The 33rd annual Aurora AutoFest, hosted by the Aurora Area Chamber of Commerce, was held last Saturday at Oak Park. A total of 17 classes of cars, trucks and motorcycles were showcased that day.
There were many volunteers who spent all Saturday working behind the scenes to assure all the bases were covered. The Aurora Fire Department, Street Department and Parks Department each played an important role in the day, as well.
The Chamber extended a special thanks to its trophy sponsors and door prize sponsors, whose generosity put smiles on many winners’ faces, as well as the following corporate sponsors of the event: Mooneyham Construction, Crafton-Cantrell Funeral Home and Jimmy Michel Motors.
"Once again, last Saturday, I was reminded why I love this community so much, and why Aurora is such a wonderful place to work, play and live," said executive director Shannon Walker.
Winners of the car show categories included:Best of Show -- 1958 Chevy Implala, owned by Ron Kiblinger of Marshfield. People's Choice Award -- 2016 Harley Tri Glide, owned by Ernest Shelton of Leslie, Ark. Best Paint -- 1966 Chevy Chevelle, owned by Dwayne Holmberg of Golden. Best Interior -- 1967 Chevy SS, owned by Charles and Betty Davis of Marionville.
The top 10 highest point earners included:2012 Dodge Challenger Special Edition, Terry and Tina Swallow of Frontenac, Kan. 1966 Chevy Chevelle, Dwayne Holmberg of Golden 1966 Ford Mustang, Robin Jones of Belton 1967 Chevy Chevy SS, Charles and Betty Davis of Marionville 2017 Ford Shelby GT 350, Michael Rutherford of Springfield 1957 Ford Thunderbird, Larry and Lois Garner of Aurora 2014 Ford Roush Mustang RS1, Kelsey Hurst of Ash Grove 2017 Chevy Corvette, Jim Howard of Nixa 2001 Ford Mustang GT, the Rinker family of Aurora 1938 Ford Sedan, Gale Miller of Lampe