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  • Photos by CHANSE WATSON/ Attendees of the 34th annual Depot Day festival & classic automobile show check out the cars parked on 6th Street on May 11. 285 vehicles were on display this year in downtown Wallace for the NPR Depot Museum’s biggest fundraising event of the year.

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    Some shiny red cars display on Cedar Street.

  • Photos by CHANSE WATSON/ Attendees of the 34th annual Depot Day festival & classic automobile show check out the cars parked on 6th Street on May 11. 285 vehicles were on display this year in downtown Wallace for the NPR Depot Museum’s biggest fundraising event of the year.

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    Some shiny red cars display on Cedar Street.

WALLACE – With the weather cooperating, the 34th annual Depot Day festival & classic automobile show on Saturday went off without a hitch and saw strong attendance.

NPR Depot Museum director Shauna Hillman says that roughly 2,500 people turned out this year to check out 285 different vehicles parked up and down the streets of downtown Wallace. This attendance number falls right in line with the 2,500 that showed up the year before.

In addition to the many cars to check out, attendees were able to browse several different vendors that were set up on the Depot Museum’s front lawn.

The Depot Day festivities have historically had good turnouts (as long as the weather has cooperated) and usually signal the beginning of festival season in Wallace. A healthy turnout is good news for Hillman and the Depot, as this event is the main fundraiser for the museum.

“The funds are used for maintenance, gift shop stock and employee wages,” Hillman explained. “Much of the work at the NPR Depot Museum is volunteer. Thank you to the many volunteers and merchants who helped make this Depot Day a grand success- The registration table, the car parkers, the ticket writers, Gretchen the artist and The NP Depot Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors.”

The following are the finalists of 2019 Depot Day car show competition.

Information is organized by category, vehicle submission, year of submission, and names of winning participants:

A-Modern Muscle:

1st- Ford Mustand Shelby GT 350, 2017, Gary Gunning

2nd- Ford Shelby GT500 Convertible, 2012, Thomas Seep

3rd- Dodge Challenger, 2016, John Russell

Outstanding Award- Dodge Callenger, 2010, Nathalael Deeker


1st- Ford Pickup, 1929, Dennis & Amy Wright

2nd- Buick Special, 1937, Gus Johnson

3rd- Chev Business Coupe, 1937, Pat Cable

C–Unrestored Original:

1st- Lincoln Mark IV Continental, 1976, Carlene Dancer

2nd- Buick GS 400, 1967, David Deitz

3rd- Dodge Coronet/Lancer, 1956, Jess Marratt

D–Restored to Original:

1st- Ford Victoria Crestliner, 1954 John & Joy

2nd- Ford Mustang, 1964-1/2, Lisa Ellison

3rd- Oldsmobile Rocket 88, 1956 Dennis Marshall


1st- Chev Corvette Roadster, 2004, Conner/Cochnahl

1st- Chev Corvette, 2005, Dean Opsal

2nd- Dodge Dart GT, 1964, Bob Serman

3rd- Ford T-Bird, 1965, Doug Titus

Outstanding Award- Ford Sunliner, 1956, Bruce White


1st- Chev Camaro, 1967, Kevin Walker

2nd- Dodge Charger RT, 1970, Nancy Arthur

3rd- Chevy Camaro, 1969, Heather Swan

Outstanding Award- Chev Chevelle, 1969, Greg Anderson

Outstanding Award- Oldsmobile Hurst, 1984, Andy Rogge

Outstanding Award- Ford Galaxie 7 ltr, 1966, Jonathan Lanner

Outstanding Award- Dodge Cornet 500, 1965, Chad Parrish

Outstanding Award- Chevy Camaro, 1972, Jim & Sonia Breen

G–Street Rod:

1st- GMC ½ ton pickup, 1937, Donna Bays

2nd- Ford 3 window coupe, 1934, Marjorie Compton

3rd- Ford 3 window, 1932, Tom Mertens

Outstanding Award- Ford ‘32 Roadster, 1932, Larry Smith

People’s Choice & Best of Show- Dodge Pickup, 1934, Chester Jackman

H-Modified/Custom Cars:

1st- Chevy, 1953, Wayne Miulliner

2nd- Chev Nova SS, 1967, Jack & Susan Shiplett

3rd- Chev Bel Air, 1956, Michael Halladay

Outstanding Award- Chevy Camaro, 1968, Shane Cutting

Outstanding Award- Chevy Nova, 1967, Tim McGee

I-Pick-up/Sport Utility/Jeeps:

1st- Chevy C20, 1967, Leo Welter

2nd- Willys Jeep CJ 2A, 1948, Bill Cleveland

3rd- Chevy El Camino, 1971 Sharon Mitchell

Outstanding Award- Ford Bronco, 1970, Jackie & Jim Boyles


1st- Ford 150 Pickup, 1961, Rod Thomas

2nd- Chev 3100 P.U., 1952, Tim & Arlene Stromberger

3rd- International Sout 80, 1965, Kai & Becky Bertsch

Outstanding Award- Chev C10, 1971, Neal Houn

Outstanding Award- Chevy El Camino, 1972, Willie Johnson

Outstanding Award- Chevy C10, 1969, Brian Frasch

K-Special Interest:

1st- Dodge coupe, 1936, Alex D’Andrea

2nd- Hand Built Roadster, 2018, Reagan Heaton

3rd- Sunwood Horeseless Carriage, Ron Dayton

Outstanding Award- Jeep CJ-2A, 1948, Jessie Mask

L-In Progress/Unfinished:

1st- Ford 300, 1963, Rick & Angela Baldwin

2nd- Ford A, 1930, Ronald Hayes

3rd- Ford Torino, 1968, Steve Harold


2st- Chev Corvette, 1962, Gregg Schrempp

3rd- Corvette, 2003, Ron Mossman

Outstanding Award- Chev Corvette, 1970, Scott Mahlen

Outstanding Award- Chevy Corvette, 2001, Don Walker


1st- Harley Davidson Tri Glide, 2013, Sam Temby

2nd- Indian roadmaster, 2017, Curtis Chambers

3rd- Harley Davidson Softail, 2005, Rusty Mathis


1st- VW Bus, 1967, Adam Graves

P-Rat Rods:

1st- Chev Truck, 1945, Kevin Martin

2nd- Dodge D-100, 1963, John Carmack

2nd- Chevy Coupe, 1930, Brian Northcott

3rd- Diamond T Truck, 1948, Glenn Jackman

Outstanding Award- Dodge Touring, 1918, Jarin Hirschi

Outstanding Award- Ford Rat, 1932, Charlie Lapton

Q-Pro Street:

1st- Chev Chevelle,1969, Jay Smith

Raffle winners:

1st- Kai Bertsh

2nd- R. Hussey

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