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19th Annual Main Street and Memories Car Show Honors Memorial Day Submitted: 05/26/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray


Photos By Shardaa Gray

TOMAHAWK - The 19th Annual Main Street and Memories Car Show gave hundreds of proud car owners a chance to show off to thousands of spectators.

"It seems like it's a really good turn out. There's a lot of different vehicles here to look at," said Wausau resident, Cody Opper.

"All different kinds of models and makes, so I think it really turned out nice. It's a good show."

"We try to take in five or six a year and this is probably the one we like the best," Merrill resident Gary Dietrich said.

"It's a lot of activities that go with it. A lot of stuff for the kids and everybody else."

"We have a petting zoo for the kids, where they can actually go on horse rides. They can pet animals, feed them," Tomahawk Main Street Executive Director, Justin Lund said.

"Also there's places for everybody to eat. There's a craft fair for people who aren't car enthusiast. It's something for them to enjoy as well."

But for some car enthusiast, this car show isn't about having the best looking car.

"The truck is here to give people the opportunity to see what some of his dreams were," said father of fallen soldier, Brian Jopek.

"And even though it is his truck, it's a reminder to all of them who served the country. "

Brian Jopek's Son Ryan was killed in Iraq.

And remembering the people who served our country is what this holiday is all about.

"Memorial Day is not just for remembering those who served, but remembering what America is all about," Owner of 1941 Plymouth, Gordon Stevenson said.

"This is hometown America. This is honoring what we can do as a people and a country."


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