Families and local car fanatics parked their cars near the downtown plaza as they enjoyed the warm weather and classic tunes issuing from Pastor Ken Hasekamp’s tent near the Center Building.
Hasekamp, director and coordinator for the annual show, said he was pleased by the number of visitors and was ecstatic to note that nearly half the crowd was full of new members.
“It’s exciting to know that we are reaching more people over time,” said Hasekamp. “And I love seeing all the cars that people are bringing over. It’s a good way for the community to come together.”
As in past years, the Car Show did help members of the community become acquainted with HOST (Helping Others Sleep Tonight) house, an organization that is devoted to helping the homeless population become active and engaged members of society. Project manager Kurt Gross and HOST board member Pam Secrest were also in attendance as they set up a booth for contributions and aide.
Apart from reaching out to the community, the annual show did exhibit one drastic change—namely that they did not wish to occupy the entire downtown plaza this year. Only two streets were sanctioned off, which made it easier to attract more locals as they made their way through the heavily used streets. Those who were unaware of the show also had a chance to rubberneck as they made their way around the circle, often opting to drive slower or go around the circle twice to catch a fair glance of the cars.
“It’s actually better this year because the drivers can get a look instead of cursing when they find out they have to go around the circle,” Hasekamp joked.
Among the many enthusiasts was Darlino Fariha, a member of Adventure Christian Church and volunteer for the third annual Car Show. As an avid car fanatic, Fariha took the chance to show off his 1966 Chevy Impala, which was originally his father’s vehicle.
And what better way to pay an ode to your father than to restore a vehicle that was sitting for 20 years and showcase it during Father’s Day weekend?
“It’s fun,” Fariha said about the event. “I’ve been fixing it up, and it drives more like a modern car now. We throw the kids in there and drive around.”
Although the Impala received many looks of approval, the Best in Show award, chosen by attendees, was awarded to Carlos Medina for his 1955 Chevy 210 Sedan entry.
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