By Cathy Lirette
Large crowds are expected for the 15th Annual Car Show on June 24 in historic downtown Pacific.
Starting at 8 a.m., an estimated 400 vehicles will begin lining several streets in addition to 12 vendor tents and 10 food booths. The event is expected to draw thousands of people to the city, as it has in the past.
“The word has gotten around over the past 15 years and the car show has made a real name for itself,” said car show chairman, Adam Krauss. “People come from all over Missouri and Illinois to take part in this event.”
As the vehicles start to roll in, drivers will either find a spot to showcase their automobiles or they will head to the corner of Columbus and St. Louis streets to have them judged. Cost is $20 to have them judged and $10 for display only.
If they choose to have the vehicles judged, six members from the Route 66 Car Club will look over the autos over and score them on the motor, paint job, interior, undercarriage, wheels, etc. They will also determine if it is stock or modified.
Once assessed, drivers will find a spot to park their vehicles for others to view during the car show. Then, at 3 p.m., judges will award trophies for first, second and third place in the different classes as well as five specialty awards.
“We added three classes this year for a total of 36,” said Krauss. “We are now including stock and modified jeeps and all modified tuners.”
A total of 114 class awards will be handed out as well as two Best of Shows, two Sponsor’s Choice and one Ridge Rodders’ Pick. The sponsor of the event is Dave Clapper’s Auto Body and the Ridge Rodders Car Club are hosting the Car Show in conjunction with the Pacific Partnership and the City of Pacific, which is putting on the fireworks show at the end of the night.
While this is all occurring throughout the day, a DJ and Super Jam will entertain the crowds between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and 5-9 p.m. In addition, there will be a Kids Zone available for the wee ones to enjoy and play.
As visitors walk up and down the streets, they can stop by Vendor Row to do some shopping or purchase food from area restaurants and organizations. They will also be a beer tent to purchase beverages.
For more information, visit www.pacific-partnership.org.