Young Life Car Show draws a crowd

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As the Beach Boys' "Little Deuce Coupe," booms through the speakers, car owners rev their engines for the crowd to hear.

Children laugh as they run from red shiny car to the green one across the street, and then peer in the window of the 1961 silver-trimmed black Chevy Corvette.

The second annual Moffat County Young Life Car Show closed the 400 block of Yampa Avenue Saturday and attracted a steady gathering from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"I'm a car enthusiast and I thought it'd be a fun thing to do on a sunny day," Damon Hatfield said.

He was impressed by the quality of the show's 30 entries, ranging from the '61 'Vette to the red 2005 Ford GT to the off-road vehicle on display by The Sandman.

"For the area, (the show is) pretty good," Hatfield said. "There are some nice cars."

Organizer Troy DeRose, a volunteer with Young Life, is hoping the event will continue to grow in popularity.

Last year's event was held in the parking lot next to Mathers' Bar but was moved into the street this year.

"I think it creates a better draw when it's in the street rather than the parking lot," DeRose said. "It demands a lot more attention."

He also wanted to direct attention to downtown businesses and offered a shuttle service from the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous festivities at Craig City Park.

The convertible shuttle dropped riders off by the Museum of Northwest Colorado, making them walk through downtown to get to the car show.

"It kind of pulls the town together so everything's not just in the park," he said.

Judges from local car dealerships decided the Best of Show winners, while People's Choice was determined by the number of $1 tokens placed into each entrant's tube. Young Life leaders chose their favorite, which will be featured on next year's T-shirts, posters and Web site.

The organization, a Christ-centered mentoring program, coordinates the event as a way to offset costs for Young Life participants to go to camp. Proceeds from the $25 entry fee, People's Choice tokens and T-shirt sales go into a general fund for the campers to use toward their trip.

Twenty high school-age students are headed to Lost Canyon, Ariz., at the end of July. Their trip costs $415 each, and many students have been working to raise the funds.

Fifteen members of Wyld Life, the middle school-aged Young Life program, will go to Frontier Ranch in Buena Vista this August. Their trip costs $315 each. "They get away from their everyday lives for a week," DeRose said. "They get a clear presentation of who Christ was that makes sense in their terms."

For more information on Young Life, contact David Pressgrove at 629-9600 or visit www.moffatcounty.younglife.org

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