LITCHVILLE, N.D. -- The Litchville Main Street Car Show is Saturday, July 18, in Litchville and organizer Shelly Thoreson of Marion said there’s a show keepsake that appeals to those who participate.

“Everybody that enters will leave with a plaque with their picture in it,” she said. “We take pictures of all the cars (and vehicles).”

Last year the show drew 180 participants, she said.

“They come from all over,” she said.

This is the 15th year of the show, which is on Main Street in Litchville and runs from 8 a.m. to 2 or 3 p.m., depending upon how many vehicles are entered. There is no fee to enter the show or view the entries.

“We’re open (to) - any make, any model, any year,” she said. “We’ve had everything from 1930s coupes, 1920s coupes, as a matter of fact, to brand new pickups.”

Thoreson said the show originally was started by her husband, Todd, and his friend, Duane Formo. While Formo still has a little involvement, Shelly Thoreson said she works to get sponsors for the show each year from businesses in Valley City, Jamestown and local communities. The event in the town is organized by a few people and many community volunteers help on the day of the event. The 2018 Census Bureau estimate of the population of Litchville is 205. Litchville is about 45 miles south and east of Jamestown and about 28 miles south and west of Valley City.

“In these little towns there’s so little to do and so we wanted to bring the communities together,” she said. The show is good for businesses and it’s also a way for neighbors to get together, she said.

Liz Fick operates the Litchville, North Dakota, Facebook page and said she expects attendance at the car show to be up, in part due to people being isolated from the coronavirus pandemic.

"I do expect a lot of people to be here, probably even more than last year ...," she said. "Not only the car show enthusiasts, but I think a lot of people are just going to come ... (to) get out and see people that they haven't seen for a long time."

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and people entering the show are encouraged to come then due to the logistics of taking photos for the plaques, Thoreson said. Anyone who registers a vehicle in the show is eligible for door prizes that will be given away. The five classes in the show are Cars, Trucks, Motorcycles, Tractors and Best Build of anyone 24 years old and younger (entry doesn’t have to be complete). There is also the Mayor’s Choice award, chosen by the mayor of Litchville, who is currently Brad Botner. The winning entry for Mayor’s Choice is featured on the top of the car show’s Facebook page for the year and on a poster advertising the event.

Botner could not be reached for comment.

As part of the day’s events, donuts and coffee will be available in the morning and a “Backyard Barbecue” starts around 10 a.m. featuring hotdogs, hamburger and chips for a freewill donation. Citywide rummage sales are also planned, she said.

Volunteers turn out in force to help at the show, Thoreson said. From tasks such as registering vehicles and parking them to registering the drivers for door prizes, making food, taking photos and placing the photos in the plaques, Thoreson said their contributions are “huge” to making the show work.

“I think a lot of people come for that plaque every year,” she said of entrants. “... It’s kind of a neat thing.”

She said while she thinks the car show is a good event for people to get together, it’s also a chance to see some older vehicles close up.

“... I know a lot of people love these old cars and can’t afford them and so they wander around and they look at everything and they talk to the people that own them and ask questions,” she said. “It’s really a neat deal.”


If you go

What: Litchville Main Street Car Show

When: 8 a.m. to 2 or 3 p.m. July 18

Where: Litchville, N.D.

Admission: free

Facebook page: Litchville Main Street Car Show