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For Chrysler iron fans, there are a handful of events that have become ‘gotta go’ occurrences. In the east, it’s probably Carlisle; the Midwest, the Nats at Columbus and Monster Mopar in St. Louis; the south has Garlits event in the fall, and out west, it’s Vegas and Spring Fling. Rapidly joining these is a show held on the Dakota County Fairground in Farmington, Minn., aptly called Mopars in the Park. Now in its 26th year, the Midwest Mopar Club, based in the Twin Cites Metro region with a second chapter in Sioux Falls, S.D. pulls out all the stops for their annual show, which is held in a town quite close to the St. Paul / Minneapolis region.
So the garages in the North Star State, plus the Dakotas, Wisconsin, Iowa and beyond bring forth some of the best machinery in the nation, putting 1000 show vehicles through the gates of the historic facility during the first weekend in June. This is one of the most perfect locations for such a show – lots of open space for cars and vendors, clean indoor buildings for special displays, a historical 1890s town replica, room for trailer parking and more. Despite some rain on Saturday, the place was jumping with both owners and enthusiasts.Part of the attraction has been the willingness to bring in celebrities and special displays, and 2010 was no exception. There were vintage racecars, movie cars, wonderful new restorations, displays, and personalities from racing’s past. This requires energy and commitment to attain, and the event was greatly enhanced by this effort. Here is a quick look of just some of what happened during the 2010 running of Mopars in the Park.
2011 DATES: JUNE 4-5
Midwest Mopars, Inc.
22350 Monroe Ave,
East Bethel, MN 55011