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MARSHALL — It started as a way to bring people together again after the COVID pandemic canceled summer events in 2020. But the first-ever Shades of the Past Downtown Roll-In was such a hit that members of the community continue the event.

“We’re super excited to bring him back this year,” said Chad Weyh, one of the Roll-In organizers.

Shades of the Past will hold its second Roll-In downtown on Thursday afternoon. Area residents can discover classic cars on Marshall’s Main Street, as well as enjoy music and games, and browse local businesses.

The event will take place from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Part of Main Street will be closed to traffic during this time, so attendees can park their vehicles downtown.

“It’s kind of like Crazy Days with cars,” Weyh said.

The roll-in is more casual than the annual Shades of the Past car show in that there is no entry fee to participate, Weyh said. Participants are encouraged to show vehicles such as cars, trucks and motorcycles.

The response to last year’s Roll-In was positive, club members said. The event drew attendees from surrounding communities and from as far away as Luverne and Pipestone, Weyh said. The Roll-In also benefited from the support of downtown businesses.

“Companies liked” said Shades of the Past President Kenny DeVries. “It was a big hit last year.”

Weyh said this year organizers worked with local businesses and sponsors like Runnings and Visit Marshall to bring the Roll-In back. In addition to the classic cars on display, there will be music, activities like face painting and vendors downtown.

Weyh and DeVries said club members were hoping for warm weather and good crowds on Thursday.

“It’s a great way to kick off our year and the events we organize”, Weyh said. Over the summer, Shades of the Past will be hosting a variety of events like the annual car show in June, as well as an ice cream party and a cruise for local residents to attend.

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David H. Henry