Pruntys make hard choices in Special Olympics All Wheels show

Presenting the best-in-show trophy at the 2016 Dallas County Sheriff’s Special Olympics of Iowa All Wheels Car Show was Kenard Prunty, left, and his brother, Kyler Prunty. Winner of the trophy was Brett McAlister, and holding the trophy is his daughter, Brenna McAlister, 11.

The revving of engines, smell of exhaust and excitement of looking at the hot rods are typically what draw people to a car show, but the annual Dallas County Sheriff’s Special Olympics of Iowa All Wheels Car Show brings a much more enthusiastic crowd to Adel each June.

The cars, trucks and motorcycles still fascinate fans, but watching the faces of brothers Kenard Prunty and Kyler Prunty of Newton as they pick their favorites and then hand out the trophies is what most people come to see.

This was Kenard’s eighth year and Kyler’s sixth to work alongside the Dallas County Sheriff’s office to stage the event for the Special Olympics of Iowa. About 125 vehicles entered the show, and dash plaques were given to the first 100 cars registered.

The top 20 cars were be chosen by the participants. Special awards were given for Best of Show, Most Likely to be Stopped by a Cop, Bad Bike, Long Distance and Special Olympics Athlete Choice. All entrants received a T-shirt.

The Prunty brothers said the toughest part of the whole day is agreeing on which vehicle is their favorite. This year it was Bret McAlister’s 1954 black Chevy 3100 pickup. McAlister drove down from Rockwell City with his daughter, Brenna, and she held the trophy proudly for her daddy.

With another great car show in the books, the Prunty brothers said they cannot wait to see what kind of crowd next year’s event brings in.

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  1. Fellow Rodders and Rebuilders,
    We as a collective group can do so much better than 125 cars at this event. I know there are tons of us in central Iowa. Let’s strive to attempt to double this number for next year. I believe this is an amazing group and organization we can all proudly support and stand behind. Let’s all work together and grow this event into an even bigger must-attend for the next year and the years to come.

    *Editor note* Please put this story back on the main page for more to read. Stories like these get relegated to the back burner way too fast. It just happened yesterday, and metal recycling remains on the home page but this gets shuffled to a search? You did the same thing when the Bock Grant recipients were announced. It was only on the homepage quick clicks for like two hours! I would like to see your coverage of this event for next year grow as well. Thank you.

    • Thanks for you message, Call to Hot Rodders. As you can see, there are several categories of stories on News, Sports, About Town, and Prairie Views. It is sometimes debatable which category a story belongs in, whether in News or About Town, for instance. This was a very busy weekend, with a lot of communities holding annual events: Perry had its Kids Fest, Adel held its Special Olympics car show, Woodward had its Friends and Neighbors, Minburn had garage sales, Dallas Center has its Art in the Park (this one fell through our cracks), Perry and Ogden both held Relays for Life, and so on with other events father afield. All of these events are important and newsworthy, which is why covers them, but none of them qualify as breaking news in the usual sense of that term, as does a fire or flood or accident, as do the police and sheriff’s reports and the obituaries. So we normally place these annual events in the About Town section, and since there are so many things happening about town, none of them is on the homepage for long. You can always scroll through the latest About Town stories by clicking on the right-pointing arrow at the bottom of the About Town section (it’s a little hard to see). The same scrolling feature is found on each section of the homepage. We agree that things seem to disappear too quickly, but that’s because we post a lot of stories. We’ll try to figure out a way to solve or at least partly solve this problem. And as always we very much appreciate your reading Please tell you friends about Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter etc. Thanks!


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