Hot wheels and hot meals

The second night of Oktemberfest was all about fueling engines and bodies Friday night in Marshalltown.

The classic car show had 115 entries and the spaghetti dinner drew hundreds of people as the cornerstone events of the night.

Jim and Charlene Hulin, of Dillon, entered their 1929 Mercedes Gazelle in the show and it wowed the crowd when it arrived on Main Street.

“Jim calls it a head turner,” Charlene Hulin said. “It turns heads and that’s what he likes about it.”

Kenny Buffington took the best in show prize with his 1957 Chevy and the best pick up went to Paul Eigenberger for his 1963 Chevy.

“It was a great year this year,” said car show chair TJ Ham. “The weather was perfect.”

JBS sold pork ribs to benefit the Project Lead the Way science initiative at Marshalltown High School. More than 1,000 ribs were sold in the effort.

“That had a great turnout for a good cause,” said Zach Wahl, chair of the Oktemberfest board.

Local rock band JJ Ace also performed on a flat bed truck at the corner of Main and Center streets.

“What a beautiful night in Marshalltown,” said lead singer Gary Judge. “Look at all of those people. This is awesome.”

Over at the spaghetti dinner in Veterans Memorial Coliseum, the Matins Kiwanis expected to serve up 300 meals. The group cooked up 40 pounds of spaghetti for the fundraiser to help it with community projects and donations.

“It’s a great way for us to promote Oktemberfest,” said Sue Beurskens, organizer of the dinner.

The festival continues Saturday with the big parade at 10 a.m. and events through the night. Country star Joe Diffie is scheduled to perform at 6:30 p.m. in the parking lot west of the coliseum.

Wahl said the parade will go on rain or shine and there’s a possibility the Diffie show will be moved indoors at the coliseum, if the weather doesn’t allow for an outdoor show.