Lakeside Chamber hosts mixer, toy drive

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

By Rick Griffin

The Lakeside Chamber of Commerce will hosts its third Thursday business mixer and toy drive from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, 12584 Mapleview St., Lakeside. RSVP is not required. The event will include networking, raffle prizes, entertainment and a visit from Santa, according to Kathy Kassel, Lakeside Chamber executive director. Refreshments will be provided from local restaurants, including Mario’s Italian Restaurant, La Palapa Mexican Restaurant, Sausage & More, Eastbound Bar & Grill, Boll Weevil and Café 67. Cost to attend is $5 per person or admission is free if you bring a new, unwrapped toy valued at more than $5. Toys will be benefit the Lakeside Christian Helps Center, a non-profit operated by the Lakeside Christian Church. The Helps Center assists local citizens with clothing, food and other items, including sleeping bags for homeless people, back-to-school supplies and Christmas gifts. For more information about the mixer, phone (619) 561-1031, or visit