POLO – Despite some inclement weather, event organizers said the 33rd annual Polo Car Show went well.
“It cleared up for us, but not quite in time,” said Tammy Merdian, chief event organizer and member of the Polo Chamber of Commerce. “We still had a good show. I think we had 72 cars. Everyone was real troopers. I really appreciate.’
The auto show ran from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on August 13. Vehicle entry took place on both sides of two blocks of East Mason Street in downtown Polo.
Usually submissions span three blocks, but the weather held back, Polo Mayor Doug Knapp said.
“People with meticulous cars just don’t want to take them out in the rain,” he said.
It rained from about 10 a.m. to noon, Knapp said. However, there has never been a downpour.
The weather didn’t keep Dixon newcomer Mark Heckman away – though his wife, Sandy Heckman, was a different story. Still, their entry—a red 1966 Chevrolet Nova that won Best of Show—was a “joint effort,” he said.
Heckman said he’s been coming to the Polo Car Show for years because he lives nearby and wants to support Polo.
“They always do a good job because of the way they judge the show,” he said. “They have judges coming in and they’ve been doing that for quite a few years and I like judged shows.”
Knapp, Merdian and Heckman all said they are looking forward to the 2023 show.
“Next year the weather will hopefully be better and successful as always,” said Knapp. Merdian repeated his comments.
This year wasn’t Heckman’s first win, and with plans to re-enter the show, it may not be his last.
“Maybe I’ll bring my truck back,” he said. “I have several cars that I show, so I’m probably going to do something different next year.”
The Polo Chamber of Commerce’s 50-50 lottery pot also indicated lower turnout, Knapp said. Usually the pot is around $1,000, but this year it was $450.
Charlie Taber from Galt was the winner.