Sutherland Labor Day Celebration
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Photos by Mike Leckband
The town of Sutherland staged its annual Labor Day celebration over the holiday weekend, and a large crowd turned out for the events, which included a parade, dance, and automobile "burn out" races.
Sutherland Labor Day Parade -
A large crowd lined the streets of Sutherland on Monday to view the town's annual Labor Day Parade. Many area communities take part in the grand parade, which usually lasts more than an hour from start to finish.
Grand Marshal -
The Sutherland parade Grand Marshal was Ken Hoyne, shown here in a classic Ford Mustang.
The band marched on -
Members of the South O'Brien Marching Band participated in the Labor Day Parade in Sutherland over Labor Day weekend.
Clowning around -
Members of the local Boy Scouts had fun clowning around during the Sutherland Labor Day Parade held on Monday.
Hand out -
Candy was the treat of the day for any and all ages that attended the Sutherland Labor Day Parade.
Flags a - flying -
The Peterson Lions Club is pictured with flags waving proudly during the Sutherland Labor Day Parade. Many area communities participate in the annual Sutherland Labor Day Parade to help make the parade one of the most popular parades in Northwest Iowa.
Riding high -
The South O'Brien Football team is pictured riding on top the Sutherland Fire Department's pumper truck during Monday's Labor Day Parade in Sutherland.
South O'Brien Volleyball -
The South O'Brien volleyball team enjoyed a nice ride on the Calumet Fire Department's truck at the Sutherland Labor Day parade.
Red riders -
The Sutherland Commercial Club was driven down the parade route in this classic fire truck from the Sutherland Fire Department.
Classic tractors -
Several classic antique tractors drove down the Sutherland parade route, with their drivers waving to the crowd seated along the route.
Sutherland Burnout Rally held -
Penny White of Hartley is pictured above smoking her tires in her 1971 Chevy Camaro, while Alan Mills gives her the green flag to proceed down the street andmake her run, during the annual Sutherland Burnout Rally held over Labor Day Weekend.
Boys and their toys
By Mike Leckband
How many young boys have always dreamed of finding an old classic car and then turn around to fix them up into a hot street rod?
Well if you ever wanted to meet those little boys who dreamed that dream, one has to look no further than the Sutherland Car Show that was held on Labor Day Weekend in Sutherland. Classic car collectors gathered there to show off their own particular "pride and joy."
One of those collectors who shared his love of cars during the Sutherland Car Show was Rob White of Sioux Rapids.
White, who was born in Cherokee and lived there for his first 12 years, has admittedly been playing with cars since he was 14 years old. Over the past several years, White has developed a passion for restoring classic cars. Two years ago, he found a 1935 Ford 5 -window lying in a ravine.
He admits that there wasn't much left of the car, but that didn't stop him. The frame of the car was completely gone and that was his first project. In his shop in Sioux Rapids, he began the time - consuming reconstruction of the frame, using pieces he found from a Model A frame. The axel for his restoration came from a 1969 Cougar and he modified a 305 Monty SS for the engine in his new hot rod.
White and his wife remade the interior of the car, using parts from other vehicles, and painted his car "viper yellow."
He rebuilt much of the car himself. He had to find some parts from Speedway, and spent many hours combing through junkyards to find just the right parts.
White also credits his friends and family with supplying him with many donated parts. It is often hard to calculate how much a project like this worth due to all the parts are used plus all the time involved with the project.
White said that, not counting his time, he had invested $5,000 in his car. Not bad for a street rod, but to the collector, the joy of having such a car is priceless.
The next project that White is working on is a 1925 Wood Drawn Manure spreader with a 350 Chevy motor. When describing this project he smiles, and says its kind of a parade item.
Rod White of Sioux Rapids was one of the many classic car collectors who attended the Sutherland Classic Cars Show held last weekend. White is pictured next to his 1934 Ford 5 Window that he recently made into a street rod.
Car Show -
Classic cars lined Main St. in Sutherland over Labor Day Weekend to participate in the Sutherland Classic Car Show. This event is one of the most popular event among car enthusiasts.
Dog days -
The popularity of the Sutherland Burnout Rally is not exclusive to just humans. A pair of Great Danes were also in attendance to watch the rally.
Let 'her' rip -
Cassandra Peterson of Hartley is pictured in her Chevy pickup,letting loose at the Sutherland Burnout Rally. Peterson is the daughter of Penny Whiteand the granddaughter of Rob White.
Drivers Meeting -
Prior to the Sutherland Burnout Rally , drivers in the contest gathered around to hear instructions to insure a safe and fair competition.