Staging a successful car show isn’t an easy thing to do in the best of times. And we all know this isn’t the best of times.
This is the first time in the last 10 years that I can remember that we’ve had not one, but three car shows that were listed on our calendar of events get cancelled. The incredibly hot weather no doubt has something to do with it, and the long-suffering economy plays a role. And, let’s face it, we car guys and gals aren’t getting any younger, which means not all of us are willing to take on the extra workload involved.
That’s why it’s encouraging to see people willing to start a new show, or in the case of the Mid-America All-Indian Center Car Show, restart a defunct show. The center’s first show was staged in 2008, but didn’t generate the kind of momentum needed to keep it rolling.
Lynn Stumblingbear, the chairwoman of the Indian Center’s board of directors, said the center isn’t in dire financial straights, but rather, is looking for ways to further connect with people in the community. She said the Sept. 16 show is planned as a way "to raise awareness of the Indian Center … and raise some funds to help support the museum." Specifically, some of the proceeds will go to framing native American artwork for display, as well as helping with the center’s bi-monthly "share our culture" outreach programs, she said.
Working with the museum’s new director, Deborah Roseke, she enlisted the help of some well-known car guys for help. "If it wasn’t for Dick Price and Carl Fry, I would be lost," she said.
Volunteers are soliciting sponsor support for the show’s awards, expected to draw 110 cars and 40 motorcycles, Price said. The sponsorship money will substantially boost the amount raised by car show registration fees, he said.
"We think this venue is outstanding, in the shadow of the symbol of our community, the Keeper of the Plains," said Price, who also serves on the center’s board of directors.
A lot of the car shows listed in our "Getting Together" calendar raise money for some very good causes. Car folks find it a great way to enjoy their automotive passion and at the same time, give something back to their community. That’s a winning combination.
Volunteers — BlackTop Nationals officials are still looking for volunteers for the Aug. 24-26 car show to be staged in and around Century II.
Volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs, including parking, assisting judges, and helping with inside and outside activities.