BY LEANN DILBECK –
The 41st Annual Mark Campbell Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run attracted 161 cars for this year’s event. Lisa Campbell said she and the family were very pleased with the turnout and very grateful for the community’s support.
Friday night’s Show & Shine was the first ever in the event’s history to be able to be held on North Mena Street. Sandy Jewell, long-time member of the ‘Mena Bunch’ who helps to host and organize the annual event said, “I sure wish Mark was here to see this [cars parked on North Mena Street]. It’s something he always wanted but I know he’s looking down right now with a big ol’ smile on his face saying ‘I finally got my way,’” she said smiling with pride as she watched the street rods and muscle cars continue to file in.
Partnering with the Campbell family this year for the event was the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce. Several businesses stayed open late and participated in an event organized through the Chamber to encourage shopping in the local area.
Weather held off for the event held atop Rich Mountain at the Queen Wilhelmina State Park on Saturday. Following a full day of displaying their pride and joys, the community and Rod Runners made their way to South Mena Street to enjoy live music from ‘Night Hawk,’ compliments of the Mena Advertising & Promotion Commission.
Sunday morning, awards and door prizes were presented. Winning the “People’s Choice” award voted by the Rod Run participants was Jeff Kinsey with his 1937 Dodge.
Kinsey, is a major name in the antique and classic car restoration industry. His company, Hotrods by JSK in Cumby, Texas, is one of the most sought out. The Pulse caught up with Kinsey following the awards where he shared that Mark’s Rod Run is something he’s been coming to for years and is one of his favorites. “This show is one of the smallest … and sure I could be at other National shows that are 10-times this size but this one has heart,” a testament to the lasting friendships and comradery of the show’s participants.
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