John Woodward refers to them as “big boy’s toys.”
On Sunday, about five dozen of those toys will roll their way to Dickson-Murst Farm—at 2550 Dickson Road, on Montgomery’s west side—for the third annual Antique Truck Show. And lovers of old big rigs will be in heaven—everything from classic cars to construction equipment to military vehicles will be on display.
With so much history on wheels, the appeal, at least for Woodward, is obvious.
“It’s like an antique car show. You go to antique car shows and leave fingerprints on ‘em and drool on ‘em, and say, ‘I’d really like to have that,’” Woodward laughed.
The yearly event is coordinated by the northwest Illinois chapter of the American Truck Historical Society, and is free to attend. But food sales and donations will go to the Dickson-Murst Farm Partners, a group of volunteers dedicated to preserving the century-plus-old farmstead.
In 2006, the allowed the Conservation Foundation to buy the 4.5-acre farmstead—saving it from the bulldozers—and open a satellite office there. The Foundation agreed, as long as volunteers could be found to maintain the barns and other buildings, some more than a century old.
Enter the Dickson-Murst Farm Partners, a group of around 25 people who give their time to do just that. John Woodward and his wife Merrie are both Partners, and they help organize the four annual events that provide the volunteers with the money they need to keep the farmstead in good condition.
The Dickson-Murst Farm is only open during those four events each year.
Sunday’s show, John Woodward said, is geared more toward adults, but kids are welcome, and will have a good time. Bluegrass music will be provided by the Northern Illinois Bluegrass Association, and freshly-grilled burgers and hot dogs will be on sale at the Country Kitchen.
The Antique Truck Show runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free to attend, though donations are accepted. Parking is free as well. The show will go on rain or shine. For more information and directions, visit the Conservation Foundation online, or call 630-272-0686.