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Big Saturday planned in New Douglas

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This Mustang was the Fire Chief’s Choice winner at last year’s car show in New Douglas.
This Mustang was the Fire Chief’s Choice winner at last year’s car show in New Douglas. Courtesy image

Saturday, Sept. 10 will a day of family fun at New Douglas Township Park.

The community will host its annual Car & Motorcycle Show, Craft Fair and Chili Cook-Off to support the restoration of the old New Douglas firehouse.

Car show and chili contest registration begins at 9 a.m. Judging will be from noon to 3 p.m., and awards will be given around 4:30 p.m.

There will be dash plaques for the first 70 cars. There will be first- through third-place trophies handed out in 20 classes of vehicles. There will also be special awards for Mayor’s Choice, Fire Chief’s Choice, Kids’ Choice, DJ’s Choice and Best of Show. Entry fee is $15. Display fee is $10.

For the chili contest, there are three classes, Best Original, Hot & Spicy, and Open Class. Registration is $10.

Games, a cake walk and bounce house will be open at 10 a.m. Also for the kids, sack races, tricycle races, a hula-hoop contest, pedal tractor pull and skate board races will begin at 1 p.m. Trophies for the winners of the races will be presented at the time of the car show awards. Registration for all races must be in by noon.

Tractor Ride

Staunton FFA Alumni will be hosting its 10th annual Tractor Ride on Sept. 10.

Registration for the ride will held at John J. Slifka Memorial Park in Livingston from 7 to 8 a.m. The ride will depart from Livingston around 8:15 for its journey through the countryside.

The ride will be coming through New Douglas about 11:30 a.m. The tractor parade will be coming in on Rockwell Road, from the north, and will end up at the car show. Tractors will then be on display from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The ride will return to Livingston around 1 p.m.

This year’s honorees are longtime supporter and member of the Staunton FFA Alumni, Aaron Ahrens. There will also be a purple Oliver tractor in memory of Natalie Ondes.

For more information on the Tractor Ride, or to order shirts, contact Stacy Slifka at (618) 781-7435 and leave a message.


Live music by The Prairie Travelers will be from 2 to 4 p.m. D.J. Brian Taylor will be on hand to entertain the entire day, playing music, except during the live entertainment.

Drawings & Sales

There will also be a 50-50 drawing, gun raffle and iPad raffle. Mums purchased from the New Douglas “Family Garden” will be for sale.

The village of New Douglas will also be accepting sealed bids on 1965-66 Ford Mustang, which be on display at the festival. The car is being sold as a parts car and has no title. Bids will be opened at the end of the day and must be paid for with cash or money order. The new owner will be responsible for taking Mustang from the park.


The refreshment stand will offer pork burgers, hamburgers, hot dogs, bratwurst, chili (mild or spicy), white chili, nachos, French fries and onion rings. Desserts of pie, cake and cookies will be available.

Craft Fair

Crafters will be in the Community Center and will be outside leading up to the car show. Vendors will be selling Scentsy, Tupperware, quilts, aprons, pillow cases, mitts, knives, wood crafts, rag dolls, cloth dolls, beaded barrettes, lye soap, lanolin lotion, cards, homemade almond bark, monogram purses and shirts, floral arrangements, jewelry and more.

More Info

For more information on any of the day’s events in New Douglas, contact Barb Bassett at (618) 593-3510.