MAHOMET — Hundreds of vehicles and thousands of auto enthusiasts are expected Sunday, July 14, at the annual Mahomet Auto Fest downtown, with prizes at stake, food to be served and plenty of car talk to go around.
Sponsored by the Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce, the event is more than just shiny objects — although there will be plenty of polish and sheen to view.
“Last year, we had 270-some cars in downtown Mahomet. Some very cool cars,” said Walter Pierce, chamber director. “We run cars from Lincoln on down to Lombard.”
Starting at 7 a.m., breakfast will be served at the American Legion for a cost of $7 and featuring eggs, bacon, sausage, home potatoes, juice and coffee. Vehicle registration begins at 9 a.m. for a $15 entry fee, with a free dash plaque to the first 300 participants.
There are three awards given in each of 15 classes, Pierce noted, and classes include one for Corvettes, for example. There’s also the Best of Show and People’s Choice awards.
“We have a very unique Best of Show award,” Pierce noted, adding that it is created and provided by All Pro Welding.
About 11 a.m., lunch will be served at the Masonic Lodge. Food vendors, T-shirt sales, the farmers’ market at Sangamon on Main and more will be offered throughout the day.
As part of the show, Parkland College students will be out to tear down and rebuild an engine as a demonstration, Pierce said. Those attending also will be treated to music from the 1950s and 1960s and might even see a version of Elvis Presley, too.
At 4 p.m., all vehicles in the auto show will cruise out to Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve.