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Black Knights review Sweet Corn Days Car Show, plan for another

August 8, 2014
By Michael Tidemann - Staff Writer , Estherville News

Black Knights Car Club members didn't take much time to rest on their laurels at Tuesday night's meeting at the Estherville VFW. After debriefing their Sweet Corn Days Car Show, they looked at finishing touches on their classic car show Saturday, Aug. 16 and the third annual Cruise The Lakes car cruise Sunday, Aug. 17 on Highway 86 at West Okoboji.

Sweet Corn Days Car Show coordinator Matt Stine first critiqued this past Saturday's car show.

"I think it went well," said Stine, noting that parking could be adjusted next year on Eighth Street. Stine said the city did a good job of clearing off the street and that a lot of visitors said they had walked around the cars twice.

Marty Domek said Stine's Hot Wheel track was pretty busy with kids racing their cars at the Sweet Corn Days cruise-in last Friday night.

President Rod Ross underscored that the classic car show Aug. 16 is totally a Black Knights event and will be located on property next to the Okoboji Classic Car Museum. Registrations are pouring in from South Dakota, a dozen from southern Iowa and Des Moines.

Ninety trophies ranging from four feet to one foot tall will be awarded. Each class will have three places, with three special classes - Best of Show, Ladies Choice ballot box and People's Choice ballot box. Those three trophies will be four feet tall.

The show will be hosted by the Black Knights and Okoboji Classic Car Museum and located on property just west of museum which is owned by the Good Samaritan Society which is donating the use of the property for the weekend. Visitors are always welcome. A variety of concessions will be available along with 50's, 60's and 70's music.

Ross said four professional judges will be coming from Scottsdale, Ariz. Anyone who would like to judge who is not associated with the club should contact For updated information on the Aug. 16 car show and Aug. 17 cruise go to or

The car show will have 30 classes with registration from 9-11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16 and awards at 4 p.m. Registration for the Cruise The Lakes tour will be 9 a.m. to noon Sunday, Aug. 17 with the cruise starting at noon.

Kenny Billings, Cruise The Lakes coordinator, said he hopes to see 200-300 cars. He estimates the cruise will take from noon to about 3:20 p.m.

Members agreed that Black Knights members should not be eligible for the car show.

As a side note, Tom Inman said the Estherville Fire Department had bought its rescue truck after having raised $60,000. He said he would like to bring the truck to the club's September meeting for a photo.



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