Created: 06/14/2014 6:54 PM KAALtv.com
By: Meghan Reistad
(ABC 6 News) -- Downtown Albert Lea was lined with classic cars today for the 28th annual Eddie Cochran Weekend Car Show.
“It is a family thing. There’s a lot of family people with cars and a lot of grandkids come along. It’s just a fun family deal,” said Jerry Monson.
Spectators enjoyed the show for free and the entry fee, for cars in the show, was 10 dollars.
The tradition serves as a way to remember Eddie Cochran.
“His roots are here and of course we all love his music. It’s a great legacy that he’s left us, as a community, that this was his hometown,” said Pat Mulso from the Freeborn County Historical Museum.
Cochran was born and raised in Albert Lea and went on to have a successful rock ‘n roll career.
“A lot of singers, that were after him, got their beginnings listening to his music,” said Mulso.
“Eddie is one of my all-time favorite influences. I’ve just always idolized him. He’s like the Elvis of guitar,” said Richie Lee.
Lee ended the weekend with a performance at the Marion Ross Theater in Albert Lea.
For the community of Albert Lea, Eddie Cochran Weekend serves as a way to come together and celebrate the life of Eddie Cochran, a hometown legend.
“Even though we’re a small town that big things can happen to people who live here and if you have a dream you should follow it,” said Mulso.