Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

More than a car show September 20, 2019


CAR CRUISES REPRESENT much more than a bunch of vintage vehicles washed and waxed for prime public viewing.





Car Cruises represent passion, family projects, heritage, stories, history, art…whatever perspective you bring to a car show.





But most of all, they represent community. I’ve attended enough car shows, most in my city of Faribault, to recognize that these events bring folks together. To mingle in the street or on the sidewalk to talk cars. Or family. Or weather. Maybe even politics, but probably not.





While the vehicles take participants and attendees back in time, so does the overall feel of a car show. In this high tech busy world, we need to remember the importance of gathering and of visiting. Face-to-face, cellphones tucked away.




Faribault offers one final opportunity this season to embrace togetherness at the Faribault Car Cruise Night set for 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. Friday, September 20, at Faribault Harley-Davidson, a move from the usual Central Avenue location. I prefer the intimate and historic downtown setting. But I also understand the need to change things up a bit.




The Harley dealer is also offering a free showing of the classic movie, American Graffiti, at 6 p.m. (according to promotional info). The event is advertised as family-friendly with offerings of popcorn, s’mores, pop and a bonfire. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets.



This vintage wagon promotes tourism and the Minne-Roadtrip that includes the communities of Faribault, Northfield and Owatonna.



I appreciate the efforts of Faribault Main Street and others who organize Car Cruise Night. They are building community, connecting us with one another. Exactly what we need in an ever-increasingly disconnected world.


All of these photos were taken at the August Faribault Car Cruise Night in historic downtown Faribault.

© Copyright 2019 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


8 Responses to “More than a car show”

  1. redstuffdan Says:

    Super pictures, great cars – thankyou☺

  2. Love classic cars. I saw a SWEET late 60’s/early 70’s Lincoln Continental a few weeks back (a little bit of a boat on wheels – ha!). Give me a late 60’s/70’s car any day to drive and I would be happy 🙂 I also like some of the body styles of the early 80’s and I had a beautiful 1984 Buick Regal with the mother of pearl Buick hub caps on her too. I currently drive a 15-year old Ford Ranger. Cars are in my DNA – my Dad worked for GM for over 30 years and my brother has been in auto body for 20 years. Happy Weekend – Enjoy!

  3. Missy’s Håndarbeid (Missy’s Crafty Mess) Says:

    Lots of fun looking old cars. Newer cars are just boring!

  4. valeriebollinger Says:

    We considered going last night but alas, we ran out of energy.
    I agree, downtown Faribault would be a more inviting space for the show.

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