Craig car show may draw larger crowd than in past

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What: Bear River Young Life & Colorado Cruisers Car & Motorcycle Show

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, with registration at 8 a.m.

Where: 400 and 500 blocks of Yampa Avenue

Cost: Free for spectators; $25 to enter a vehicle

• A classic car shuttle will run between the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous at Craig City Park and downtown Craig.

It’s time to dust off those gems hidden in the garage and show them off.

That’s the message David Pressgrove, area director of Bear River Young Life, wants to share.

“There’s a lot of people in Craig who have cars and you’d never know, and this is a good way to see that, as well as entries from all over the region,” Pressgrove said about the 2010 Bear River Young Life & Colorado Cruisers Car & Motorcycle Show.

The show runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the 400 and 500 blocks of Yampa Avenue and is free for spectators.

Registration for vehicles be-

-gins at 8 a.m., with the cost being $25 a vehicle and $10 for each additional vehicle an entrant registers.

The car show committee has received more than 40 pre-registered entries and expects to get at least twice that many Saturday.

George Vassek, president of the Craig contingent of Colorado Cruisers, said he’s aiming for 200 vehicles. And he thinks the $2,000 grand prize offered is incentive for more car owners to turn out.

“With this day and time, with everybody being broke, and the economy being the way it is, cash talks,” Vassek said.

The winner of the cash prize, as well as a complete vintage air system, will be chosen randomly with each vehicle entry earning a chance in the drawing.

Trophy prizes include best of show — the two best vehicles as judged by a panel — farthest distance traveled, under construction, best rat rod, best hot rod, best muscle car, best motorcycle and best original. The best motor wins $100 cash, and Sheriff Tim Jantz’s pick wins $50.

Attendees can vote for People’s Choice for $1 a vote, and the top two vote-getters also win a trophy.

In addition, spectators can enter a door prize drawing for $1 with a variety of prizes to be awarded.

Plus, youths involved in Young Life will offer a car wash at Lube Plus, 317 W. Victory Way, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The proceeds from car show and car wash benefit Young Life, which Pressgrove describes as a “Christian organization focused on giving local youth hope through adult mentors and friends.”

“Most of what we’re raising is for camp,” Pressgrove said of the $4,000 to $5,000 the show raises annually. “This is our main camp fundraiser. That’s just a huge focus of ours, that money isn’t the issue of why (Young Life youths) can’t come to camp.”

Vassek said that’s why Col-

-orado Cruisers joined up with Young Life’s car show two years ago.

“The way I look at it, Young Life is a good organization and it’s good for the kids … we like to help the community,” he said.

Vassek said numerous area businesses donated to the event to help make it successful.

“The car show would not be possible without our sponsors,” he said. “For the money that gets put up for the giveaway and the door prizes, if we didn’t have sponsors, we wouldn’t be able to do this.”

But the event also helps give back to local businesses as well, Vassek said. From restaurants to hotels, entrants in the car show — including some from as far as California — spend money in Craig, he said.

“I think by what we’re doing, we’re helping the whole community,” Vassek said.

And the organizers said they hope the community will come out to see the variety of vehicles displayed.

“Just by looking at the pre-entries, there’s going to some interesting and unique vehicles for people to see and check out,” Pressgrove said. “It’s something they don’t see every day. And everything goes toward helping a local organization.”

For an entry form or more information on the car show, visit bearriver.younglife.org or call David Pressgrove at 629-9600.

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