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I was able to find only two events in the area for this weekend, both on Sunday.

If you're in the mood to drive some distance,  there's Dave & Ed's Super Auto Events Canfield Swap Meet and Car Show, and the 41st Annual  Sharonville Classic Car Show.  Both events are also scheduled for Sunday.

I've got friends going to the Sharonville show so I hope to have some photos and report from the show next week.

Also don't forget there's Cars & Coffee at the Lennox Town Center Saturday mornings.

Friday

  • No events scheduled

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Saturday evening the Mid Ohio Cruisers hosted their April Cruisin' with the King at the Marysville, Ohio Burger King.

A steady Northeast wind quickly turned fairly comfortable temperatures at the start of the show into an April chill by the end.  It got cold enough to break out the gloves.  A number of participants couldn't take it and left early.  Fortunately, the club recognized the uncomfortable conditions and presented the awards 30 minutes early so everyone could go home and warm up.

A total of 50 cars registered for this month's show.  Per usual, a fair number of cars showed up but didn't register.  I'm always a little puzzled by this since registration is free.

Along with free registration, the show offers door prizes, 50/50 raffle and 10 "Favorite" awards.

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With the focus of this website being Central Ohio car shows and cruise-in,  I don't normally post events south of Chillicothe or west of Springfield.  However, the schedule is light this week so I'm posting two events, one on Saturday in Owensville and the other on Sunday in Dayton,  that might be of interest to some of you out there.

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Friday evening the Creative Towing/Advanced Auto Parts car show in Marysville, Ohio had the best turn out for its monthly show.

Almost perfect weather and a pent-up demand for a car show following what seems like the longest winter in history saw 28 cars and trucks spend an evening in Marysville.

Jeff Shankle, owner of Creative Towing and host of the show, has a goal of reaching 50 vehicles by the end of the season.

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The rain, snow, cold temperatures, and salt/brine spray on some of the roads put a real damper on the opening weekend. I had planned to attend four events but cold temperatures, summer tires, and salt don't make a very good combination.  I did receive a report that 40 hardy souls turned out for the Rod Knockers show in Marion, Ohio.  If you made it to Big Dawg's show at Buffalo Wings and Rings, let me know in the comment section. Hopefully this weekend starts to act more like spring.

I found Just a few events on the schedule for the second full weekend of April.

UPDATE: See Gil Myers' entry under the Recent Comments section for info on the Buffalo Wings and Rings show.

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The weekly Upcoming Events posts are back!  Stop by this site on Monday or Tuesday each week for a list of car shows and cruise-ins going on in Central Ohio.

Just like baseball, this coming weekend officially "kicks off" the Central Ohio car show season.  Unfortunately, the weather forecast doesn't look like it knows it's time to get the cars out from storage and start showing them.

Here's what I found on tap for this opening weekend.

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The Rod Knockers Car Club of Marion, Ohio and the Auto Smarts Radio Cruise and Ride have announced their car show dates for 2018.

 

 

 

The Mid Ohio Cruisers kicked off the 2018 car show season on Saturday with their annual Snow Ball Cruise-In at the Burger King restaurant in Marysville, Ohio.

Much better weather last year saw 20 vehicles show up for the cruise-in.  Snow fall earlier in the week made road conditions for this year's cruise-in less than ideal and forced many to keep their cars in winter hibernation.  Only nine vehicles, mostly rat rods, braved the messy roads and registered for the show.

Despite the road conditions, the Snow Ball Cruise-In provided an excellent opportunity for a mid- winter "get together". The Burger King dining area was packed wall to wall with car enthusiasts. The crowd had good representation from the Rod Knockers Club of Marion, Ohio and the Vintage Auto Club of Delaware, Ohio.

Door prizes and a 50/50 raffle were offered along with  trophies for three "Favorite" vehicles selected by the members of the Mid Ohio Cruisers.

Here are this year's trophies winners:

The Mid Ohio Cruisers will begin their monthly cruise-in schedule for 2018 on April 21.  For those of you who may not know, the cruise-ins are held on the third Saturday of the month from 6-9 PM, April through October at the Marysville, Ohio Burger King. Registration is free and open to all makes, models and years.  So mark your calendars, it's a great way to spend a Saturday evening.

Editors Note: I was unable to attend this year's cruise-in due to a death in the family.  A special shout out goes to my good friends Jeff Shankle and Frank Sanborn for their on-site reporting in my absence.

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As the end of the year rapidly approaches, It's a good time to take a moment to look back at the 2017 car show season.  I had planned to write this year-end recap  back in November, but family commitments, Thanksgiving, my spouse convalescing from a total knee replacement, and updates to the website delayed this by a few weeks.

Now that things have started to settle down a bit, let's look back at the good, the bad and the ugly of the 2017 season.

I managed to attend 80 events from January through November.  Of the 80 events, only six did I attend as a non-participant.

The list below reflects my opinion of the events I attended. In no way does it encompasses ALL the events that took place in Central Ohio during the season.  If you attended a show or cruise-in not on my list that you thought was exceptionally good or bad, please share it in the comments.  Feel free to also post a comment if you disagree with any of my choices.

Ok, so let's get started with the Good.

BEST REGISTRATION FEE CAR SHOWS:

  1. Champaign Cruisers 4th of July Car Show at Skelley's Lumbar Company in Urbana, Ohio.  You can tell the Cruisers have been doing this for 20 years.  The show is extremely well-organized. The club even goes as far as to mark off parking areas in the grass with spray paint.  There were plenty of food vendors,  nice door prizes, a unique venue, and great mix of vehicles from Ohio and Indiana.
  2. Vettes, Rods and Classic Car Show at the Creekside district in downtown Gahanna, Ohio.  Hosted by the Capital City Corvette Club, this show has grown steadily every year.  The Creekside district makes a unique venue for a car show.  There are plenty of restaurants in the district to meet most everyone's culinary tastes.  Judging is based on a point system, and awards are presented in two categories, one for the Corvettes and the other for the rods and classics.
  3. Cruisin' for a Cause at the Discovery Church in Dublin, Ohio.  This show
    raises money for a different cause each year.  This year the cause was Duchene Muscular Dystrophy.  In addition to the cars, there's also a craft show and model car contest going on simultaneously.  Each year the show offers unique custom hand-made trophies.  All vehicles are thoroughly judged and awards are based on a point system.

Honorable Mention: The Purple Door Cruise In at the Grove City United Methodist Church, Spring Fling All Corvette Show at the Polaris Parkway Quaker Steak and Lube, and Cabela's Charity Car Show and Cruise In at the Cabela's store on Gemini Place in Columbus, Ohio.

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Sad to say the time has come.  This will be the last upcoming events post for the year.  I can't find any shows or cruise-ins in Central Ohio for the remainder of 2017.  I'll resume posting events next year.

With that said, look for my "wrap up" of the season next week.  I'll be posting what I think were the best and worst moments from the 2017 car show season.  Should be an interesting read.

Here's what I have for the last weekend of the season.

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  • No shows or cruise-ins scheduled

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