Travel back in time during Pomona State Park’s retro weekend

If you ever wanted to experience the great outdoors like they did back in yesteryear, this weekend is your chance. Step back in time during the Going Retro Car, Vintage Trailer And Antique Boat Show, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at Pomona State Park.

According to the Friends of Pomona State Park, hosts of the weekend event, more than 50 vintage trailers have registered for the event, the largest group since the annual show began. Visitors can tour and see inside the vintage camping trailers, talk to the owners, and remember a long-ago time. Some of the trailers have been preserved as original, others have been renovated with more creature comforts, and some are “glampers” (glamorous camping). Spectators can vote for their favorites.

The car show this year includes additional trophies: People’s Choice, Rangers’ Choice, Top 5, Best of Eras (40s and older, 50s, 60s,70s, and 80s and newer), Best Original, and Best Car Club participation. The Rangers’ Choice award is a large metal cut-out of the winner’s own vehicle provided by local artist Ted Craig, owner of Prairie Fire Metal Arts.

For car show participants, registration begins at 8 a.m.; $15 for each car. After awards are presented, all cars will caravan for a cruise across the dam. Show vehicles are not required to pay the state park’s $5 daily car permit.

The fifth annual Going Retro Car, Vintage Trailer and Antique Boat Show is coordinated by Friends of Pomona State Park and Pomona State Park. The concession stand will open at 8 a.m. with coffee and LaMont Hill Restaurant cinnamon rolls.  The lunch menu will include hot dogs and pulled pork sandwiches.

Vehicle owners of all makes and models, car enthusiasts, vintage camping trailer owners, those interested in seeing the vintage camping trailers, and those just wanting to get some exercise outdoors are all invited. For more information, call Don or Zo Torrey at 785-806-2308.

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