Symco Shakedown Hot Rod & Rockabilly Weekend


by WDJT Assignment Desk

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

August 10, 2012 at 8:00 AM until 11:00 PM

Location: Symco, WI – 3 miles north of Manawa, WI on Hwy 22

Phone: (920)235-1020



Event Description

Symco, WI… For the fourth year, the annual Symco Shakedown Hot Rod and Rockabilly Weekend will take over the tiny town of Symco, WI. Just three miles north of Manawa, WI, Unionville Village is turned back to 1959. Flat black hot rods, good old Rock & Roll and all that the good ol' days had to offer makes “Summer camp for hot rodders” an event not to miss. There are hundreds of 1964 and earlier hot rods, custom cars and vintage motorcycles, along with a antique bicycle display, acres of vendors and camping on site. Well over a dozen rockabilly, surf and garage bands provided entertainment until 11pm both Friday and Saturday nights. This is NOT a car show, it is a lifestyle event.

For 2012, perfect weather is ordered! But we have plenty of cover if it does not. Music on three stages, two of which are inside. You will see a village filled with vehicles and equipment typical of those that roamed the street of America during the post-war era from the late 1940’s thru the 1960’s. Don't forget that many of our participants dress the part. 30 lucky gals will be competing in the 2nd annual Miss Symco pinup contest. They can be previewed at

Live rock-a-billy, surf and garage bands will provide entertainment throughout the two-day show. Acts include; Kevin Fayte Rock and Roll Trio, Hillbilly Casino, The New Directions, The Krank Daddies, Pearls Mahone and the One Eyed Jacks, The Muddy Udders, The One Night Standards and many more.

Check out the website for band information. Weekend camping is available on the grounds. Only $30 per site for the weekend! There will be a large automotive swap meet, and dozens of commercial vendors! Our 4th annual mini-bike drag races will be held Saturday on the thresheree’s clay track, immediately following the Miss Symco competition. Throughout the two days, the Union Threshermen demonstrate TONS of vintage equipment that Larry Werth and the group have collected over the years.

Plenty of good food and beverages will be available at the show. Food and drink prices are affordable. Breakfast is available each morning. The Union Thresheree provides $1 tap beer, $5 pitchers and $2 cans all weekend.

The historic Symco venue is known nationwide as the home to the National Antique Tractor Pull which is held every July during the Symco Thresheree. The showground’s itself feature a treasure trove of Americana with dozens of historic buildings featuring thousands of antique signs, gas pumps, stationary engines and the like. Watch one of the 6 Fairbanks/Morris stationary engines run! There is also an operating sawmill, along with a blacksmith shop, on the grounds. Other attractions include a barbershop, post office, print shop, firehouse, a jail, a bank and other early 20th century displays. There is even an operating feed mill powered by a functional water wheel.

The Thresheree grounds are located in the town of Symco on Wisconsin State Hwy 22 midway between Clintonville and Waupaca.

For more information please visit our web page at
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