Everybody start your engines because the 26th annual Chillicothe Cruise Night and Chillicothe Lion's Club Car Show will be this Friday and Saturday.
Everybody start your engines because the 26th annual Chillicothe Cruise Night and Chillicothe Lion's Club Car Show will be this Friday and Saturday. It's the one time of year unaware people will be driving down Washington Street and think they accidentally drove into a time machine because streets will be filled with impressive old cars and trucks. Cruise Night will be this Friday from 7 until 10 p.m.; however, the cruise night route will be blocked off by 5 p.m. Registration for Saturday's car show will be from 7 until 11 a.m. in Simpson Park, with judging and festivities to follow all day afterward. Kim Bloss, car show spokeswoman, said there are usually about 250 entries in cruise night every year. This year's cruise night route will have a slight change due to the construction by Morningside. Cruisers will have to skip Morningside; however, the rest of the route is pretty much the same. The cruise will, as usual, start at the courthouse where all the festivities are and will then head north as far as the Baptist Home, turn around and head back to the courthouse; but first, cruisers will make a little detour to go by Indian Hills before hitting the courthouse again. Bloss said that drivers are encouraged to travel past the courthouse on the way back because there are always spectators up the road. At Cruise Night, KCHI will be providing music from the 1950s and ’60s, and Hy-Vee will bring food. There will also be kettle corn and funnel cakes for purchase, and Essential Kneads and the Yogurt Shop will be open. The Monster Bus and the National Guard will take part in Cruise Night again this year, along with the many souped-up oldies from years passed. Bloss said they are expecting 350 to 400 entries in the car show this year. Bloss said, "We already have 201 cars pre-registered, which is the most we've ever had." To register Saturday, there will be a $20 entry fee. The different judging categories at the show will be Cool Picks, Dealer Picks, Memorial Picks and Top 25. Barnes Baker, Trenton; Barnes Baker, Chillicothe; and Woody's Automotive will be judging for the Dealers Picks category. Some of the men being honored in the Memorial Picks this year are: Larry Griffith, Kenny Kitchen, Butch Rohrback, Butch Baker, Darryl Shearer, Nick Bauer and James Gordon. All these men were, at one time, greatly involved with the car show. A family member of the deceased, or someone the family has chosen, will be judging for the Memorial Picks. There will be a lot of different fun activities throughout the day at Simpson for spectators to enjoy, including games for children and adults, and many different door prizes. The Mason's Club will have food at the Car Show, the Lion's Club will provide homemade ice cream and Jerry Englert will provide music throughout the day. There will also be a drawing for participants that pre-registered their cars for the show. There will be three winners, the first winning $300, the second winning $200 and the third winning $100. Money for this drawing was donated by many generous supporters of the car show. To win the money, the person whose name is drawn must be present at the time of the drawing. At 6 a.m. there will be a swap meet. According to Bloss, many people bring car parts, and some even bring things like jewelry, car magazines and / or photos. At 1 p.m. there will an auction, with Bob Peniston auctioneering. According to Bloss, there will be about 20 big items up for bidding, including: a 350 Chevy transmission, a big Pepsi cooler, a F-10 rearend and Kansas City Royals tickets. At 3 p.m., the Awards Presentation will begin. Each winner will receive a plaque. You can buy t-shirts at the car show with this year's logo on it. The logo features the old Courtney-Woods Oil Company and the car named "California Kid." Bloss wants to thank the Chillicothe community and all the sponsors of the car show because the show couldn't go on without all the support it gets year after year.