The feature vehicle for the 2019 Wild Rose Classic Car Show is a 1948 Ford F1 that is owned by John and Nikki Thompson of Pine River. This truck was produced in the first year of Ford F1 Series manufacturing in North America and has been in the Thompson family for years. It was given to John by his dad, Eddie Thompson, when John was 18-years-old. It was stored in various barns and outbuildings for years until John had it restored several years ago.

Wild Rose Classic Car Show at Roseville on Sept. 21

The Wild Rose Classic Car Show is one of the most well-respected car shows in Wisconsin and one of the most highly-anticipated events in Waushara County.

The car show organizing committee under the leadership of Al Jenks of A. J.’s Auto Body in Wild Rose is busy finalizing last minute details for this year’s show.

The twelfth annual Wild Rose Classic Car Show will be held at Roseville on Highway 22 south of the Village of Wild Rose on Saturday, Sept. 21 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There will be a cruise of classic cars on Friday, Sept. 20, starting at the Wild Rose Elementary School parking lot at 6 p.m. The cruise will wind its way through scenic Waushara County back roads with a pass through the beautiful Springwater Volunteer Covered Bridge before returning to Wild Rose. Look for more details about the cruise route in next week’s Argus so that you can join in or pick a good spot to watch the fun.

When the collector cars return to Wild Rose after the cruise on Friday night, lots of them will be on display on Main Street for everyone to see. The restaurants and bars in downtown Wild Rose will welcome everyone back to town where good food and drink can be enjoyed and car stories can be shared with friends. There will be a free street dance featuring live music by Around Town, a central Wisconsin variety band that plays a mix of music including oldies from the 50s and 60s along with country and classic rock.

The feature vehicle for this year’s show will lead the cruise on Friday night – a 1948 Ford F1 pick-up truck owned by John and Nikki Thompson of Pine River. The first generation of the Ford F-Series is a series of trucks that was produced by Ford in North America from 1948 to 1952. This vehicle is a classic example of Ford’s first year of F1 truck production.

Registration for the show on Saturday will be from 8 a.m. to noon. There will be classes for all vehicles of all years with dash plaques provided to the first 250 entries. A portion of the registration fee for each vehicle entering the show grounds will be put into a raffle for which all entered vehicles will be eligible. There is no charge for spectators.

The participants at the classic car show will do the judging, and trophies will be awarded at 3 p.m. First and second place trophies will be awarded in each of 26 classes as well as a Best of Show trophy. A Wild Rose Village President’s trophy and a Waushara County Sheriff’s trophy will also be awarded for the Village President’s and the Sheriff’s choices of their favorite vehicles on display at Saturday’s show.

There will be various activities going on during the show, and music this year will again be provided throughout the show by Sizzlin’ Sonny’s Rockin’ Roadshow. There will be more than just music as we expect there will be games and probably some other great surprises in store which will surely be a hit with everyone. The Chippy Express, a small train provided by Evergreen Campsites, will offer train rides throughout the car show grounds.

The Wild Rose Kiwanis and the Wild Rose Fire Department and Auxiliary will be selling food and refreshments during the show. Breakfast by the Kiwanis will be served in the Wild Rose Lions Club building adjacent to and within easy walking distance of the show grounds and will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Lunch will be offered by the Wild Rose Fire Department and will be available from 10 a.m. until the end of the show.

There will be tents in place that will give spectators and exhibitors a shady and comfortable spot to relax during the show. Roseville offers a gift shop that serves ice cream and has unique gift items available for sale and also a miniature golf course for those who may want a little diversion. There will also be a fall festival flea market and craft show on the car show grounds.

Funding for the Wild Rose Classic Car Show comes partly from the registration fees received on the day of the show but also from over 100 area businesses and individuals who have donated funds and other prizes to sponsor the show.

The car show began in 2008 because several local classic car enthusiasts wanted to display their automobiles close to home in a friendly small-town atmosphere, and Al Jenks has been the leader of the group from its very beginning.

As time passed, the group also became firmly committed to giving back to the community. The car show has given scholarships to graduating area high school seniors for years as well as helping local food pantries, the Wild Rose Police Department, the Saxeville-Springwater Fire Department, the Wild Rose Fire Department, Waushara County Crimestoppers, Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross as well as assisting the Village of Wild Rose with various landscaping projects in Village parks  and helping to sponsor the placement of the military helicopter that is on display near the car show grounds.

This year’s beautiful summer floral arrangements lining Main Street in Wild Rose were donated by the car show and planted by members of the car show organizing committee.   Many of these floral arrangements are tended to personally throughout the summer by Al Jenks, leader of the car show organizing committee, as well as by Wild Rose Village maintenance personnel.

When you are driving through Wild Rose on cruise night or on the day of the show, you will want to take a look at the decorations gracing Main Street which many businesses and civic organizations have created to make Main Street in Wild Rose a very pretty place in September. Lots of thought, planning and preparation go into the work, and everyone benefits from that effort.

Lodging information is available at Please look at the Village of Wild Rose website for more information about the show and cruise.