Hundreds of classic cars will cruise into Eastside Park for 20th Century Chevy’s annual Carfest and Cruiz-In Saturday and Sunday.
Now in its 42nd year, last year over over 400 cars and trucks, model year 1995 and older, participated in the Sunday show and the Saturday evening Cruiz that takes participants on a tour from the park, up Sugarland Road and through the heart of Washington before heading back to Eastside Park for fireworks and a free concert by Old ‘N Gold, who will be playing early 60’s and 70’s music.
“This year, it’s cars 2000 and older,” said Dave Fry, chairman of the popular event. “And we’ll have additional concession stands available in the park so we will have plenty of food.”
Those taking part in the Cruiz will once again be treated to Frank’s Finely Flamed Chili after registration begins at 2:30 p.m. The Cruiz will begin at 5:30 p.m. and spectators watching the parade of classic cars are asked to stay out of the way of the vehicles and not run into the street to grab candy and other treats thrown from the vehicles. Registration for the Cruiz and/or car show is $15.
Many of the cars participating in the Cruiz will stick around for Sunday’s Carfest too. Registration will run from 8 a.m. until noon.
All vehicles participating in Sunday’s show will receive dash plaques and there are 16 special awards, Fry said, including president’s choice, ladies’ choice, mayor’s choice, best engineered, memorial award, best engine, best cruiser on Saturday night, best paint, best interior, Memories 107.9 Classic Cruiser, best Chevy, best Ford/Mercury, best Mopar, best Oldsmobile and best Buick/Pontiac. The James Pirkle Award of Excellence will also be handed out. The top 100 vehicles will receive awards as well.
This year, in an effort to help keep car show participants cooler, Fry said tents will be allowed but must be tied down.
“Tents are OK to have but they have to be secured and you can’t use stakes on the pavement,” he said.
No classic car or truck? No problem. A model car show will also be a part of Sunday afternoon’s festivities.
“The model car contest is a great way for people to participate,” said Fry. “It’s free and open to all ages. Just bring your model car.”
Also part of the festivities on Saturday will be Cacklefest.
“You can see and hear top fuel dragsters and nostalgia drag cars at 12:30 and again at 3,” said Fry, who said participants in Cacklefest include James McCoy, Troy Wilson, Marty White, Jeremy Wagler, Scott and Sue Clifton, Sam Jones, Robbie Freels, Kelly Freels, Jarrod Bradshaw, David White, Jordan Bouchie and Randy Bouchie.
Spectators, who are asked to not bring golf carts, skateboards, bicycles or pets into the show area, will also have a chance to win a classic Chevy of their own. Brotherhood Charities, a subsidiary of 20th Century Chevy, Inc., will be selling tickets for a chance to win a 1989 Camaro convertible. The charity arm of the club will also be selling 50/50 tickets, and commemorative shirts will also be available for purchase.
With the park closed to through traffic, club members said the city train will run a loop from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday to help get spectators to the car show. The train, which will be available free of charge, will pick up and drop off every 30 minutes at NASCO, the community building and Tractor Supply Company.
Once again there will be a silent auction in the community building Sunday that will make available hundreds of items to the highest bidder.
“This is our 17th year for the silent auction,” said Fry, adding that money raised from the silent auction benefits several projects that members of the car club do annually including the Christmas project, Eastside Park fund, Twin Rivers Scholarships and more. “We have items for holidays. There are things for the ladies and for kids. There’s automotive stuff.”
The public can place bids on the items from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Sunday.
“It’s supposed to be warm so the community building will be a good place to get out of the heat and check out all the items,” said Fry.
To date, the silent auction has helped the members of 20th Century Chevy give back more than $40,000 to the community.
Vendors selling a variety of wares will also be set up Sunday, and concessions will be available for purchase.
For more information on the 20th Century Chevy 41st annual Cruiz-In and Carfest visit www.20thcenturychevy.com.