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Cars shine during Herzogfest celebration in Victoria




VICTORIA -- Car enthusiasts got an early start Saturday morning at Herzogfest.

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VICTORIA -- Car enthusiasts got an early start Saturday morning at Herzogfest.

There were more than 40 entries at the Herzogfest fifth annual rod, custom and cycle show by mid-morning including a 1928 Dodge Touring Car and 1938 Chevy Street Rod. Spectators and participants checked out the old, new and unusual entries parked under the shade trees on the grounds behind the vendor booths on Main Street.

Mike Hertel's Ford Galaxie sheriff's car fit the unusual category. With a Mayberry license plate and North Carolina patrol decal on the door, it featured The Andy Griffith Show's Deputy Barney Fife in the passenger's seat along with a "crazy doctor," in the back, Hertel said.

Hertel also has a fire truck and "cop bike. I never grew up," he said.

D. J. Kinderknecht, 10, inspected the car closely and proclaimed it "cool."

He came to the show with his neighbor Swede Swenson, Ellis, who brought his Dodge Challenger.

Swenson bought the Challenger eight or nine years ago.

"I brought it home in pieces on a trailer and two pickup trucks."

Now that it's show worthy, he's ready to sell it and move on to another project.

Allan Popp is hanging onto his one owner 1978 Z28 Camaro.

"It's my high school graduation gift," he said.

He doesn't drive it much, but enters it in a few local shows.

Herzogfest has something for everyone, said Carol Freitag.

Freitag has been on the Herzogfest committee for three years.

Besides the concerts and musical acts, the annual festival has fun cycles and banana bikes, inflatables, bingo, Bumpy Knuckles the Clown and of course "good ole German food," Freitag said.

She also helps with the St. Boniface Catholic Church booth, making the broth for the chicken and noodles.

"Everybody has been cooking for a long time. You don't do this in a week."

The polka music playing in the background had Betty Younger tapping her toes while her husband Richard Younger danced with their daughter Christine Lang.

The Youngers have been members of the Sunflower Polka Club for 27 years.

'It keeps you young," Betty Younger said of dancing.

From the time it opened at 10 a.m., Bribiesca Concessions serving lemonade, limeade and cherry limeade, was a popular stop for many.

Matt Bribiesca, Holcomb, said he's been coming to Herzogfest for about 20 years.

"It's always warm," he said. "It's a good time to sell lemonade."

"It's fun," Freitag said of Herzogfest. "We're kind of friendly people. It's a good way to get out, and see people you don't see very often."