First bike and car show to rev up Wild West Days

by Nathan Warner

Contributing writer

Summer revs up next weekend with Zimmerman’s First Invitational Bike and Car Show, Saturday, May 25, at Countryside Collision Center. Planned and organized by new Zimmerman Civic Club member Kris Hicks, the show promises to be remarkable and memorable.

“In addition to the great local engines to be represented, we have bikes coming from all over the state, and we have several car clubs from greater Minnesota supporting us as well,” Hicks said.

Open to the public, enthusiasts can enter a vehicle in the show for $15. Registration runs 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with awards announced at 5 p.m. If you register in advance, you could get a custom show T-shirt. Each entry will also get a free drink ticket.

Judging the competition will be living legend Donnie Smith, a top designer and fabricator of complete custom-built bikes. Winners will stand out for Best Paint Job, Best in Show and People’s Choice, with a specially designed trophy with a custom leather plaque to add distinction to their trophy shelf.

Hicks and Bill Potrament, president of the Civic Club, look forward to a huge turnout.

“The great thing about Wild West Days is that it is the first event of the season,” Potrament said, “so the hibernating enthusiasm of the community gets a chance to splurge in this annual ritual. It’s the cure for spring fever.”

Like Anna Mae’s Mercantile, the Zimmerman Civic Club is hoping the car show carves out its own territory in Wild West Days. Judging by the great displays seen last year in the parade, that won’t be a problem.

“Zimmerman has a lot to show, so get out and see it,” Potrament said.

For more information, visit the Zimmerman Civic Club at