Downtown Bowling Green hosts ninth annual car showWritten by Andrew Farr | | email@example.com
On July 10, classic car enthusiasts will gather in downtown Bowling Green as the city hosts its ninth annual Classics on Main Car Show.
Beginning at noon, hundreds of car exhibitors will line Main Street with their classic cars to be judged by category. Others will do it just to be in the company of hundreds more who share their passion for their cars. Main Street will be closed for the day, allowing room for the car show that stretches from the library to the post office.
Amy Ahrens, a local business owner who also helps organize the event, said the car show is a great way to get people into the downtown BG area. She said that in the past, the event has drawn more than 300 people who bring their classic cars plus hundreds more.
“The car show really helps out small businesses downtown because of all the people it brings to the area,” she said. “Hopefully we’ll have some good weather.”
Charlie Bechstein, who is also involved in organizing the show as well as a longtime car exhibitor himself, also said the car show in BG is nice because there are a lot more things to do than look at cars.
“The event is very family oriented,” Bechstein said. “Lots of car shows involve just looking at cars with not much else to do, but in BG there are stores and places to eat,” he said. “Just lots of other things to do.”
Jeff Snook is one of the founders of the Classic on Main Car Show in BG and is also the chief judge.
“It is a unique car show in that it is a judged car show,” Snook said. He said there are 18 different categories, or classes, in which prizes are given out for the best car. These classes are based on either the year or model and make of the car.
“I think a lot of people like to see how their cars are judged and compared to their peers,” Snook said. “We look for originality.”
Snook said there are more than 50 trophies handed out throughout the day for cars as well as other family related games with up to 70 raffle prizes. The city will also open its weekly farmers market on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Ahrens said the car show is just another great way BG keeps an exciting community and downtown area.
“It’s a really fun family afternoon with great cars and food,” she said. “It’s a community thing and these guys really like their cars.”
Vehicle registration is from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday and is $10 but visitor admission is free. For more information, contact Barbara Ruland at (419) 354-4332.