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The 43rd annual Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run is August 24th through the 26th and Polk County Chamber of Director Ashley Smith stated this year’s rod run is going to be bigger and better than ever.

Smith said they’ve added new categories and a Pin-up contest.

The trophy categories include: Top Ten, People’s Choice, Ranger’s Choice, Chamber’s Choice, Mayor’s Choice, Best Unfinished, Longest Distance, Mark Campbell Award, Best Rat Rod, Best VW Bug, Best 4X4, Best 60’s through 70’s Muscle Car, Best Custom Interior and Best Import.

Early registration is from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, August 24th at the KCS Depot/Chamber of Commerce office. The Hot Rod Parade is from 5:30 to 6 p.m. on North Mena Street and the Show and Shine event is from 6 to 9 p.m. on North Mena Street.

Saturday, August 25th, the Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run will start at the Queen Wilhelmina State Park at 9 a.m. there will be a Show-N-Shine, entertainment, door prizes, a craft fair, food vendors and a kids corner. A Poker Run is scheduled for 4 p.m. and a street dance will be held from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on South Mena Street.

Lana Gail and Gail Force will be performing Saturday night during the street dance.

There will also be an awards ceremony for the Rod Run participates.

Sunday, August 26th will feature a worship service, coffee and donuts and the closing ceremony from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Guests can also purchase tickets for the pedal car raffle.

Smith said vendors are needed and the deadline to register as a vendor is Tuesday, July 31st. To register or for more information, visit the website

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