Antique vehicles, including three Model A Fords, stand parked during the annual "Drivin' the Dixie" event on the original Dixie Highway. | Mike Nolan~Sun-Times Media
Updated: July 21, 2014 3:59PM
If you are in the Southland this weekend and you happen to see several vintage vehicles, chances are they’re in the midst of a scavenger hunt.
The 13th annual Driving the Dixie will take place Saturday.
“Driving the Dixie” is similar to a scavenger hunt. Participants will follow individual instructions to points of interest. During the drive, spectators can visit historical sites, specialty shops, antique shops, restaurants and community events.
This year’s route goes from Blue Island through Markham, Homewood, Flossmoor, Chicago Heights and down through Momence.
“Passports” used to travel within the Dixie Highway communities will be validated along the route. Also, several secret passport locations will earn bonus drawing tickets at the prize drawing in Momence.
Elaine Egdorf, chairwoman of the Homewood Heritage Committee, said event planners like to change things up.
“We like to do something different each year,” Egdorf said. “This is something we do to promote history.”
Carl Fisher, an auto enthusiast, in 1914 and ’15 helped organize a project to build an interstate highway that would go from Chicago to Florida: the Dixie Highway.
According to the Homewood Heritage Committee, “The route played significant roles in both World War I and II, supplementing the railroads by carrying supplies from north to south.”
According to the Indiana Historical society, then-Indiana Gov. Samuel Ralston was a strong proponent of the highway. He believed it could act “as an advance agent of social intercourse, mutual understanding and national unity and good will.”
Registration will be from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Participants are to meet in the parking lot kitty-corner from Moraine Valley College. The same-day registration fee is $20 per car.
For more information, contact Elaine Egdorf at (708) 798-9535 or visit www.drivingthedixie.com.