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Antique and classic cars will head to Bishop Hill this weekend

BISHOP HILL – The Bishop Hill State Historic Site welcomes the annual antique car show sponsored by the Bishop Hill Old Settlers’ Association on July 28.

Entering a car costs just $10, and attending the show to see these rolling pieces of history is free.

Proceeds from the show will help pay for restoring and preserving the Bishop Hill Colony School. Completed in 1861, it was the last major structure built before the dissolution of the Bishop Hill Colony.

Registration is open from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the historic Colony School. Participants will then judge the entries from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. before the award presentation at 3 p.m. in the village park.

There are 20 classes in which cars can be entered. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place in each class. Overall awards will also be presented for best interior, best paint, best engine and best of show. Dash plaques will also be presented to the first 100 entries.

The classes are Street Rod, Street Machine 49-69, Street Machine 70-up, Trucks, 4x4 Trucks, Antique Pre-32, Antique 32-48, Original 49-59, Original 60-69, Original 70-79, Original 80-89, Original 90-99, Original 2000 and up, Corvette, Mustang, 55-56-57, Custom, Special Interest, Kids Class (Under 21) and Muscle Car.

Bishop Hill’s volunteer firefighters will be serving a grilled pork chop meal to attendees in the park to enjoy while attending the show.

For more information, contact Jeff Olson at 309-932-2474.

Bishop Hill was settled as a Utopian community in 1846 after Swedish immigrants left their native country for religious freedom. A few of the original colony buildings still remain today at the Bishop Hill State Historic Site, administered by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

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