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UPDATE: THE SHOW IS CANCELLED – First Fifty Auto Clubs’ 50th Annual Car Show, Swap Meet & Flea Market 2020

UPDATE: THE SHOW IS CANCELLED – First Fifty Auto Clubs’ 50th Annual Car Show, Swap Meet & Flea Market 2020

UPDATE: THE SHOW IS CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19. We are all disappointed but feel that cancelling the show is safer for everyone at this time. We have no plans to reschedule for this year as things are uncertain. We are planning to try again next April, also at Running Aces. Sorry about this, and please keep us in mind for 2021. Thank you

First Fifty Auto Club is announcing our 50th Annual Spring Car Show, Swap Meet & Flea Market for 2020. The date is Sunday, April 19th, 2020 at Running Aces Casino & Racetrack. From 7 am-2 pm. (Must vacate the premises by 3 pm)

 

It is only $5 to get in this year! $5 person – Spectators, Swap, Show or Sell. FREE swap space with admission!

 

Military ID or 12 yrs & under get in free.
Award plaques handed out for club choice at 1:00 PM.

 

ALL VEHICLES & MOTORCYCLES ARE WELCOME.

 

Please see our show flyer for details – the flyer link is posted HERE.

 

Running Aces Casino, Hotel & Racetrack 15215 Running Aces Blvd, Columbus, MN 55025

 

Hope to see you there! This is a new location for our 50th show – let’s hope it changes our luck.

First Fifty Auto Clubs’ 49th Annual Car Show, Swap Meet & Flea Market 2019

First Fifty Auto Club is announcing our 49th Annual Spring Car Show, Swap Meet & Flea Market for 2019. The date is Sunday, May 19th, 2019 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. From 7 am to 2 pm.


It is only $5 to get in this year! $5 person – Spectators, Swap, Show or Sell. FREE swap space with admission!

 

Military ID or 12 yrs & under get in free.
Award plaques handed out for club choice at 1:00 PM.

 

ALL VEHICLES & MOTORCYCLES ARE WELCOME.

 

Please see our show flyer for details – the flyer link is posted HERE.

 

Go to the North parking lot: Enter at main Fairgrounds entrance on Snelling & head North on Underwood St.

Hope to see you there! We’ll be there rain or shine…we have had our share of rain, so here’s hoping for LOTS of shine this year! 🙂

Contemplating a Car-Related Christmas Gift? There’s Something for Everyone

Guest Blogger Post By Keith Jacobs

If you’re wondering what to get the car lover who has everything for Christmas, you can stop wondering. There’s always something new and unique for car enthusiasts who love to tinker and spiff up their ride. And whether you want to go the fuzzy dice route or get your gearhead friend something a little more over the top, it’s easy to find the right Christmas gift at the right price online or at your nearby auto supply store. Here are a few ideas to help shift your holiday shopping into high gear. 

 A Garage That Keeps on Giving

Most car lovers are compulsive tinkerers and upgraders. This Christmas, give the mechanic in the family the gift of a cleaned and organized garage, a workspace with a place for every tool and supply. It may take some doing, and if there’s not enough time left to find a place for all that garage debris, consider putting it in storage until after the holidays. It’s affordable and convenient: A 5’ x 5’ storage unit in Andover can be rented for just $30.99.  

Handheld Polisher

If the car enthusiast in your life isn’t happy until there’s a high-gloss shine on his vehicle, you’re sure to make him happy with a handheld polishing machine. They’re easy to use and the perfect gift for anyone who’s driven crazy by small nicks and scratches that can be buffed out if you’ve got the right tool for the job. The Meguiars MT300 DA Polisher ($169 at Amazon) comes with dual or rotary action, is lightweight and durable, and is guaranteed to hold up over many buffings by even the most obsessive-compulsive polisher. The best part: you can give your friend the gift of shiny driving for under $200.

Bluetooth Technology

In most parts of the country, using a mobile phone while driving can land you in hot water. But sometimes you just need to hear your favorite tune or share some news with a friend or loved one while you’re behind the wheel. A Bluetooth kit is a great holiday gift because it’s a communication/entertainment convenience that will keep your tech-savvy motorist from getting into trouble while fumbling with a handheld unit.

The Bluetooth handsfree car kit comes with a speaker and microphone and can either be hardwired in or attached the visor. At just over $100, this idea won’t completely destroy your holiday gift-giving budget. If you feel like going the full route, why not throw in a Bluetooth FM transmitter as well, which connects to a smartphone and tunes into FM — all it needs is a working cigarette lighter.

Speakers

People who love fixer-upper car projects may need a little help if they’re not quite so savvy when it comes to stereophonic sound. If your friend has a hot new refurbished ride that’s lacking a robust sound system, consider a pair of speakers with a powerful subwoofer for a beat that’ll rattle teeth in every car that’s nearby. However, be sure to read through online reviews before you buy (the Pioneer 3-Way Speakers offer high fidelity at just under $79 on Best Buy, while some brands go for as much as $700 if you’re into splurging for superior sound). 

Jump Starter

Car nuts love their bells and whistles, but they’re also practical people who understand the value of tools that can get them out of trouble if something goes wrong, such as resurrecting a dead car battery in the dead of night. If you think jumper cables lack aesthetic appeal, opt for the new technology in portable battery jumping. The NOCO Genius Boost Pro GB150 is a small, easy-to-handle device that’s powerful enoughto jump-start everything from a small compact car to a light truck. At about$250, it’s an ideal combination of practicality and cool technology. 

Whether you’re thinking about splurging or giving a practical gift this Christmas, there are plenty of options for the carenthusiast on your list. Just keep looking — you’re guaranteed to findsomething he doesn’t have yet.

Keith is passionate about cars. He started CarUpkeep.info to share his tips and advice.

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UPDATE: The Date Has Been Changed For Our Spring Show 2018. From April 22nd to May 20th.

Heads up!

The Date Has Been Changed For Our Spring Show 2018!

From April 22nd to May 20th due to the large amount of snow that has accumulated in the past week.

It is looking like it will be a nice day for our original show date, however, there is the issue of swapper trailers being buried in snow and getting stuck in the mud from meltage. There just isn’t enough time in the next 5 days for it to be clean and dry. The roads are covered with salt too which is not so good for show cars!

We took a poll on our show event and Facebook pages, and it was heavily in favor of changing the date to May 20th, so we did. We did not come to this decision lightly and apologize if this inconveniences you in any way. Now cross your fingers that the weather will be agreeable on May 20th! 😉

First Fifty Auto Club’s 48th Annual Car Show, Swap Meet and Flea Market 2018

First Fifty Auto Club is announcing our 48th Annual Spring Car Show, Swap Meet & Flea Market for 2018. The date is Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. It is only $5 to get in this year! $5 person, Spectators, Swap, Show or Sell. FREE swap space with admission!

Military ID or 12 yrs & under get in free. 7 am to 2 pm. Award plaques handed out for club choice at 1:00 PM.

Swappers & flea market: You can set up the Saturday (April 21st) before from noon to 3 pm.

ALL VEHICLES & MOTORCYCLES ARE WELCOME.

Please see our show flyer for details – the flyer link is posted HERE.

Go to the North parking lot: Enter at main Fairgrounds entrance on Snelling & head North on Underwood St.

Hope to see you there! We’ll be there rain or shine…we have had our share of rain, so here’s hoping for LOTS of shine this year! 🙂
First Fifty Auto Club’s 47th Annual Car Show, Swap Meet and Flea Market 2017

First Fifty Auto Club is announcing our 47th Annual Spring Car Show, Swap Meet & Flea Market for 2017. The date is Sunday, May 21st, 2017 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. It is only $5 to get in this year! $5 person, Spectators, Swap, Show or Sell.

Military ID or 12 yrs & under get in free. 7 am to 2 pm. Award plaques handed out for club choice at 1:00 PM.

Swappers & flea market: You can set up the Saturday (May 20th) before from 12 to 3 pm.

ALL VEHICLES & MOTORCYCLES ARE WELCOME.

Please see our show flyer for details – the flyer link is posted HERE.

Go to the North parking lot: Enter at main Fairgrounds entrance on Snelling & head North on Underwood St.

Hope to see you there! We’ll be there rain or shine…we have had our share of rain, so here’s hoping for LOTS of shine this year! 🙂
The 8th Annual Cruise For Troops Event

This year, instead of doing our Fall show, we are volunteering at the Cruise For Troops cruise, car show & swap meet. The event raises funds to go to the Fallen Heroes Children’s Education Fund of Tribute to the Troops, and ALL proceeds will go to the fund.

 

From the Cruise For Troops website:We invite all grateful Americans to join us in paying tribute to our fallen troops. Bring out your hot rods, muscle cars, and motorcycles and take part in the largest combined car and motorcycle cruise in the upper Midwest! Don’t have a cool car, truck or bike, come join us for a great time anyway, we have plenty of activities for the entire family!”

“Patriotic cruise through the north metro back roads. (Arrive with a full tank!)

 

WHEN: Saturday, September 24th, 2016 from 9 am – 5 pm. Registration is 9 am – noon, and the cruise runs from noon – 2 pm.

 

WHERE: Running Aces Casino & Racetrack: 15201 Running Aced Blvd, Columbus, MN 55025.

It is $15 to pre-register online at Cruise For Troops (Registration closes at 9am Tuesday, September 20th) or $20 the day of the event to participate in the cruise. Spectators are FREE, with a suggested $5 donation.

 

The opening ceremony is at 11 am, followed by a mandatory safety briefing. The cruise runs from noon – 2 pm, and the car show & swap meet runs from 9 am – 5 pm.

 

There will be a raffle & drawings for a Polaris 2016 Sportsman 450, and a Hammerhead Mudhead Go Cart! Only $5.00 per entry, and you do not need to be present to win (only to purchase the tickets!)

 

The awesome Holy Rocka Rollaz will be playing from 2 – 5 pm. There will be patriotic displays, a large silent auction, a 50’s pinup contest, live music, vendors, food & drink, and entertainment for the whole family!

 

This year they’ll have a bouncy house and obstacle course for the kids! There will also be face painting and a magician from 2-5! All kids activities are FREE!

Please tell your friends to come out and help us support the families of our fallen troops!

 

Hope to see you there 🙂

http://www.cruisefortroops.org

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2016

First Fifty Auto Club’s 46th Annual Car Show, Swap Meet & Flea Market 2016

First Fifty Auto Club's 46th Annual Car Show, Swap Meet & Flea Market 2016

First Fifty Auto Club is announcing our 46th Annual Spring Car Show, Swap Meet & Flea Market for 2016. The date is Sunday, May 15th 2016 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. It is only $5 to get in this year to swap or sell! $5 person/$5 swap space/$5 show cars.

Military ID or 12 yrs & under get in free. 7 am to 2 pm. Award plaques handed out for club choice at 1:00 PM.

Swappers & flea market: You can set up the Saturday (May 14th) before from 12 to 3 pm.

ALL VEHICLES & MOTORCYCLES ARE WELCOME.

Please see our show flyer for details – the flyer link is posted HERE.

Go to the North parking lot: Enter at main Fairgrounds entrance on Snelling & head North on Underwood St.

Hope to see you there! We’ll be there rain or shine…we have had our share of rain, so here’s hoping for LOTS of shine this year! 🙂

First Fifty Auto Club is proud to announce 2 shows once again this season. Our first show is on Sunday, May 17th 2015 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, and the second one is on Saturday, August 15th 2015 at The Mermaid Event Center in Mounds View, MN.  Both of the flyer links are posted on our Car Show Events Info page.

The spring show is our 45th Annual Car Show, Swap Meet & Flea Market, and is only *$5 to get in. As heard on WDGY 740 radio. (*Admission is $5 per person or $10 swap space.)
Show cars get 2 occupants in. Military ID or 12 yrs & under get in free. 8 am to 2 pm. Award plaques handed out for club choice at 1:00 PM.

Swappers & flea market: You can set up the Saturday (May 16th) before from noon to 3.

ALL VEHICLES & MOTORCYCLES ARE WELCOME.

This year you can have your car photographed with Retro-Glamour Models by Red Lip Classics, and also tickets will be available for purchase for our raffle held at our Fall Show. Please see our shows flyers for details.

Go to the North parking lot: Enter at main Fairgrounds entrance on Snelling & head North on Underwood St.

Hope to see you there!

 

Our Fall Show is our 4th Annual Darrel Goad’s Raising Hel…p Car Show at The Mermaid Entertainment & Event Center in Mounds View, MN.

It’s free to get in, with donations requested for the Wishes & More Foundation. Last year we raised $1800 for them! I will post the link to see our flyer on the Wishes & More website soon.

This event is a fundraiser for Wishes & More, a local organization that helps sick kids in memory of club member Darrel Goad.
Free admission with donations suggested for Wishes & More. There will be lots of prizes and games for the kids – great family event!
We have goodie bags for the first 50 cars, and will be giving out award plaques at 1:00 PM. This year we are doing a prize raffle drawing, please see flyer for ticket & prize info. Tickets are available at our Spring Show, or email us at firstfiftymn@gmail.com to request tickets.

8:00 am to 2:00 pm – come and go throughout the day.
ALL(!) Antique, Collector, Street Rods, Customs, Muscle Cars, Imports, Motorcycles, Trucks, and specialty interest vehicles – everyone WELCOME!

Door prizes for entrants, drawings at 11:00 & 1:00.

Please use our contact form if you have any questions about either show :-)

First Fifty Auto Club is proud to announce 2 shows this season. Our first show is on Sunday, May 18th 2014 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, and the second one is on Saturday, August 16th 2014 at The Mermaid Event Center in Mounds View, MN.  Both of the flyer links our posted on our Car Show Events Info page.

The spring show is our 44th Annual Car Show, Swap Meet & Flea Market, and is only *$5 to get in. This year we are adding a flea market, kids games, and a live broadcast by WDGY 740 radio! (*Admission is $5 per person or $10 swap space.)
Show cars get 2 occupants in. Military ID or 12 yrs & under get in free. 9 am to 3 pm. Award plaques handed out for club choice at 1:00 PM.

Swappers & flea market: You can set up the Saturday (May 17th) before from noon to 3.

ALL VEHICLES & MOTORCYCLES ARE WELCOME.
North parking lot: Enter at main Fairgrounds entrance on Snelling & head North on Underwood St.
Hope to see you there!

Our fall show is our 3rd Annual Darrel Goad’s Raising Hel…p Car Show. It’s free to get in, with donations requested for the Wishes & More Foundation. Last year we raised $1800 for them! I will post the link to see our flyer on the Wishes & More website soon.

This event is a fundraiser for Wishes & More, a local organization that helps sick kids in memory of club member Darrel Goad.
Free admission with donations suggested for Wishes & More. There will be live music from the fabulous Holy Rocka Rollaz, lots of prizes and games for the kids – great family event!
We have goodie bags for the first 50 cars, and will be giving out award plaques at 1:00 PM.

8:00 am to 3:00 pm – come and go throughout the day.
ALL(!) Antique, Collector, Street Rods, Customs, Muscle Cars, Imports, Motorcycles, Trucks, and specialty interest vehicles – everyone WELCOME!

 Please use our contact form if you have any questions about either show :-)