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Road Rebels roll into Sesser for annual show

  • When much of downtown Sesser's Main Street is closed to traffic for the Road Rebels Car Club's annual car and truck show, it makes for a pleasant stroll into America's past and our country's fascination with classic vehicles.

    When much of downtown Sesser's Main Street is closed to traffic for the Road Rebels Car Club's annual car and truck show, it makes for a pleasant stroll into America's past and our country's fascination with classic vehicles.
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  • Cars and custard just seem to go together in downtown Sesser each year when the Road Rebels car club hosts its annual car show, leading to long lines at the popular Custard Stand in that community.

    Cars and custard just seem to go together in downtown Sesser each year when the Road Rebels car club hosts its annual car show, leading to long lines at the popular Custard Stand in that community.

 
By Ceasar Maragni
Contributing Writer
updated: 9/1/2022 2:06 PM

For one Saturday each August, Sesser's Main Street is closed from the east side of town to the west side so that a wide array of classic cars and trucks can be exhibited at the Road Rebels Car Show.

The Road Rebels classic car club has been around the community since the mid-1950s and has hosted the annual show for several decades since. It attracts entries from throughout the Midwest.

This year's show judges were Jerry Jones of Sesser and Gary Messersmith of Benton.

When asked what they look for what they're looking for in an entry, Messersmith said, "We're looking for straight body work, we're looking for quality paint, we're looking for good use of color, cleanliness and a good interior."

Jones added, "We also pay attention to the motors, making sure they're neat, clean and detailed."

According to Connie Henley, who was in charge of registering each vehicle entering the show, "We're still signing them in and we're going to have well over a hundred entries before we're done!"