LINDSBORG — When people come to the Smoky Valley Classic Car Show, it can be as much for the conversations as for the vehicles.

“Many of the people who participate know each other so it’s like meeting up with friends,” said Lindsborg Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Holly Lofton.

The Smoky Valley Classic Car Show returns to Swensson Park at 400 N. Main St. in Lindsborg on Aug. 5.

“Swensson Park is always a great venue for that, with lots of shade,” Lofton said. “It’s so walkable to downtown, where you can get something to eat from a variety of restaurants.”

With nearly 100 cars registered so far, the park will be filled with a variety of vehicles for attendees to admire.

“I think the fun part of this is that it is a classic car show,” Lofton said. “The people that come know that it has a tradition of being good.”

Shirts commemorating the car show will be available, as well as other automotive-themed items and food and drink offerings from vendors.

Awards given out at the Smoky Valley Classic Car Show will include honors for the Best Engine, Best Street Rod, Mayor’s Choice, Club Participation and the Long Haul Award. Other categories like the Police Chief’s Choice and Sheriff’s Choice awards are given to cars most likely to be stopped by law enforcement, and the Kansas Highway Patrol award for the car most likely to be stopped for no particular reason.

Rhonda Harper plans to participate in the Smoky Valley Classic Car Show with a 1966 red Ford Mustang.

“People should come and see the show because it is in a shaded venue,” Harper said, “and there is so much to do in Lindsborg while they are in town.”

Lindsborg’s downtown boasts dozens of choices for shopping and dining, from coffee houses to art galleries to gift shops, many reflecting the town’s Swedish history.

“There is an awesome downtown with quaint little shops and restaurants,” Harper said. “Such a rich heritage is evident everywhere you look.”

Swensson Park also has a shelter for picnics and the Viking Valley Swedish heritage playground for kids which includes a tree house, rocket ship, climbing wall and a castle.

“The weather’s supposed to be fantastic, which is great,” Lofton said.

The registration fee for entering the Smoky Valley Classic Car Show is $20 on the day of the show, which begins at 8 a.m. Judging will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and awards are scheduled to be given out from 3 to 3:30 p.m. Dash plaques will be given to the first 125 entries.

For more information about the Smoky Valley Classic Car Show, call 888-227-2227 or visit

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