THE HISTORY OF THE TWIN CITIES AUTO SHOW

February 25th, 2020 by

With the 2020 Twin Cities Auto Show right around the corner, we thought we’d take a look back at the history of autos shows in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. Surprisingly, Minnesota has hosted many auto shows since the earliest years of the automotive industry.

Although the true first auto show held in the Twin Cities is debated, we know it happened in either in the first years of the twentieth century (learn more about the mystery here). See the photograph of the 1907 Minneapolis Auto Show—considered by many to be the first official one held in the Twin Cities, and only a few years after the 1903 Auto Show held at Madison Square Garden in New York City—the first major automotive exhibition in the United States.

Beginning in 1918, the first “Twin Cities” Auto Show was held at the Overland Building with was located in Midway—halfway between Minneapolis and St. Paul near the State Fairgrounds. Throughout the 1920s, the Twin Cities grew into a massive event that featured live orchestras, fashion shows, and exotic bird displays.

Admission to the 1925 Twin Cities Auto Show cost 50 cents (see the poster to the left). Starting in 1928, the Twin Cities Auto Show moved to the Minneapolis Auditorium. See the photo of the 1938 Twin Cities Auto Show to the left. Learn more about the early history of the Auto Show in this informative article here.

Although the name and location (and more than anything, the cars!) of the Twin Cities Auto Show have changed significantly over time, the spirit of this exciting event for car lovers has remained the same—showing off the newest things that the automotive industry has to offer its consumers.

This year’s Twin Cities Auto Show, the 47th annual, will run from March 7th through March 15th, 2020. It will take place at the Minneapolis Convention Center in Downtown Minneapolis. This year, the show will feature over 600 vehicles from more than 35 foreign and domestic vehicle brands (including Chevy, of course!). Learn more on the Twin Cities Auto Show website here.

This year at Walser Polar Chevrolet, we’re excited to see and learn more about the brand new 2020 Chevy Corvette C8. Maybe we’ll see appearances of the new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and 2021 Chevrolet Suburban at the Twin Cities Auto Show. Additionally, the 2021 Chevy Trailblazer is coming just around the corner, so maybe we’ll get a better sneak peak at that new vehicle as well! See something you like at the Auto Show this year? Give us a call, contact us online, or stop into our White Bear Lake showroom today and our team will do our best to help you get into your next dream Chevrolet truck, SUV, or car! Plus, see our Auto Show Specials that are going on now through the 2020 Twin Cities Auto Show now!

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