The threat of rain may have held the overall number of entries down a bit, but this year’s ‘On the River’ Car Show held at the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park on Saturday was still another huge success.
The show did experience a short delay due to some rain, but once the front passed, the show and the festivities went on without a hitch.
“For the way the weather was, it was great,” show host Mike Bear said. “We had 170 entries overall, which was down some, but the way the weather was – it poured down rain everywhere around us – I think on Friday and Saturday I had 150 phone calls.”
The event kicked off on Friday night with a ‘cruise in’, with car buffs gathering for a drive through town and then more music and festivities at the park.
“The cruise in was great,” Bear said. “I think they like that as well as they do the show itself.”
This year’s “Best of Show” was a 1932 Ford ‘High Boy’ three-window coupe roadster that was brought to the show by owners Carney and Lorna Stewart of Dry Ridge, Kentucky.
This is the 10th year that Bear and his group have hosted the car show, and it continues to grow in popularity.
“Other than that weather, it continues to grow,” he said. “We can’t control the weather. If we could, we’d be in good shape. I think if we would have had a nice day from start to finish, we would have had 300-400, right in that area. It rained a little bit while we were down there, but most of the time it was great. No bad storms or anything else.”
The show continues to grow in popularity for car owners outside of the immediate area.
“This was the first year for our ‘Something Unique’ trophy, and that went to a ’57 Thunderbird station wagon – which they never made – but it was really neat,” Bear said. “He made it himself. It was pretty sharp. I think it was built in Texas.”
Bear said that one of the exhibitors came from Florida for the show.
“We was from Western Kentucky, but he came back just to come to the show and visit his friends where he used to live,” Bear said.
As carefully coddled as these cars are, being the prized possessions of their owners, they are still cars – so much of the fun is driving them as well as showing them off. Bear said that out of all of the entries, about 15-20 came on trailers, with most being driven to the show.
“We had one guy who told me that he drove 3 1/2 hours in the rain, then he got down to the casino, and he said it turned dry right then,” Bear said. “Overall it was a great day.”