ABERDEEN, S.D. - The 8th Annual downtown car and bike show known as Sizzlin' Summer Nights will be Saturday, August 25, 2007 in Downtown Aberdeen, SD. The show runs from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm, with the parade starting at 9:00. The event is free to participants and enthusiast alike. This has become a popular event for the region and this year will not be a disappointment. Annually, approx 300 cars and 150 bikes from the 3 state regions attend.
Show area: This year’s event has been expanded to run from 6th Ave South to 2nd Avenue North on Main Street. The Avenues are being used to showcase our sponsors of this event. No parking will be allowed on Main Street after 1 pm and cars will be towed.
Participants: Anyone wishing to be a participant is welcome. To enter the show area, drivers need to come onto Main Street from 6th Avenue only. Participants are to come no earlier than 3:00 pm and volunteers will be on hand to guide the drivers to their parking places. There is no pre-registration and no entry fee. There will be no reserved parking. If participants want to park with a particular group, the group needs to arrive as a group.
Food: Two food courts will be available to satisfy any cravings. One food court will be located on 3rd Avenue, with the other in the parking lot north of the DakotahPrairieMuseum. Picnic tables will be set up, along with portable bathrooms for show goers' convenience. Downtown businesses will also be selling food items in front of or from their business. This year's food selection includes pork sandwiches, ribs, pulled beef, hotdogs, brats, BBQ’s, Pizza, Gyros, corn dogs, ribbon fries, onion rings, nachos, walking and Indian tacos. For dessert, there is also assorted ice cream and frozen treats, funnel cakes, fudges, popcorn and kettle corn, as well as a large variety of refreshments such as pop, water, lemonade, tea, and smoothies. There is something for everyone's taste!
Parade: The parade will begin at 9:00 pm. As in previous years, the Aberdeen Police Department will try to have officers at the intersections on 6th Ave. to help guide the parade through the traffic lights, however, where there is no officer, the parade participants must follow the law and obey all traffic signs/lights. And therefore, there may be lags in the parade.
Motorcycles: The motorcycles will be located on Main Street between Railroad Ave and the tracks. The Motorcycles are scheduled to make their entrance shortly after 5:00 pm. Any bikers who wish to ride with the police escorted group are welcome. Bikers are asked to be at MelgaardPark before 5:00 pm-with the group leaving at 5 pm. For more information contact either Jan Weismental or Bruce Henderson.
Special Feature & other attractions of special interest: Wheels and Wings Weekend featuring Sizzlin Summer Nights is a South Dakota Great Event for 2007. To make this happen, we have partnered with the Aberdeen Air Show to combine advertising efforts for the purpose of bringing thousands more visitors to Aberdeen for one great weekend of entertainment!
Live music will be playing by the band Something New. This is a new attraction to the car show and we think it will be a great addition!
The SD Corvette Club will set up a display regarding introducing Autocross to Aberdeen.
Aeronautics will hold a special place in the event with our partnership with the Aberdeen Fly-In held on Sunday at the regional airport. These displays will be set up on 1st Avenue east of Main Street in front of the DakotahPrairieMuseum.
The Model Airplane Club may set up a display for the public to see their planes and provide more information on the club.
On every Avenue (except 3rd), sponsors will have interesting vehicles and/or merchandise available.
Antique Tractor’s will be displayed.
The Aberdeen Downtown Association will also have an information booth set up as a location for all volunteers to report. Official 8th Annual Sizzlin Summer Night t-shirts will be sold.
Bring the family downtown, come with an empty stomach, and be prepared to have an enjoyable "free" evening of entertainment.