by James Garcia Jr.
Saturday, April 16, 2011, the 17th Annual Kingsburg Chamber of Commerce Car Show will descend upon Draper Street and nearly all of downtown Kingsburg. Sponsored by the Selma Auto Mall, the event will bring pre-1972 automobiles to the community.
When one thinks of a car show such as this, he or she might guess that it is only geared toward car enthusiasts, but they would be wrong because this is a real community event for the entire family.
The event actually begins the evening before on Friday, April 15 with what is called “Cruise Night”. Cruise Night takes place between 6:30 and 9:00 p.m., and is sponsored by Salazar’s Grill & Bar; applicants can come and pre-register their vehicle. There will be shopping as many of the merchants downtown will be open late, a Sock Hop with live music performed by “The Beach Band”, as well as dining at local restaurants. During this time, applicants are urged to cruise Draper Street in a Parade of Cars.
“I’ve been going to the car show for six or seven years,” said Selma Resident, Jerry Puentes, who, along with his eleven year old son, Christian, attends twenty to thirty car shows a year. “I love it. It’s a family event. We go to the Friday Cruise, too. We look forward to it every year.”
Saturday actually begins with a pancake breakfast at the Senior Center which will run from 7:00 until 11:00 a.m. Judging of the entrants will begin at 10:00 a.m. with over one hundred awards for subjects such as “2011 Best of Show”, Best Interior, Ladies Choice, Best Paint, Best Motor, a Car Show Committee Award and more. The trophy presentation will begin at 3:00 p.m. and there will be raffle prizes every half hour from 10: 00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. There will also be food booths and a children’s area.
“Some kids today have a perception that old cars are junk,” said Dinuba resident, Jason Schaub, who grew up in Kingsburg. “Actually an event like this shows that some of the old classics are just as good, if not better, than some of the new cars.”
“I so love looking at the old cars and so did Brett,” said Pamela Richmond-Starr, referring to her late husband. “We never missed [the] car show.”
Not only does this kind of event build community spirit and pride, but it obviously helps in more lucrative ways as well. “It generates significant sales and sales tax for the local economy,” said Jess Chambers, Executive Director, Kingsburg District Chamber of Commerce. “All in a day’s time!”
To enter a vehicle in the Car Show, a $30 dollar entry fee must be mailed or turned in to the Kingsburg District Chamber of Commerce, 1475 Draper Street, Kingsburg, California 93631. The phone number is (559) 897-1111. There are free t-shirts for the first 250 entrants and the event is limited to the first 500 cars. There is limited space for Premium Corner Parking which is an additional $35 dollars.
Don’t miss this great event!