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Eh? Huge paintings and cars. Together.

This mural depicts Ashland’s railway history and was painted by Kelly Meredith and Sue Prentice Martinsen. The mural will be dedicated Sept. 6 in Ashland. (Photo courtesy of Ashland Chamber of Commerce)

If you haven’t been to Ashland’s annual Mural Fest and Classic Car Show, you’re missing out on a spectacular lumping together of both cars and paintings, and there are some pretty awesome ones out there.

Artists Kelly Meredith and Sue Prentice Martinsen will be there working on the newest mural honoring Ashland’s railway history on the east side of the Maitland, Singler & Van Vlack building at 306 W. Third St. The festivities run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 6, with the railroad mural dedication taking place at noon.

There will be food, music, sidewalk sales, children’s mural painting and other arts and crafts throughout the day.

To register a vehicle for the classic car show, or to sign up to be an arts and crafts vendor, call (800) 284-9484 or go to visitashland. com.

One might think that murals and classic cars seem like an odd pairing, like a nice merlot with bungee jumping. But if you take Ashland’s history and pride into account, you would see that in Ashland, murals go with everything. Murals are Ashland’s “black.”

Since painting their first historic mural in Ashland in 1998 as part of the state’s sesquicentennial celebration, Meredith and Prentice Martinsen have conceived and created more than a dozen murals throughout the city. In 2005, the Wisconsin Senate dubbed Ashland Wisconsin’s “historical mural capital.”