The fun is revving up this weekend at Earl Snell Park in Arlington.
The annual Show ’n’ Shine car show cranks into gear Saturday with registration beginning at 9 a.m. Over the years, the show has featured everything from antique and classic cars to electric automobiles and motorcycles — and even a few tractors. The cost for vehicle entry is $10 per car. The first 50 registered will receive a dash plaque and goodie bag with various car-related items. There is no fee for spectators.
In addition to a people’s choice award, nearly two dozen trophies will be handed out at 3:15 p.m. Categories include everything from people’s choice to various decades of cars and trucks — and with Arlington being home to an electric car charging station, a special category was developed as a tip of the hat to those unique vehicles.
Bring a hearty appetite, as a barbecue lunch will be available from St. Francis Mission Catholic Church, which begins at 11 a.m. And the Methodist Church Ladies will serve up their popular strawberry shortcake throughout the afternoon. The gals from the Arlington United Methodist Church, said Marta Mikkalo of the Arlington Community Chamber of Commerce, are known for their delectable treats.
The family-friendly event also offers people a chance to cool down with floaties and toys for water play provided by the chamber. And, for added safety, lifeguards will be on duty. A Hula Hoop contest also is planned.
Additional water activities will rev up the fun as the annual Rubber Duck Regatta will be launched in the park’s lagoon. For a chance to win some cash, be sure to buy a duck for a buck at Arlington Hardware, 200 Arlington Port Road.
Also, the chamber is hosting a free poker walk with a handful of local businesses. The best hand wins a $150 gift certificate to have something made by local leather artist Ron Wilson Custom Leather. The winner, Mikkalo said, can choose from a purse, belt, headstall, reins, or a down payment on a beautiful set of chinks; they are only limited to their imagination — or Wilson’s.
The event, which has been going on for two decades, offers people a chance to enjoy the cool breeze off the river, chat about their cars and embrace community camaraderie, Mikkalo said.
“It’s a wonderful day in Arlington,” she said.
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