Sterling Main Street Car Show & Launch of 50/50 Fundraising Raffle


Sterling, IL – The summer event season in Downtown Sterling kicks off on Sunday, May 22, 2016 with Sterling Main Street’s 3rd Annual Car Show. Held once again at the intersection of 2nd Avenue and East 2nd Street near Plainwell Brass in downtown Sterling, this annual car show has been a huge hit with the community, and continued growth is anticipated.
“We started with 71 cars for our first event, and quickly maxed out the space available at our original location,” says Janna Groharing, Executive Director of Sterling Main Street. “Last year we moved to the larger area at 2nd and 2nd, and grew to 116 entrants. We’d love to see another 50% increase this year.”

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New for this year’s event is Main Street’s partnership with area car club, the Sauk Valley Shifters. “Last year they held a swap meet a few weeks before our show, which was a big success for them. We began talking at our show last year about combining the two events and never looked back,” continues Groharing.
The day will hold something for all types of car enthusiasts. The swap meet will run from 8 AM until 4 PM. Car show registration will begin at 8 AM, judging will begin at Noon, with awards presentations beginning around 2:30 PM. Advance registration is underway now, with forms available on Main Street’s website,, or by contacting the Main Street office. Advance registration is just $12, and will be $15 on the day of the show. Awards will be given to the Top 40 vehicles, along with a Best of Show. Also new for 2016 – a Mayor’s Choice Award. The Sauk Valley Shifters will be presenting an award to the best Rat Rod.
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The Car Show also serves as the kick off for ticket sales for Sterling Main Street’s annual 50/50 raffle. Tickets will be on sale through the months of June and July, and a single winner will be drawn during Sterling Main Street’s annual Music Fest on July 23, 2016 at the Grandon Civic Center.
“This is the 3rd year for our raffle and the prize pot continues to grow,” says Brian Grummert, president of Sterling Main Street’s Board of Directors. “We are very proud to be able to say that 100% of our fundraising dollars is put back into the community through Main Street’s activities, events and downtown improvement efforts.”
In addition to Main Street’s annual partnership campaign and sponsorship contributions, ongoing fundraising efforts help the organization be able to continue to grow annual community events such as Hot Dog Day and the Seasonal Sights & Sounds activities. In addition to annual events and downtown promotions, Main Street focuses efforts on historic preservation and downtown beautification.
Raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20, and will be available through July 23th at the Sterling Main Street office and from Main Street board members. Main Street volunteers will also be at select Movies at Grandon, Sterling Municipal Band Concerts and the Twin City Farmers’ Market with tickets for sale. Tickets will also be available at the July 23th Music Fest until 7:00 p.m. The winner will be drawn that evening around 8:15 p.m., just before the last band takes the stage.
For more information about Sterling Main Street, its programs and projects, please contact 815-626-8610 or visit
Janna Groharing, Executive Director
[email protected] , 815-626-8610


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