River Valley Car Club hosts Labor Day car show

River Valley Club President Duey Parsons said people can expect a lot of nice cars at this year’s 20th Annual Labor Day Car Show. Featured is a 1957 Henry J, according to Parsons. (Courtesy photo)

BIG RAPIDS — Avid car enthusiasts will have the opportunity to admire the past at the River Valley Car Club’s 20th annual Labor Day car show.

“You can expect a lot of nice cars at this car show,” River Valley Club President Duey Parsons said.

Set for Monday, Sept. 2, the car show will have something for everyone from a DJ, to a 50/50 raffle and many opportunities for awards, according to Parsons.

“Policeman Erik Little will be picking out the car ‘most likely to get pulled over,'” he said.

The Labor Day event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, Sept. 2, at Mitchell Creek Park, E. Pine St.

Registration is from 9 to 11 a.m., with an awards presentation at 2:30 p.m.

The entry fee is $10.

During this event, judges will be examining the cars in competition with one another, looking for paint and engine quality, as well as the interior of the car.

Some award categories are: best of show, best bike, best GM, best MOPAR, best orphan, best Ford, best truck and the Herb Parsons Memorial award.

The top 20 awards also will receive trophies in the shape of vintage gas pumps.

Dash plaques and goodie bags will be given to the first 50 entrants.

“When we first started, there were hardly any car clubs at all. Now, it’s really getting popular,” River Valley Club Treasurer Paul Cole said.

Now, with 78 members in the club, Cole enjoys their monthly meetings as members catch up with one another, discussing new projects and who’s in the market to sell or buy a car.

“All we do is talk about cars,” he said. “I really enjoy the camaraderie of the members.”

With camaraderie in mind, Cole looks forward to welcoming people of all ages as they walk around admiring the vintage vehicles, providing an educational opportunity for those interested in the cars or club itself.

“The Labor Day car show is the past coming into the future,” Cole said. “People will be dancing to the music.”

For more information on the 20th annual Labor Day Car Show, call River Valley Vice President Jerry Curtis at (231) 250-4166.

For more information on becoming a member of the River Valley Car Club, call membership chairman Scott Bernard at (231) 349-5879 or email at sabernard1960@gmail.com.

“You don’t have to own a car to be a part of the club. You just gotta like cars,” Parsons said.

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