The long Fourth of July Weekend is being celebrated across the country by various communities and organizations with a number of car shows. Below are details on 11 shows happening this weekend that give you the opportunity to show off your hottest creations, mingle with potential customers and celebrate the holiday.
The 2010 Cache Valley Cruise-In takes place Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Cache County Fair Grounds in Logan, Utah. All types and models of specialty vehicles are invited to attend. Over 1,000 vehicles, including street rods, street machines, customs, restored vehicles, motorcycles and trucks, have come out in past years. A 1967 GTO convertible, a year-long project that was undertaken by the Cache Valley Cruising Association, will be given away at the cruise-in during a drawing Saturday evening. Other activities at the event include a poker run, show-n-shine, swap meet, 1950s sock hop and dinner, fireworks, awards ceremony and cruising parade. For more information, visit www.cachevalleycruisein.net.
Cruz-In for Charity takes place every Friday night at the Damascus Shrine Center in Webster, New York. The weekly event is open to classic and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles, and raises money for Shriners Hospitals for Children. Best of Show trophies are awarded each week. Cruz-In for Charity, which runs through Sept. 10, features food, live entertainment and a 50/50 raffle each week.
Goodguys 19th Heartland Nationals takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines, Iowa. The event features the Street Challenge AutoCross on Friday and Saturday, as well as nightly parties, a swap meet, live nostalgia entertainment, hot rod seminars, vendor and manufacturer exhibits, and a model and pedal car show. Over 3,500 rods, customs and classics through 1972 will be on display at the Heartland Nationals competing for 2010 Truck of the Year Early and Late Finalist, 2010 Custom Rod of the Year Finalist, 2010 Muscle Car of the Year Finalist, 2010 Muscle Machine of the Year Finalist, Gazette Pick and Burman’s Builder’s Choice awards. For more information, visit www.heartlandnats.com.
The 3rd Annual Hutchinson Rockin’ Rollin’ Rod Run takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson, Kansas. Held in conjunction with the 54th Annual Grand National Stock Car Races, the rod run offers more than 100,000 square feet of climate-controlled indoor show area and more than 80,000 square feet of outdoor show area to registered hot rods. The event also features an auto swap meet, Friday night BBQ and dance, Saturday night Rockin’ Rollin’ Sock Hop, Sunday morning pancake breakfast and Hot Rod Church, show and shine, entertainment, kids activities, vendor displays and awards presentation. For more information, visit www.hutchrodrun.com.
The NorCal KnockOut takes place Saturday at the Solano County Fairgrounds in Vallejo, California. The event is opened to pre-1970 American kustoms, hot rods, gassers, nostalgic top fuel dragsters and vintage Harleys, Triumphs, Nortons, and BSAs. Trophies will be presented. The event will also feature live music performances, a DJ, tattoo artists, pinstripers, tiki carvers, vendors, food, and merchandise.
For more information, visit http://norcalknockout.com.
Guernsey, Wyoming, will host its annual Fourth of July Parade and Show and Shine on Sunday. Owners are invited to put their classic car in the parade at 10:30 a.m. and then display it at the show and shine at 2 p.m. There are no fees, classes or awards in the show and shine, which organizers say is, “just a chance to get out on a great day, show off your car and enjoy some time sharing with others.” Guernsey’s free Fourth of July festivities will also include a pancake breakfast, lunch in the park, concert in the park and fireworks at dusk. For more information, visit http://townofguernseywy.us.
The Hagerty Family Car Show takes place Sunday as part of The National Cherry Festival in Traverse City, Michigan. The show offers a nostalgic look at cars, trucks, tractors and motorcycles from throughout the Midwest. Hundreds of show-condition collector vehicles will be featured with three judging classes. Former astronaut Jerry Linenger and four NASA technicians from the Glenn Research Center will be at the event, as will the Boeing Lunar Rover (LRV) Prototype. A cruise night will be held on Friday at the Turtle Creek Casino in Williamsburg to coincide with the show and festival. For information, visit www.cherryfestival.org.
The Coolest Car Show takes place Sunday in Estes Park, Colorado. Sponsored by the Estes Park Museum Friends & Foundation Inc., and the Estes Park Car Club, the show will feature cars dating back to the 1920s and awards will be given out by vehicle class. Food and refreshments will be available on site. A fireworks show will take place at Lake Estes Sunday night. For more information, visit www.estesnet.com.
The Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration takes place Sunday in Blaine, Washington, and will feature a Show-N-Shine opened to cars, trucks and motorcycles. Dash plaques, goodie bags and trophies will be given out at the Show-N-Shine, which will also feature raffles. The day-long celebration will also include a pancake breakfast, a parade, an arts and crafts fair, live entertainment, and food. For more information, visit www.blainechamber.com.
Goody’s 4th of July Car Show takes place Sunday in St. Charles, Illinois. The show is open only to pre-1983 American-made vehicles. One 6-foot Best of Show trophy will be awarded, as well 5-foot Top 10 trophies and 90 other large trophies. There will be three “Buck-a-Car” payouts and a 50/50 drawing, plus oldies music. For more information, visit www.oldgoldcruisers.com.
Ray Skillman’s Classic Cars Open Car Show takes place Sunday in Greenwood, Indiana. Dash plaques will be given to participants, and awards will be presented in categories including Skillman’s Pick and Cluster Busters Choice. Hot dogs and soft drinks will be served, and door prizes will be given away. For more information, visit www.clusterbustershotrodclub.com.