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January 15, 2018             
Henry “The Fonz” Winkler, classic and unique vehicles headline the 
O’Reilly Auto Parts Rod & Custom Car Show Feb. 24-25 in Monticello, Iowa
The Midwest’s premier winter car show returns to Monticello, Iowa, 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, race cars and custom motorcycles.
This affordable winter family fun event once again will be held at the Monticello Berndes Center, 766 North Maple Street in Monticello, only 35 miles from Cedar Rapids or Dubuque on U.S. Highway 151.
Making his second appearance as a featured celebrity will be actor Henry Winkler from the hit series “Happy Days” which ran on ABC from 1974 to 1984. Winkler has 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 the NBC Network. He is also a childrens’ book author.
Henry Winkler will be available for autographs and photos Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
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 Peoples’ Choice Awards for cars/pickups, motorcycles and model cars. There also will be door prizes including gift cards from O’Reilly Auto Parts and Citizens State Bank.
There’s lots to do at this year’s show:
“The Mayberry Deputy” David Browning will be doing his Barney Fife impersonation and mingling with the crowd Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
3-D Sound Company DJ Dave Palmer will provide music and commentary and serve as awards MC at 6:30 p..m. Sunday;
Caricature artist David Fliss, of Flissart Entertainment, will provide free portraits for attendees;
“Papa Balloon,” featuring daughter Jessi will delight the kids with her unique creations;
Test your driving ability for free with the Knoxville Raceway Sprint Car Simulator;
The 33rd Annual Model Car Contest will award trophies and model kits in several categories;


The Monticello Eagles Club Ladies Auxiliary #4466 once again will be serving their popular turkey dressing sandwiches along with other food and drink with profits going to community projects;
Racers for Christ and Rodders for Christ will host a non-denominational chapel service at 8:30 a.m. Sunday with Team RFC Chaplain Dave Lupella as speaker;
Show hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Awards presentation is set for 6:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and under. Children 12 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. Get $1 off by bringing a can of food to benefit Four Oaks family programs. Parking is free.
For more information visit or phone (319) 465-5119. Show weekend phone is (319) 465-6640.
Barry Bronson