Classic cars and trucks will take over Washington’s Eastside Park Saturday and Sunday for the 43rd annual 20th Century Chevy Cruiz-In and Carfest.
After a year hiatus due to COVID-19, 20th Century Chevy president Ryan Spillman said around 90 vehicles have already registered for the Cruiz-In that will take place Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
“Registration for the Cruiz-In will be from 2 to 5 p.m. with the participants chili supper starting at 2:30,” said Spillman, who said registration is $15 which covers both days of the popular event. “The Cruiz-In will start moving promptly at 5:30.”
On average, Spillman said around 400 classic vehicles of all makes and models year 2000 or older cruise through town.
After the Cruiz, the community is invited back to the park to hear The Traveling Band, a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band.
“Once the band is done, we will also have a big fireworks show to celebrate our 51st anniversary as a club. We will also have a special display area showing memorabilia from our last 50 years of club,” said Spillman, adding there are usually between 400 and 600 vehicles on display on Sunday.
Funding the philanthropic arm of the organization is the annual car raffle and silent auction.
“This year we have a 1986 Chevy Corvette,” said Spillman adding tickets for the raffle will be sold at the event. “We also have several silent auction items donated from those in the community. We’ve got a jukebox, a quilt made from T-shirts from our past events, several gift certificates and a lot of other items. All of the proceeds go to our Christmas gift project, scholarships and the Eastside Park fund to help make improvements to the park. All our proceeds go back into our community.”
Registration opens Sunday at 8 a.m. and will continue through noon. Awards will be presented to the top 100 vehicles. There are also 16 special awards in addition to the new longest distance traveled and club member awards.
“We will also have cackle fest on Sunday where we fire up all the drag cars,” said Spillman.
Those who don’t own a classic can also participate in the model car contest Sunday.
Several food vendors as well swap meet vendors will also be on hand.
“We want the public to come out and enjoy the park and the events we have planned,” said Spillman, adding pets are not allowed in the car show area and golf carts, skateboards and bicycles should also not be brought into the show area.