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Lena Shakedown will be Saturday
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LENA - Lena Area Special Event Runners will host its Lena Shakedown from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at 9426 Wagner Road.

The Food Village will showcase many area restaurants and food vendors. Food vendors and non-profit organizations participating include: The Rafters, Saporito's Pizzeria, Café 217, Cedar Inn, AJ's Lena Maid Meats, Rt 73 Brew and Chew, Natural Healing Express, Lena Q's Cotton Candy and Lena Brewing Company.

The Lena United Methodist Church will be in charge of the AJ's Lena Maid Meats vendor area. The Friends of the Pecatonica River Group will be selling water and the Lena Boy Scouts will be selling Lemon Shake Ups.

The Smoking Hot Barbecue contest will begin at 8 a.m. for participants. Pit masters will compete for the tastiest barbecue with baby back ribs, whole turkey breast, boneless pork loin, whole beef tenderloin and a mystery "meat." Sponsors include: Laneview AG, Heid Repair, Excalibur Seasoning, Stephenson Farm Service, Lena State Bank, Regez Supply Co. Inc., Mahon Farms Pioneer Seeds, AJ's Lena Maid Meats, The Flash, Keltner Farms, Rogers Brothers, Lena Sign Shop and Apple River State Bank.

For more information on participating in the barbecue contest, contact Marcia Pax of AJ's Lena Maid Meats at 815-369-4522.

The Lena Shakedown will also feature a vintage and antique car show. Classes include: Pre-1950s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s-plus, Stock Truck, Mod Truck, Hot Rods, motorcycles, special interest and tractors. Goody bags including dash plaques will be handed out for the first 125 registered entrants, and trophies will be awarded for the top three in each class and best of show. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Car show sponsors include: FS Farmtown, Pat Brown Realtors, Brink's Storage, Skid Steer Specialties, Lena Bed and Biscuit, Wagner Automotive, Corp Tire, Brandon's Hardware & Rental, Hometown Trophies and More, Lena KOA, Martin Minerals, Buss Boyz Customs, Full Throttle Power Sports, Checkered Flag Auto Body, Bocker Auto Group, Country Financial, West Point Mutual Insurance, Stockton Auto Supplies and Mac Tools.

For more information, contact Rhonda or Troy Pokoj at 815-369-9747 with Checkered Flag Auto Body. At press time, as an added feature, the car show will include Dyno services for $25 a pull, sponsored by Geezer Racing and Treehouse Records.

The headline act will be Nashville recording artist Corey Cox, whose first single is "Wake Up Drunk." Cox will perform around 9 p.m. Kim Lepak of WCCI will DJ and host the stage for the day. Local band Just for Kicks will perform several rock and roll tunes following the car show. Nashville recording artist and national act Joe Denim and the Aaron Whalen Band will also perform. JaJa Media will be sponsoring the VIP area.

Event sponsors include: Mediacom, Checkered Flag, AJ's Lena Maid Meats, Natural Healing Express, FS Stephenson Service Company, The Village of Lena, Pat Brown Realtors, Lingle Design Group Inc., Bud Light, Adkins Energy, Hlava Industrial Welding Inc., LBPA, Rafters Restaurant and Lena Brewing Company, Twisted Metal Auto Body, Precision Drive and Control, The Red Barn, The Mill Furnishings and Design, Community Bank and Illinois State Rep. Brian Stewart.

For more information, contact Ross Vehmeier at or 815-369-5330.