|Custom cars roll in for Oregon Trail Days|
|July 12, 2012 Elizabeth Gross|
Photo by Doug Harris/Gering Citizen
Hot cars and cool rides are on display in front of the Scotts Bluff County Courthouse during the International Food Fair.
Whether it’s a Ford, Buick, Pontiac or Chevy everyone is invited to show off their favorite ride on Friday night during the eighth annual Custom Car and Rod Show. The yearly Oregon Trail Days event brings custom rides from all across the Valley to strut their stuff.
The Car Show was added to the lineup in 2005. Since then the number of participants has grown. Last year, the car show saw 85 different styles of vehicles. There are no specifications on the type, year, make or model of a vehicle. “We get anybody who has an interesting vehicle,” said event organizer Mike Minzey.
Minzey has been involved with the car show scene for years and understands that with such a small population limiting the types of vehicles for a show is not beneficial for an event such as this. “It’s open to anybody who would like to show,” said Minzey. By not specifying the types of vehicles, it makes every car show a memorable one. The show has seen a wide variety of vehicles from custom street rods, trucks, motorcycles, to brand new vehicles off the lot.
Combining the car show with the International Food Fair has benefited both events. “ It’s a wonderful evening in the shade,” said Minzey, “ They know that they can wander down to the food fair, get anything from something minor to a full meal.” Visitors to both events are interchangeable as many who would be there for one or the other can’t help but be curious about both events.
While this is not a competitive car show there are trophies available for participants. Trophies will be awarded in the categories of sponsor’s choice, best in show and best appearance. The sponsor’s choice will be selected by the show’s sponsors.
Best in show will be chosen by the Scottsbluff Valley Street Rods Club and best appearance will be determined by appointed to determine which car is the coolest. Awards will be given away shortly after 5 p.m., so sign up early to earn bragging rights for the rest of the show.
The Custom Car and Rod Show will be held Friday beginning at 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. There is no need to pre-register and no registration fee. A registration booth will be set up on the southeast corner of the courthouse. Participants can arrive when the gates open at 3 p.m. All show participants will receive a free T-shirt.
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