QC Auto Show adds many special events

The 2022 Quad City Auto Show has added several special events and family entertainment features to this year’s show.

The show will be Friday through Sunday, March 4-6, at the Bend XPO, 922 Mississippi Parkway, East Moline. The show will be open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for seniors 62 years old and over, and free admission for children 12 and under. (People can save $2 on an adult ticket when tickets are bought online.)

One of the special features at the show will be a display of classic Corvettes from Mid-West Corvettes, Inc.

Denny Waddell, president of Mid-West Corvettes, said the Quad Cities-based club of Corvette owners, plans to display seven of the classic vehicles at the show. Those vehicles are scheduled to be delivered to the show Wednesday morning and will be at the show through Sunday.

He added the classic cars have always been real crowd-pleasers at shows.

“You can’t even fill up your gas tank without somebody asking about the cars,” Mr. Waddell said.

Here are some of the special events and other features at the 2022 Quad City Auto Show:

  • Rides and drives, everyday at the show by Stellantis and Subuaru.
  • Humane Society pet adoptions, 3-6 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
  • NASCAR simulators will be available all weekend.
  • Face painting, balloons for kids, magic tricks and therapy dogs on Saturday.
  • 101.3 KISS AM Family Day, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, with a petting zoo, coloring contest, balloon artist, milk and cookies for kids.
  • There will be a historical vehicle exhibit with Velie vehicles manufactured in the Quad Cities. Some of the vehicles on display will be: 1917 Velie Touring Car from Neil West;  1922 R&V Knight Touring Car from Larry Anderson; 1922 Velie Touring car from Clair Pearson; 1919 Velie Roadster from Pat Flaherty. The I-80 Truck Stop Museum will have a Velie truck on display.

Proceeds from the auto show will benefit the Iowa-Illinois Regional Auto Show Scholarship Fund. This year’s event is expected to bring in about $50,000 in scholarship money. More than $581,000 has been given to college-bound and trade school-bound students over the years.

For more information on the show, go to quadcityautoshow.com.

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