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2014 Buick Spring Extravaganza Car Show & Swap Meet

Finally, a great day for a car show!

'37 Buick Special with late-model Corvette wheels and flamed two-tone paint.
'37 Buick Special with late-model Corvette wheels and flamed two-tone paint.
Photo by author, Aaron Ahlstrom

What is usually a wet or snowy event, 2014 weather continues to defy logic. We’re not complaining, though, as the 27th Annual Buick Spring Extravaganza Car Show & Swap Meet luckily landed on a gorgeous day.

Held Sunday, May 4th, the show is brought to you by the Gopher State Buick Club of America and held annually at Machinery Hill inside the MN State Fairgrounds. It’s generally considered the first big swap/show of the year.

The swap meet area is located in the adjoining northern parking lot. With all the rain we've had recently, some vendors had to set up in muck-filled spots. Trudging through the mud puddles littering the swap isles was an exercise in patience for shoppers looking for a bargain, too. One thing we noticed: vendors seemed to be packing it in early, with many leaving by about noon. Was this a sign of a good selling day or a bunch of frustrated and tired hawkers? Given that the swap field was only three-quarters full, we'd Venture to guess it was the latter.

Yet besides some slick swap areas, the day was pleasant with a breeze that kept the temps feeling cooler than they really were. The sun poked out and yours truly ended up with a shade of red on my face and neck.

Car owners turned out in droves, with a good mix of Buick types, muscle cars, hot rods and full-size cruisers. Interestingly, a ton of ‘70s cars crashed the scene. Oldsmobile Cutlass and Monte Carlos of this long-forgotten era (’73 – ’79) were represented in force, both in the car show and swapping areas. We like it and feel these cars have slowly earned their respect over the years.

For more information on the show and its sponsors (Valley Automotive Group, O’Reilly Auto Parts, and MPL Specialties) check out the website: http://www.gopherstatebuick.org/springshow/