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Autofest revival includes traditional drive-in

Staff photo by Clay Schuldt The audience settles inside their vehicles to as the previews roll before the drive-in feature presentation.
Staff photo by Clay Schuldt The car audience waits for sunset to view the movie.
Staff photo by Clay Schuldt Don Hofmeister and family wait for the drive-in movie to start. Hofmiester brought along his dream car, a Ford Model A.
Staff photo by Clay Schuldt Around 75 vehicles parked at the Brown County Fairgrounds for the annual Drive-in Movie. This year “The Great Outdoors” was screen for the car crowd.

NEW ULM — After a two-year hiatus, the Autofest Car show was held on Sunday, and the traditional Saturday night drive-in was also back at the County Fairgrounds during Autofest weekend.

The drive-in movie has become a staple event during the New Ulm Autofest. A screen is tied to the back of the grandstands and audiences are free to park on the lawn to watch a free movie.

Unlike the old-time days when drive-ins covered the nation and entertained film buffs from their cars using an attachable intercom speaker, the film is broadcast on an FM radio frequency.

This year’s movie was the 1988 comedy “The Great Outdoors,” a late replacement for the planned “Smokey and the Bandit” film, which was restricted for licensing reasons.

Autofest Club member Lee Knauf said the turnout for the drive-in show was fantastic, with close to 70 vehicles in attendance.

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