Today in Brokaw, people gathered at Willow Springs Garden to celebrate Independence Day with a festival and car show that included horse-drawn carriage rides, vendors and of course… an extensive car show.
Cars ranged from classic buggies dating back to the early 20th century to modern muscle cars.
Behind all these beautiful cars are owners who spend their days and nights making sure they are ready for the show.
Richard Hamann of Curtis Wisconsin says he took care of his father’s old farm truck for decades.
“The vehicle was bought new by my dad in 1951. I was just a little kid at the time and it was a farm truck. It was used for everything on the farm,” Hamann said.
He says he and his wife are traveling the state to show off their hard work and it has paid off.
Richard says he’s won first place more than once, but that’s not why he’s competing.
Others we spoke with, including Cindy and Darrell Steen of Dorchester, are all part of the same collecting community.
“It’s always nice to win, but it’s really about showing off your toys, you know. Our city’s history. Yeah,” the Steens said.
The couple said they were happy to have such a close-knit community and to compete alongside Richard.
The Steens would go on to say that many people they spoke with were eager to get a glimpse of these rolling time capsules.