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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • McPherson car show sees jump in attendance

  • Classic cars and timeless tunes were the order of the day at the 15th annual Big Mac Rod Run Saturday.
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  • Classic cars and timeless tunes were the order of the day at the 15th annual Big Mac Rod Run Saturday.
    The event featured 87 automobiles spanning the nostalgic to the modern for the public’s perusal.
    Completing the Americana atmosphere were a soundtrack of early rock-’n’-roll hits from the ’50s and ’60s and a United Way concession stand serving burgers, brats and pulled pork sandwiches.
    Doug Pierson said the event had been scaled back from previous years, making the strong public turnout this year a triumph.
    “It was excellent,” Pierson said. “People really like being able to sit back and enjoy the music and the cars, and the quality of the cars was amazing. We had cars from as far away as Chanute, Wichita, Junction City and Hays.”
    Sean Hoag, whose red 1973 Pontiac Firebird was on display, said it was a good mix of cars with selections he hadn’t seen very often.
    “This is my first time coming,” Hoag said, “and I’m really enjoying it.”
    Besides looking at the cars, contestants and attendees could participate in a number of other activities, including a trivia contest and a 50/50 pot drawing. Participants could leave money in a pot, and at the end of the event, a winner was drawn. The winner would get half the money from the pot, with the other half going to McPherson charities.
    McPherson County United Way executive director Anne Kirchner said the concession stand was successful, as it sold out of burger and pulled pork by noon.
    “This is our first year doing this,” Kirchner said, “and it’s a good day. We’re getting to see people we don’t normally see, and people are being very generous.”

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