Winnebago’s MotoFest set for Friday, Saturday

WINNEBAGO – The 34th annual MotoFest on Friday and Saturday isn’t just about vehicles. There’s plenty of other stuff to do too, like kids activities, parades and a rodeo.

The Classic Car Show runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at West City Park. Registration is from 8 a.m. to noon with honors awarded at 2 p.m., said Don Selvig, treasurer of the MotoFest Committee.

“It varies, some years, we’ve had 50 (vehicles),” he said. “Depends on the weather. If it’s sunny, they come.”

But MotoFest isn’t just about cars – there’s a lot of other activities taking place over the two-day event.

The Bevcomm appreciation lunch starts at 11 a.m. Friday at Marketplace Foods’ parking lot on Main Street.

“It’s kind of the kick-off to the event,” Selvig said.

More food will be served at 5 p.m. Friday in the West City Park, where the committee will dish up a pulled-pork supper.

The kids will have their chance to shine at 6:30 p.m. Friday on the rodeo grounds. Mutton busting will be featured for the third year and jackass races will take off for the second time.

The men’s softball tournament starts Friday and runs through Saturday, and the home run derby is set for 9 p.m. Friday.

Schooter’s Bar and Grill will have karaoke at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Saturday is a full day and starts off early with the Firemen’s Pancake Breakfast at 6:30 a.m. at the fire hall.

Registration for the 5K Fun Run begins at 7:30 a.m. and the run itself starts at 8 a.m. from the Municipal Building.

Registration for the Antique Tractor Pull starts at 8:30 a.m.

A Rodeo Slack preview begins at 9 a.m.

For history buffs (or those who want air conditioning), the Winnebago Area Museum will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

More kids events are set up at West City Park, including a coin dig and MT Balloon Art. Also at the park will be a home-based vendor/craft show and bingo games.

The dunk tank should draw a crowd, with local dignitaries losing their dignity.

“I know the mayor (Jeremiah Schutt) is one of them,” Selvig said.

Food stands and a beer garden will be available throughout the day.

The kiddie parade will start at 1 p.m. Saturday in the West City Park, and it’s a sight to behold, Selvig said.

“The kids get dressed up – whatever their parents want them to be,” Selvig joked. “Some are on bikes, some are on trikes, I’ve seen wagons.”

The Grand Parade starts at 4 p.m. Saturday.

“So far, we have over 80 units,” Selvig said.

The Grand Parade starts on First Avenue Northwest and turns on First Street Southwest.

“Same parade route it’s been for years,” Selvig said.

Come early for good positions because a lot of people show up, he added.

“We have hundreds and hundreds of people there,” Selvig said, estimating 1,500 people turn out.

The Lions Club will serve a chicken dinner from 5-7 p.m. at West City Park to fortify everyone for the evening’s big event of Randy St. Peter’s Rodeo at 6:30 p.m.

“It draws people from quite an area,” Selvig said, adding he couldn’t think of another rodeo staged in the area. “We have people coming from 100 miles away.”

Admission to the rodeo is by advanced tickets or at the gate. Adults are $12 and kids ages 6-12 are $5 in advance; Adult tickets are $15 and kids 6-12 are $7 at the gate. Kids 5 and under are free.

“Even if you aren’t into rodeos, it’s fun to watch,” Selvig said. “It’s not just the animals and cowboys; you got clowns, too. The announcers keep people involved. And there’s bantering back and forth between the announcers and clowns.”