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Antiques, muscles and classics fill downtown Swisher

Swisher Men’s Club Car Show celebrates the horseless carriage
Antiques, classics, muscle cars and other unique vehicles fill 2nd Street in downtown Swisher Saturday, Sept. 14, during the ninth-annual Swisher Men’s Club Car Show.

SWISHER– The streets of downtown Swisher filled with a variety of antique, classic, and other custom cars, trucks, and motorcycles on Saturday, Sept. 14, as the Swisher Men’s Club held its ninth annual Car Show.
According to member of the Men’s Club and Car Show Chairman Seth Chapman the show is one of the Club’s fundraisers. The money from the fundraiser goes to a number of different purposes. For example, the Club provides scholarships for Prairie (College Community School District) students, donates to Table 2 Table (an Iowa City based organization collecting food that otherwise would go to waste and distributes it to those in-need through agencies serving the hungry, homeless, and at-risk populations), veterans organizations and hospice providers.
“We also do a lot of things locally,” he said.
For example, the Men’s Club helped out after a family’s house was struck by lightning, paying for some of the remodeling work. They’ve also helped to provide wheelchair ramps to make it easier for seniors and others with physical challenges to get in and out of their homes. Camp Courageous (a year-round recreational and respite care facility for special needs people near Monticello) has also benefited.
The Jefferson-Monroe Twp. (Swisher-Shueyville) Fire Department also benefited from the Men’s Club courtesy of funds donated last year providing a set of heavy lifting air bags used to lift heavy machinery, trucks, etc. off of people trapped underneath.
“We donated $5,000 to them, from last year’s Game Feed,” Chapman added.
Chapman said typically 175-230 cars show up for the show, filling the streets of downtown Swisher. Trophies were presented for the top 60 vehicles, based upon registered participants votes, along with a Best of Show, Motorcycle class, and a Special Interest class, including tractors and other unique vehicles.
“We have a little bit of something for everybody,” he added.