Memorial Day Weekend Car Shows & Events Roundup

May 22, 2012

This weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. Enjoy the warm weather this long holiday weekend at any of the number of car shows and events being held across the country, including the Second Annual Vette Barn “Barn Raising” and the NSRA Mid-America Street Rod Nationals Plus. Information on these and eight additional shows is shared below.

The Second Annual Vette Barn “Barn Raising” takes place Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Corvette-enthusiast event will feature various activities road tours, seminars, autocross, tours of the Bowling Green Corvette assembly plant, driving simulators, a poker tournament and dinners. For more information, visit

The National Street Rod Association is hosting the Mid-America Street Rod Nationals Plus Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield, Missouri. The event is open to vehicles from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, and will feature manufacturer displays, a swap meet, vendors, and an arts-and-crafts area. For more information, visit

The West Coast Kustoms 31st Annual Cruisin’ Nationals takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Santa Maria, California. The event is open to pre-1961 American-made vehicles and will feature a cruise, show-and-shine, swap meet, model car show, vendors, pinstriping panel jam and auction, a kustom and vintage bicycle show, and live music. For more information, visit

The 5th Annual Corvettes for a Cause takes place Friday and Saturday in Hutchinson, Minnesota. Presented by the Crow River Corvettes, the event kicks off Friday with a car wash, silent auction, backyard games and the “Fiesta” South of the Border Welcome Party. Saturday feature the Blind Faith Autocross, winery tour, car show, walking poker run, concert, prizes and appearance by the Minnesota Viking Cheerleaders. Proceeds will benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation and the American Cancer Society. For more information, visit

The 18th Annual Eureka Springs Mustang Show takes place Saturday at Pine Mountain Village in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. The event is open to classic and late-model Mustangs, and other Ford vehicles. Trophies and cash awards will be presented for Best of Show, Best Interior, Best Exterior and Best Engine; trophies will be presented to class winners. The event will feature a parade, vendors, DJ, games, 50/50 drawing and door prizes. For more information, visit

The Route 77 Classic Car Show takes place Saturday in Burns, Kansas. A total of 108 awards will be presented at the open car show in 15 classes. The show will feature 1950s and 1960s music, door prizes, a bake sale, a silent auction, a good court, a craft show, a kids’ tractor pull, a petting zoo and local vendors. For more information, visit

The Summer Place Car Show 2012 takes place Saturday in Sharpsville, Indiana. The event will feature trophy presentations; 500 race car, round-track car and 1950s midget car displays; live music; and concessions. Proceeds from the car show will benefit the A Home for Every Child Foundation. Summer Place is a working 1950s town that features a museum, service station, movie theater, diner, police station, fire station, train station and barber shop. For more information, visit

Hemmings Musclepalooza XV takes place Sunday at the Lebanon Valley Dragway in West Lebanon, New York. The event is open to American muscle cars only and will feature quarter-mile drag racing, a car show and a F.A.S.T. shootout. Trophies will be presented to the first- and second-place winners in Chevrolet, Ford, Late Model Ford, Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Late Model GM, Plymouth, Dodge, Late Model Mopar, AMC, and Modified Muscle classes, plus Best Engine, Best Paint, and Best of Show. For more information, visit

New York Autofest is hosting a car show to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island Sunday at Grill 454 in Commack, New York. Cars will be judged in 37 classes. The event will feature the 1966 Batmobile of TV fame, the 1989 Batmobile and the world’s only Hot Rod Batmobile. The event will also include live music, vendors, concessions and prizes. For more information, visit

The 22nd Annual Automotive Extravaganza takes place Monday at Johnston Memorial Park in Johnston, Rhode Island. All cars are welcome at the show and trophies will be presented to the top three vehicles in 30 classes. The show will also feature music and concessions. Proceeds will benefit Johnston Little League. For more information, visit