Car Shows

Top Ten Car Shows

It’s time for weekend road tripping ideas along Henry County back roads for car buffs and enthusiasts.

Car shows dot the landscape May through September. Some are the main event, while others are a part of a larger festival; all are guaranteed to excite car enthusiasts. See the cars your parents had, cars you had as a teenager in high school, cars you wish you had, and cars you never saw or will see again!

May 13

ALPHA CAR SHOW PART OF THRIFTY ON 150

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. • 309-629-8103

Travel to the southwest corner of Henry County and view over 150 cars, enjoy food prepared by the fire department and Lions Club.  Alpha is on US Highway 150 in the southwest corner of the county.

June 4

ANNAWAN FUN DAYS CAR SHOW

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. • 309-935-5566 • www.annawanillinois.org

Historic Route 6 and vintage cars are a match made in heaven. View a variety of cars that are restored by local enthusiasts. The car show is located in front of Woody’s Garage, a gas and oil collectors’ haven! Annawan is off I-80 on the eastern side of the county.

SHOW AND SHINE COLONA CAR SHOW

309-781-5634 • www.colonail.com

Over 100 vintage cars line the canal for a day of cruising the canal while looking at all makes and models of cars. Vote for your favorite car beginning at noon until 1pm. Awards are presented at 2 p.m.  Colona is just off I-80 and I-74 in the northwest corner of the county.

July 14 & 15

DOWNTOWN KEWANEE CAR SHOW

309-852-2175 • www.kewanee-il.com

Cruise-in held Friday night downtown on the corner of Tremont and Third. Saturday, classic and vintage cars roll into downtown Kewanee and line the street for a top 100 car show. Kewanee is on US Highway 34 in the southeast corner of the county.

July 23

BISHOP HILL ANTIQUE CAR SHOW

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. • 308-932-2474 • www.bishophill.com

Spend the day in this utopia on the prairie.   Village Park showcases annually over 100 vintage cars. This is a 20 class show with the best of show awards presented at the 3 p.m. award ceremony. The park is surrounded by specialty shops, galleries, eateries, historic sites, and a B&B. Bishop Hill is on a county road in the south-central part of the county.

August 5

CAMBRIDGE FEST AND AUTO SHOW

8 a.m. to 7 p.m. • 309-937-2570 • www.cambridgemainstreet.org

In the early morning, Cambridge streets begin to fill with cars, trucks, and tractors. Pack up the kids, fill up the car, and head to Cambridge for this 24 class show with best of show presented at the 3 p.m. award ceremony. Other activities include trackless train rides, craft and food vendors, and endless fun throughout the day.  Cambridge is on Illinois Highway 81 in the center of the county.

August 12

FREEDOM FEST CAR SHOW

8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. • 309-932-2555 • www.galvafreedomfest.org

Wiley Parks’ beautiful trees provide shade to view over 125 varieties of cars, trucks, and motorcycles on display. Bring your lawn chair, sit back and enjoy the 50’s and 60’s music. Participant judged Top 75 award presentation begins at 3 p.m. Galva is on US Highway 34 in the southeast part of the county.

August 26

ATKINSON GRAFFITTI CAR SHOW

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. • 309-502-9955 • www.atkinson-il.org

Join a celebration of small-town life and friendly gear heads willing to share their knowledge of their vintage rod. It’s an intimate family affair for all.  Awards are given for the grooviest, coolest, hottest, and sweetest car.   Click here for registration and categories. Atkinson is just off I-80 in the eastern half of the county.

September 3

RAY BEHNKE MEMORIAL MODEL T AND A ROAD RALLY

12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. • 309-278-5118 or 852-4644 • www.KewaneeHogDays.com

Travel the back roads and enjoy 83 scenic miles of fun, driving round-trip beginning in Kewanee to Galva, to historic Bishop Hill, a National Trust and Illinois State Historic Site, and back to Kewanee.  Winner is simple luck of the poker chip draw. Kewanee is on US Highway 34 in the southeast corner of the county; Bishop Hill is on a county road on the south-central edge of the county.

September 9

TRAINS, PLANES AND AUTOMOBILES GENESEO MAPLE CITY CRUISERS CAR SHOW

9 a.m. to 2 p.m. • 309-944-2686 • www.geneseo.org

It’s all about travel in Geneseo during Trains, Planes, and Automobiles weekend.  Geneseo’s historic downtown is lined with over 300 vintage automobiles along the streets.  Registration is free and 15 category trophies presented during the 2 p.m. awards ceremony.  Geneseo is off I-80 in the north-central part of the county.

Henry County is located in western Illinois, between the Quad Cities and Galesburg, Ill.  The fertile farmland is bisected by the Hennepin Canal and dotted with charming small towns, replete with antique shops, bakeries, farm markets, and country cafés.  For information on everything you need to plan a getaway, contact the Henry County Tourism Bureau toll-free at 877-436-7926.