Annual ‘Show ’n Shine’ set for Saturday

Duane Hicks

The seventh-annual “Scott Street Show ’n Shine,” presented by the Business Improvement Association and International Early Iron Car Club, is planned for this Saturday (June 12).
From 9 a.m.-2 p.m., the public is welcome to check out the classic cars—or bring down one of their own “hot rods” to show off.
Just like last year, Portage Avenue will be closed from Scott Street to Church Street so the classic cars can park along it, as well as in the parking lot behind the post office.
BIA co-ordinator Patti Anderson said the cars were moved off the 200 and 300 blocks of Scott Street last year due to construction.
But the car club members found they liked it better on that stretch of Portage Avenue, and so organizers decided to do it there again this year.
“The other thing that we noticed last year was, as we stood there by the cars, the tourists were going by and their heads were hanging out of their trucks,” recalled Anderson.
“They were going, ‘Hey, something’s going on over there.’
“Tourists were stopping and coming over and checking it out,” she added.
International Early Iron Car Club president Sandy Haney said it’s hard to know in advance how many vintage vehicles will be out on Saturday, but estimated there will be at least 50-60.
“We always keep saying we’re looking for 100, but we’ve never quite made it,” he admitted.
“A few years ago we had 80-something, and last year we were down a little bit,” Haney added, noting not all car club members from the U.S. side have their passports.
Haney said people should keep an eye open for Fort High students who will have a 327 Chevy motor they built on display and running.
“You’ll hear it snarling,” he chuckled.
The students will be selling tickets to win the motor, which will be raffled off Saturday as a fundraiser for the shop class.
The car club lent the class some money to buy the parts, noted Haney.
Haney said the “Show ’n Shine” carries on year after year not only because it’s a chance for the public to check out classic cars and trucks, but for fellow enthusiasts to get together, show off their vehicles, and talk shop.
They even have a barbecue together after the show is over.
Haney stressed the public is encouraged to come out to the free event, adding the club has gone to local businesses for prize donations and will have draws throughout the day.
Anderson, meanwhile, said the “Scott Street Show ’n Shine” also will feature sidewalk sales, as well as Awana Grand Prix races for kids.
“Walk around and check out the deals downtown,” she urged.
For more info, call the BIA (274-7502) or Haney (274-2345).