‘The Fonz’ returns to O’Reilly Car Show, Feb. 24-25

Henry Winkler, “The Fonz,” will return to Monticello on Feb. 24-25 for the O’Reilly Auto Parts Rod & Custom Car Show. The event takes place at the Berndes Center. (Photo submitted)

     Henry Winkler, “The Fonz,” is set to return to the O’Reilly Auto Parts Rod & Custom Car Show in Monticello.

     The Midwest’s premier winter car show returns to Monticello for the 49th consecutive year to brighten up the region’s frigid winter. KCRG-TV9 presents the O’Reilly Auto Parts Rod & Custom Car Show on Feb. 24-25. The affordable family fun show will feature many never-seen-before street rods, custom cars, street machines, hot pickups, racecars and custom motorcycles.

     The winter family fun event will once again be held at the Monticello Berndes Center, 766 N. Maple St. in Monticello.

     Featured celebrity Henry Winkler will be making his second appearance. Winkler starred in the hit TV series “Happy Days,” which ran on ABC from 1974-84. He’s appeared in movies and on the TV series “Royal Pains” and “Parks and Recreation.” Most recently, he appears in the comedy “Better Late Than Never,” which just moved to NBC. Winkler is also a children’s author.

     He will be available for autographs and photos Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m.; Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

     Following tradition, official entries compete for Muller Brothers trophy awards and cash awards from Citizens State Bank. As is the custom, spectators will have a hand in voting the People’s Choice Awards for cars/pickups, motorcycles, and model cars. There will also be door prizes including gift cards from O’Reilly Auto Parts and Citizens State Bank.

     Show hours are Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults; $5 for students. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. Get $1 off by bringing a can of food to benefit Four Oaks. Parking is free.

Other events at this year’s car show:

     “The Mayberry Deputy” David Browning will be doing his Barney Fife impersonation Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

     Music, commentary, and awards by MC 3-D Sound Company DJ Dave Palmer. Awards will start on Sunday at 6:30 p.m.

     David Fliss, caricature artist, will provide free portraits for attendees.

     Test your driving ability for free with the Knoxville Raceway Sprint Car Simulator.

     The 33rd Annual Model Car Contest will award trophies in several categories.

     The Monticello Eagles Club Ladies Auxiliary #4466 will be serving food and drinks, with profits going to community projects.

     Racers for Christ and Rodders for Christ will host a non-denominational chapel service on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 8:30 a.m., with Team RFC Chaplain Dave Lupella speaking.

     For more information, visit www.rodandcustomcarshow.com or call 319-465-5119. Show weekend phone is 319-465-6640.


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