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Kenosha Homecoming Car Show

July 26-31, 2022

Driving in Downtown KenoshaAutomobile manufacturing took place in Kenosha for more than 100 years. The Kenosha County Historical Society (Kenosha History Center) celebrates the area’s industrial history – including how Kenosha’s auto-making legacy shaped history through the 20th Century – both inside its museum and through events like this one.

The Kenosha Homecoming Car Show is a signature event in the Kenosha Area. Though it's not exactly an annual event, it is a much-anticipated experience for AMC and other made-in-Kenosha car collectors.

The Kenosha History Center produces the Kenosha Homecoming Car Show. Typically held every three years, the show will be held July 26-31, 2022. A series of events will take place at various locations. The big car show/swap meet is on Saturday at the beautiful Kennedy Park on the Lake Michigan shore.

There were close to 1,000 cars on display in 2017, when the show was last held. It’s believed that there is no larger AMC show in the world.

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Your Event Headquarters

Kenosha History CenterKenosha History Center:

220 51st Place, Kenosha, WI 53140

(262) 654-5770

https://kenoshahistorycenter.org/events.html

https://www.facebook.com/KenoshaHistoryCenter

Kennedy Park:

4051 5th Avenue, Kenosha, WI 53140

Kenosha Homecoming Car ShowSchedule of Events

 

Tuesday 7/26:

  • Evening Car Cruise-in @ Ruffolo's Special Pizza 2 (4PM - 8PM)
    3931 45th St, Kenosha, WI 53144

 

Wednesday 7/27:

  • Open House @ Alfano Performance AMC Speed Shop (11AM - 4PM)
    3401 Roosevelt Road, Kenosha, WI 53142
  • Dyno Day @ Don's Auto Parts & Machine Shop (Noon - 4PM)
    6814 39th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53142
  • Racing @ Great Lakes Dragaway (5PM)
    18411 1st St, Union Grove, WI 53182
  • Evening Car Cruise-in @ Mars Cheese Castle (4PM - 8PM)
    2800 West Frontage Road, Kenosha, WI 53144

 

Thursday 7/28:

  • Daytime Car Cruise-in @ The Sandlot Bar and Grill (10AM - 2PM)
    9251 Antioch Road, Salem, WI 53168
  • Gremlin Event @ Jeffery Elementary School (1PM - 2PM)
    4011 87th St, Kenosha, WI 53142
  • Evening Car Cruise-in @ Filomena's Restaurant and Cortese's Banquet Hall (4PM - 8PM)
    1300 Sheridan Road, Kenosha, WI 53140

 

Friday 7/29:

  • Homecoming Car Show Swap Meet @ Kennedy Park (8AM - 4PM)
    4051 5th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53140
  • Ice Cream Social @ Nash Elementary School (1PM)
    6801 99th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53142
  • Homecoming Car Show Parade (4PM - Starting Location TBA - ends at Kenosha History Center Block Party)
  • Kenosha Homecoming Block Party @ Kenosha History Center (4PM - 8PM)
    220 51st Pl, Kenosha, WI 53140

 

Saturday 7/30:

  • 2022 Kenosha Homecoming Car Show & Swap Meet @ Kennedy Park (8AM - 4PM)
    4051 5th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53140

 

Sunday 7/31:

  • Racing @ Great Lakes Dragaway (9AM)
    18411 1st St, Union Grove, WI 53182

 

There will be more details and events that will be added to the schedule as they are confirmed. Subject to change. Please confirm details with Kenosha History Center.

The Saturday Car Show is free for spectators. Car Show Vendors and Car Registrants may find the registration form at the Kenosha History Center website.

Kenosha’s Auto Manufacturing Legacy

Kenosha History CenterThere once was a bicycle maker named Thomas Jeffery who started producing the Rambler automobile in Kenosha. This was in 1902, and the Rambler was the second mass assembly car ever made. It was the start of a 108-year history of automobile manufacturing and engine assembly in Kenosha.

Through the years, mergers and purchases would cause Thomas B. Jeffery Co. to change hands and names many times. Nash Motors, Nash-Kelvinator, American Motors Corporation (AMC), Chrysler, and DaimlerChrysler AG all have a place in Kenosha’s history.

In 1988, automobile assembly ended in Kenosha with engine assembly continuing until 2010. To this day, Kenoshans are proud of the city’s automobile manufacturing legacy. Fortunately, this enormous piece of our community’s history is preserved and celebrated by the Kenosha History Center. Museum exhibits — including cars on display like the 1902 Rambler Model C and 1917 Jeffery Model 671 — detail Kenosha’s automotive and industrial heritage.

What happened to the factory sites?

The City of Kenosha has been working with partners for several years to plan for redevelopment of the former AMC/Chrysler site. The 107-acre site between 52nd and 60th Streets, east of 30th Avenue has seen all buildings demolished and extensive environmental remediation completed. The Kenosha Innovation Neighborhood project is in the works. Learn more HERE>

Meanwhile, the area that the lakeside plant was in has become HarborPark. A neighborhood more than a park, it’s the epicenter of Kenosha’s beautifully redeveloped Lake Michigan shoreline, encompassing 69 acres and offering an abundance of public activities. Learn more HERE> 

Plan Your Visit

Visit Kenosha joins the Kenosha History Center in welcoming AMC collectors and fans from around the world to our community.

Contact Visit Kenosha HERE if we can be of any assistance in planning your visit to Kenosha.

View or order the Official Kenosha Area Visitors Guide HERE>

Book a Hotel Room

There is no host hotel for the car show. Refer to our “PLACES TO STAY” page HERE to find a hotel.

Hotel Discounts

The Country Inn & Suites by Radisson is happy to offer a special discount to anyone attending the 2022 Kenosha Homecoming Car Show. The best ways to take advantage of this discount is to:

  • Call the hotel directly at (262) 857-3680 and talk with one of the friendly front desk staff. Please mention the car show and provide the dates you would like to stay. 

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  • You can go to THIS online link. Select the dates you will be staying at the hotel. Click on “Special rates” and select Promotional Code. Enter KEHO and Click Check Availability. If there are rooms available, the “Visit Kenosha” special rate will appear on the screen.

In Photos - past years

Kenosha Homecoming Car Show
Kenosha Homecoming Car Show
Kenosha Homecoming Car Show
Kenosha Homecoming Car Show
Kenosha Homecoming Car Show

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