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Touch of classic invades Bonanzaville

Recognized as one of the largest events of its kind in North Dakota, The Fargo Red River Valley Regional Group of the Horseless Carriage Club of America is gearing up for their 34th annual Art Olson Swap Meet and Car Show on Sunday, May 20, at Bonanzaville, USA, adjacent to the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo.

The event is named in honor of the late Art Olson, a Detroit Lakes auto collector who was one of the original charter members of the local HCCA regional group.

The goal of the event has been pretty much the same through the years - to give hobbyists an opportunity to buy, sell or trade collector cars and parts, and also display hobby cars for those attending to view and enjoy.

Car Club President Joe Hesse said this year's show will once again deliver diversity, offering something for all classic car enthusiasts in varying makes and models, some repeats and others totally brand new to the Art Olson event.

With the show scheduled for one day only and the vehicles parked outside for display, weather plays a huge role in attendance, so organizers are hoping for sunny skies and warm temperatures.

The Swap Meet portion of the event is a show in itself, featuring a little bit of everything, including a variety of Model A and T parts; high performance parts; collector car parts; tools and equipment; several project cards; toys; and many other different types of items.

Hesse, who has been a member of the Club for six years, will be bringing a couple of his own cars into Bonanzaville for the show, which is expected to line the entire Main Street area, from the entry of Bonanzaville all the way down to St. John Lutheran Church and around the corner.

The Swap Meet items will be featured on other secondary streets with some of the vendors inside Dawson Hall, also the site for the lunch counter. The collectible items, toys and paper literature will also be located inside.

Vendors and car show participants will begin setting up at 6 a.m., with the gates open to public viewing at 8 a.m. The show will run until 4 p.m., at which time people's choice trophies will be awarded in 11 classes.

The local group hosting this event is affiliated with the national Horseless Carriage Club of America. The local roster is presently 50 members strong and always looking for new recruits. Members emphasize the Club is family focused, with as many women active in the organization as men. The group meets every month at varying locations that are announced.

The admission charge is $5 with children 12 and under admitted free.

Anyone seeking information about membership in the club or the Art Olson show itself can contact Hesse at 701-277-1860 or Club member Rod Hanggi at 701-282-3622.