Independence Day Celebration, Car Show Attracts Hundreds

For an 8-year-old, nothing seems cooler than a dad.

Second-grader Cade Klosinski came to the Willow Springs Garden Independence Day Celebration and Car Show with his dad, who showed two trucks.

"My dad brought his trucks," Cade Klonsinski said. "He thought it'd be neat for me to see all the old cars."

More than 300 cars were on the land Sunday, and that wasn't the extent of the festivities. There was food, music and historical celebrity impersonators to entertain families.

For the owner of Whiplash Pulling team, Dan Klosinski, Sunday was a chance for him to show the trucks he's been working on for 24 years.

"A lot of people have a lot of questions (about the trucks)," Dan Klonsinski said. "A lot of people don't know what they are, what they do and how they work. I get to explain the best I can."

The organizers, Peggy and Dennis Griffin, put the celebrations on to continue restoration on the red, round barn that is on the property along with other buildings at Willow Springs Garden.

The 111-year-old barn was moved in September 2006 to the new site, and since has been used for weddings and other events for locals.

The Griffins put on five celebrations during the year all together: Spring Fest, Winter Fest, Christmas Fest, Independence Day Celebration and Fall Fest.

The proceeds and donations from the celebrations go toward restoring their historical preservation site.

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