Show's labor of love for car club members
Members of the Beldenville Old Car Club can only hope the public is looking forward to this Sunday’s 36th annual Car Show and Swap Meet a fraction as much as they are.
Because if event goers at the Pierce County Fairgrounds in Ellsworth eagerly anticipate it just a bit in comparison to the organizers’ enthusiasm, this year’s version should be another solid success. The proof was visible during a planning meeting Wednesday at the club’s fairgrounds building.
Over a dozen of those in attendance drove favorites among their holdings to the session. The representation of various makes and models from the 1970s back to the 1920s was parked in front of the building while the owners ate a meal of pizza and sandwiches inside, socialized, then got down to business.
“As members, we can’t have our own vehicles in the (judged) show,” Club President Jody Sather said. “But there’s a place we park them so everyone who comes can see them.”
Sather shared what he believes to be the secret to the local show’s past success: unlike some similar events, the club here doesn’t charge those who bring their classics.
“They’re our entertainment,” he said. In fact, the first 500 drivers are given a “gift” packet of a dash plaque, voting ballot and a pen to mark it.
The spectators who get to view what the enthusiasts have brought are the people who pay a nominal admission fee to the grounds, he said. In that regard, club members will hold a work day this Saturday, with the installation of snow fence around the grounds as one of the jobs. They’ll also put up signs to designate the places where the cars and trucks in each of the 15 classes for judging can be found.
The club president was expecting the usual turnout of 700 or more vintage vehicles to again fill those grounds Sunday. A parking committee has been formed and a plan for traffic devised, calling for members to direct the drivers as they enter, and avoid chaos. Judged classes enter at the east gate; show-and-shine enter at the north gate.
For more please read the July 24 print version of the Herald.