Some of the sweetest rides in the Midwest will be making their way to Washington this weekend. The 20th Century Chevy Car Club’s 36th annual Carfest is ready to start on Saturday at the Eastside Park. The event will also feature the cruise through the streets of Washington.
“Our pre-registration is running ahead of last year,” said event chairman Dave Fry. “We’re expecting as many as 350 cars in the cruise and another 650 at the car show on Sunday. Most of them are from southern Indiana and neighboring states, but some will be coming from as far away as Texas and Florida.”
The annual event has become more like a festival than a traditional car show. “It’s a lot like the Turkey Trot or the White River Valley Anitque Show,” said club member Larry McLin. “Families get together and watch the cruise and we get a good crowd out at the park. It’s a gigantic amount of work, but we do it for the public to enjoy it.”
The annual event is true to the club’s roots, but the results might be considered unlikely. The 20th Century Car Club was formed in a pool hall in 1970 by a small group of guys who liked cool cars. “This is something that has really grown,” said McLin. “We have become the civic organization that never tried to be one.”
Cars enterred in the carfest and cruise-in pay a $15 registration fee. Most of that money goes back into the expenses for the event, but some also goes to the club’s Christmas project that helps provide gifts for over 80 needy families in the area. “We found when we had a car show we had the money to help people,” said Fry. “We have people we helped 30 years ago and now they have their lives on track and they are making donations and helping others.”