Holy Smoke Car Show Brings Priests And Classic Cars Together


The Sioux Falls Catholic Diocese sends dozens of young men to seminary school. However, that education isn’t cheap.

A year at seminary is $40,000, and the students are typically there for eight years. That’s why the Diocese has come up with a unique way to help pay for their education.

When you think of a parking lot party with a pig roast and fast cars, you probably don’t think of the Catholic Diocese. And that’s not the only surprising thing you’ll find at the Holy Smoke Car Show at O’Gorman this weekend.

“The Seminarians will be doing a trike race, that’s called the chase for the challis. So they got their part to play for their education,” said Father Shaun Haggerty, St Lambert’s Pastor/ Vocational Minister for Diocese of Sioux Falls. 

“I think my favorite part of this whole event is kind of seeing the family aspect of it all. Everybody just kind of gets to come and look at these awesome cars and it’s people from all ages,” said James Carrell, Seminarian. 

Over 150 cars will be on display at the Holy Smoke Car Show, and that includes this ’74 Triumph. Which is pretty rare for Sioux Falls. 

“Triumphs are kind of coming up in collectability. You’re finding that the prices are going up. People are starting to really restore them. They’re getting a little harder to find. So kind of some unique cars,” said Mat Branjord, Schulte Subaru Training Manager. 

There will also be inflatables, live music and more.

For the Catholic Church, this is more than a way to raise money. It’s also a chance to have fun with the community.

“I think people don’t really realize that we’re human too. Priests are human. And it’s a great way to promote that and invite everyone else to support the cause of really providing for the church of east river South Dakota,” said Haggerty. 

This is the third year for the Holy Smoke Car Show. They raised $38,000 last year, and hope to get over $50,000 this weekend.

The event starts at 10:30 Saturday morning. There will be mass at 5:00 pm and dinner at 6:00 pm.

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