The Bear River Young Life Car and Motorcycle Show, pictured here in an aerial photo from 2012, will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in downtown Craig, offering cash prizes for participants who bring in their classic vehicles.

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The Bear River Young Life Car and Motorcycle Show, pictured here in an aerial photo from 2012, will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in downtown Craig, offering cash prizes for participants who bring in their classic vehicles.

Car show driving force for downtown entertainment Saturday

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After 10 years, one of Craig’s summer events is still in cherry condition.

If you go

What: Bear River Young Life Car and Motorcycle Show

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday

Where: 400 and 500 blocks of Yampa Avenue

Details: Admission is free for spectators with a $10 entry for the poker walk. Registration for vehicles is $25 for the first one and $15 for each following one. For more information, call 970-629-9600 or visit www.facebook.com/brylcarshow.

The Bear River Young Life Car and Motorcycle Show will take place this weekend as part of the Whittle the Wood festivities. Those needing a break from the raucous sounds of chain saws can take a trip down memory lane with autos and bikes from the past century lining Yampa Avenue from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Young Life Director David Pressgrove said he’s already received dozens of applicants, about 40 so far, but he expects even more to pull up the day of the event to show off their wheels. Ideally, he added, more than 100 total vehicles will be involved, if past years are any indication.

The car show has a purse of $1,750 for participants this year, with all kinds of awards in store, ranging from Best Muscle Car to the car lover who traveled the greatest distance to be there.

Categories for imported cars and off-road entries also were added this year.

Those just there to watch also can join in a poker walk around downtown businesses for their own prizes.

Some new features this year involve putting more of a display, Pressgrove said. Following the Friday night Whittle the Wood happenings, all those involved in the car show are encouraged to drive along Victory Way to give Craig residents and visitors a good show.

“We want to get some exhibitions going with some of the off-road vehicles this year,” Pressgrove said.

Young Life also was instrumental in arranging for the band Dixie Leadfoot & The Chrome Struts to play at Whittle the Wood and at late-night shows at The OP Bar and Grill, though the band will be unable to play at the car show.

“We just wanted to make the weekend bigger and better,” Pressgrove said.

15th annual Whittle the Wood Rendezvous

The event continues through Saturday, featuring 12 carvers from across the country. All events take place at Loudy-Simpson Park unless otherwise noted.

Schedule

Friday

9 a.m. to dusk — Carving all day

4 p.m. — Performance by Dixie Leadfoot & The Chrome Struts

6 p.m. — Performance by Madison Rising

7:30 p.m. — Car Show Cruise along Victory Way

Saturday

8 a.m. — Wake the Whittler 5K and One-Mile Fun Run

9 a.m. — Final stages of carving

10 a.m. — Events begin, including arts and crafts fair, food and crafts vendors, a beer garden and a silent auction

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Bear River Young Life Car and Motorcycle Show, downtown Craig

1 p.m. — Quick Carve Competition

1 p.m. — Performance by SandRock Sound

3 p.m. — Performance by Tuscan Road

5 p.m. — Announcement of winning carvers

5:30 p.m. — Performance by Atlanta Rhythm Section

There is no admission for spectators at Whittle the Wood or the Car Show. Coolers are welcome at Whittle the Wood, but alcohol is not allowed beyond that provided at the beer garden. Free shuttles will be available all day during the Saturday activities of Whittle the Wood from The OP Bar and Grill, 534 E. Victory Way; Mathers’ Bar, 420 Yampa Ave.; J.W. Snack’s Bar & Grill, 210 E. Victory Way; and Kmart, 1198 W. Victory Way. For more information about Whittle the Wood, call 970-826-2029 or visit www.whittlethewood.com, www.facebook.com/...> or www.twitter.com/w...>. For more information about the Car Show’s activities, which includes cash prizes for entrants and a poker walk for spectators, call 970-629-9600 or visit www.facebook.com/brylcarshow.

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