this weekend.