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ALVO – The 18th Annual Alvo Car Show is promising to be bigger and better than ever.

The car show that is a fundraiser for the Alvo Volunteer Fire Department is Saturday, May 4.

This year, Fire and Rescue Chief Ben Glantz is expecting more than 100 vehicles and there are a couple of reasons for that.

Glantz said the Alvo show is always advertised in the Nebraska-Eastern Iowa Car Council magazine. Usually, there is another show that starts off the car show season that same day. But, that other car show is not being held this year and magazine representatives have contacted him.

“They told us to be prepared for 30 to 4o more cars,” Glantz said.

That’s not the only reason, however, that there could be more than 100 vehicles lining the streets of Alvo that first Saturday in May. a

“We’ve added a few classes, and the one I am most excited about is the youth class,” Glantz said.

The new class is for exhibitors 16 to 20 years old. It’s an open class, meaning they can bring in any type of vehicle to compete against their peers.

The goal is to get more young car owners involved in the show. Without having to compete against seasoned car owners, Glantz said his group is hopeful they can entice a few new exhibitors.

Show goers can expect to see some classic tractors this year too, as an antique tractors class has been added as well.

The third new class added to the show is for motor sports cars. The race car class will include sprints and modular.

Glantz said the Alvo Fire and Rescue Department spends a lot of time providing services during the season at the nearby race track.

“So, we thought it would nice if they could come out and support us,” he said.

While the event offers lots of eye candy for a lot of people, the support and fundraising for the department is backbone of the car show.

“One hundred person of the proceeds help the volunteer fire and rescue department,” Glantz said.

This year, they are hoping to raise enough money to purchase a power lift stretcher for the rescue squad. This piece of equipment helps provides less back strain for the volunteers who lift patients in and out of the ambulance.

A new lift can cost about $12,000. The department also has its eye on a reconditioned one for about $8,000.

Trying to use the department’s frugally, Glantz said the department will most likely purchase the recondition, which would still come with a warranty.

Car show advance registration is underway. Pre-entry is $12 now. The day of the show it goes up to $15. Pre-registration may be mailed to Alvo Volunteer Fire Department, 135 Main Street, Alvo, NE 68304.

Show sponsors have helped to ensure there will be first and second trophy prizes in the more than 30 classes.

Next weekend’s activities start off with a free will donation breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Pancakes, eggs and sausage will be on the menu.

Registration that day takes place from 8 a.m. to noon.

Glantz said the show and judging of vehicles will start at noon. He said more judges are being brought in this year and the goal is to start awarding trophies by around 3 p.m.

Round the Bend Restaurant has also donated pulled pork for the lunch stand, which will open at 11:30 p.m.

Community-wide garage sales will also be taking place in Alvo from 7:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Glantz, who also serves on the town board, said the hope is that people of all ages come out for a day of activity in Alvo.

A suggestion box will also be put out to gather input about new ideas for next year. Glantz said some car shows seem to be losing steam, but the goal is to keep making the Alvo Car Show better every year.

For more information, visit the Alvo Volunteer Fire and Rescue Facebook page or contact Glantz at 402-810-0879.

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