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Pacific Car Show draws thousands to downtown Pacific

Posted on Monday, July 10, 2017 at 4:34 pm

Hundreds of vehicles were parked along the streets of downtown Pacific June 24 during the 15th annual Car Show. Visitors were able to look at each of the automobiles, many of which were vying for 1st place in one of the 36 classes.

By Cathy Lirette

The weather was one of the key factors to a high attendance at the 15th annual Pacific Car Show June 24.
As the sun shone bright and the temps ranged in the 80s, people gathered throughout the day to enjoy all the events.
“It is estimated that 10,000-12,000 people came to the car show,” said Adam Krauss, Car Show chairman. “That’s more than we’ve seen over the last several years.”
Another key factor to the event’s success was the hard work of the Pacific Partnership and Ridge Rodders’ Car Club in getting the word out. The Ridge Rodders attended several other car shows and told club members and car enthusiasts about the event.
“We had 549 registrations this year,” Krauss said. “That’s 129 more than last year.”
Out of the registrants, 221 vehicles were there to be judged while the rest were there just for display. From 10 a.m.-3 p.m., spectators traversed up and down the streets of downtown Pacific looking at the vehicles lined up on each side. While most peered from a small distance away, others got up close and personal with the autos, even talking with the owners who were more than willing to share the vehicles’ history.
Around 3:30 p.m., Ridge Rodders member Bob Ingram began announcing the winners in each of the 36 classes as well as the winners for Best in Show, Sponsor’s Choice and Ridge Rodders’ Pick.
“Though it was not the top award, the Ridge Rodders’ loving cup was the only trophy filled with money,” Krauss said. “The money was donated by sponsors and then put inside the cup handmade by club president Jim Kemp.”
In total, 113 regular awards and five specialty loving cups were given out.
After the awards, the majority of the cars rolled out of town. That’s when Super Jam took to the main stage located on West St. Louis Street and began to entertain the crowd. From 5-9 p.m. they sang a variety of songs while attendees danced in front.
“They were amazing,” said Kim McGee, who attended the event with her husband and kids. “They sounded just like the actual bands.”
According to Krauss, Super Jam brought in a second wave of people, as a large portion of the original crowd had left after the awards ceremony. Like the ones before, the new visitors flocked to Vendor Row to purchase carnival-style food and beverages and to buy merchandise and get information from area vendors. Kids continued playing games, riding ponies and jumping in an inflatable in the children’s area until it got too dark.
Toward the end of the day, a third wave of spectators came in to watch the firework show. The display was set off atop the bluff at Blackburn Park and lit up the Pacific sky.
“We host three different events to attract a large amount of people to the city,” said Steve Flannery, Pacific Partnership president. “It helps highlight the downtown area and showcases all it has to offer.”