Steele County Historical Society Hosts the 3rd Annual Gus’ Station Breakfast and Car Show

June 27, 2017

The Steele County Historical Society, in partnership with the Ellendale Heritage Society, invites you to the 3rd Annual Gus’ Station Breakfast and Car Show being held on Saturday, July 22, 8:30 AM to noon at the Steele County History Center, 1700 Austin Road, Owatonna, MN.


Classic cars of all ages, new and old, domestics and imports will be on display throughout the facility parking area at the Steele County Historical Society, ensuring there is something for everyone to see.

The car show is a participant voting system, with open class trophies to the top ten vehicles.  A dash plaque will be given to the first 75 entries.  There is a $5 per vehicle registration fee.

The show will feature several specialty vehicles – SWE original service truck, Al and Harriet Severson tractor, a sprint car and more!


In addition to being able to view all the cars, guests will be allowed to stroll through the Village of Yesteryear and purchase commemorative items in Gus’ Station. Or join us for breakfast catered by Superior Catering  with egg bake, fresh fruit and cinnamon rolls.  The breakfast will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 AM. The cost is $10 per person; children 5 and under eat free with paid adult.  Tickets are available at the SCHS, Tri M Graphics and Kottke Jewelers. 


Admission to the car show is free, however donations are always appreciated. All proceeds go to Gus’ Station Restoration and proposed addition of a recognized service bay to be located next to Gus’ Station.

Built in 1931 on Highway 65 in Ellendale, MN, to serve the burgeoning motor car market, Gus’ Station truly served its clientele.  Gus would check the oil, the water level in the radiator, the tire pressure and wash your windshield. To school kids in Ellendale, where it sat on the same block as the school, the station served candy and pop to delighted kids during recess and lunchtime, even into the 1980s.

Immediately following the car show, there will be a car run to the Ellendale Muni.  Join us for live music, food and drink specials, preferred parking to car show participants.


The Steele County History Center is a part of the Steele County Historical Society, a non-profit educational and cultural institution established in 1949. Its mission is to preserve and share Steele County history today for tomorrow.  The Society collects, preserves and tells the story of Steele County’s past through museum exhibits, research, collections, tours, educational programs and book publishing. 


The Steele County Historical Society operates the Village of Yesteryear May 1st through September 30th with guided tours offered at 1:30 PM Tuesday through Sunday. Adults $5, children ages 7-16 $3.00, children 6 and under accompanied by an adult, free. Group tours, and other tour times are available by appointment. The History Center is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 AM-4 PM, Thursday from 10 AM- 8 PM, and Saturday from 10 AM-3 PM. Admission to the History Center is adults $5, children ages 7-16 $3.00, children 6 and under accompanied by an adult, free—receive a $2 discount if you tour the Village and visit the History Center. SCHS members get free admission to the History Center. For more information visit us on Facebook, call 507-451-1420, or visit our website

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