Gear-Head draws record crowd

Looking east down Division Street from above, rows of classics, rods and a truck or two, stretch under clear skies to almost to the fire station. The entirety of Birch Avenue was filled with even more for gear-heads to enjoy, all the way down to Fourth Street, in fact. It is easy to see that the seventh annual Gear-Head Get Together was a hit. (Photo courtesy of Ricci Smelser and the Maple Lake Lions)

The weather was so perfect Saturday, the owner of this convertible didn’t worry about leaving the top down, giving spectators the chance to peek inside. (Photo by Brenda Erdahl)

Officials are estimating Saturday’s, Aug. 19, 7th annual Gear-Head Get Together was the biggest yet, drawing thousands of people to Maple Lake where an assortment of collectables, oddities and mechanical masterpieces stretched all the way to Fourth Street.
Shiny cars and rusty re-models still in the works, motorcycles of all eras and intriguing odds and ends lined Birch Avenue from the Old Creamery southward, spilling into side streets wherever they were able.
Although numbers were not totaled as of press time, Scott Chantland, one of the event’s organizers, estimated about 700 vehicles and 100 motorcycles were entered.

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