It's been 50 years since Dassel-Cokato Junior-Senior High School opened its doors. To celebrate, the Cokato Museum has opened its new exhibit "Cardinals Charge Up: 50 years in the Making." The exhibit examines the beginning of the D-C Legacy, and all of the moving parts that were in play combining two school districts. The exhibit will be open until October 15, 2022.
Start your engines and travel to the Cokato Museum to view the latest exhibit about Cokato racer and kit car builder Gerald "Jerry" Knapp. The exhibit is open in the temporary gallery through June, then it will be condensed and moved to another exhibit space until the end of August. We hope to see you there!
Jerry Knapp officially launched Elite Enterprises, Inc., a business creating fiberglass sports car kits, in 1969 with his wife Myrna. Initially, the business was run out of his home before Knapp moved his operations in 1970 into a building on Highway 12. One of his most popular kits was the Laser 917 Sports Car, a version of which was later featured in Disney’s movie “Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo.” Knapp also created Elite Auto Sports Inc., in 1981 to cater his business towards racing. Knapp himself raced in both amateur and professional racing series in a Formula Vee race car.
It's been 50 years since the last Cardinal graduated from Cokato High School. To remember the long legacy of red and white, the Cokato Museum has transformed its school display to feature exclusively Cokato High School history. Exhibit runs till October 29th so see it while you still can!